Coastal Tours


After the success of our tour with the coastal community of Granton, we have started to develop more tours along the coast of Edinburgh and its surroundings. These tours pay attention to the ways in which we know the coast, historically as well as today, paying attention to coastal communities as well as biodiversity in the intertidal zone, such as birds and seaweeds.

Birding Trail Even in an urban environment, we can see thriving wildlife when we’re careful to be aware of the living things around us. Edinburgh and its surrounding areas are a particularly interesting environment for birds, and encompass many sites for birdwatching, particularly along the seashore.

Please note that not all stops are close to Edinburgh city centre and so do take this into account when planning to do the tour. There are good public transport links, e.g. bus to Cramond, bus or train towards North Berwick. The Isle of May and Bass Rock can be visited via the Seabird Centre (please book in advance as often sold out) or via organised tours from Anstruther in Fife.
The Curious Edinburgh concept is so popular it is being copied in other towns and cities, including Curious St Andrews. Developed by colleagues from St Andrews University it showcases the history of The Royal Burgh of St Andrews which located on the east coast of Fife. From Edinburgh, St. Andrews can be reached by train and bus.
In collaboration with the RSE Young Academy of Scotland we have created an interactive Coastal Knowledge Map which allows everyone to share their knowledge and experiences of the Scottish coast. Please share your coastal stories, pictures or artworks. The map is accompanied by a series of podcast on the Scottish Coast on topics ranging from wildlife preservation to seaweed, golf and archaeology.