Despite being a small country Scotland has a coastline that’s over 7,300 miles (11,800km) long and nowhere in Scotland is more than 50 miles from the coast. As such it’s not surprising that Scotland has such a rich maritime history. Boasting both Atlantic and North Sea ports Scotland’s sailors, engineers, designers and ships shaped the modern world. Today Scotland offers an unrivalled array of maritime skills. From ship building to nautical colleges, deep sea ports to fishing harbours, oil, gas and renewables specialists, ferries, freight, fleet management, training and support management, all within a very close geographic area.