Welcome to the Scotland's Soils website

Scotland’s soils are a valuable but vulnerable natural resource which provide us with many benefits such as food, clean water and carbon storage.

Despite their importance, soils are often overlooked, so this website aims to make Scotland’s wealth of information and data about soils more accessible for everyone – whether you are making decisions about the environment, or want to understand more about what soils are and what they do for us. There is also information on some of the challenges we face in managing soils in Scotland, with links to further information on how we can help protect them.

Scotland’s Soils website aims to provide data and information from reliable and  trusted providers, such as the James Hutton Institute (and its predecessors the Macaulay Institute and the Soil Survey of Scotland).

New-look site on the way!

A new-look Scotland’s Soils website is being planned for late 2016 which will be more interactive, more user-friendly and more in tune with what users of Scotland’s soils information need. To have your say and help us make it better, please fill in the short survey which should only take a few minutes of your time. 

Latest additions

  • NSIS data map

    NSIS1
    National Soil Inventory of Scotland

  • Scottish Soil Survey

    Scottish Soil Survey
    Find out about the diversity of Scotland′s soils and soil types in your area