Scotland’s soils are an important natural resource. They play an essential part in all of our lives, providing us with a wide range of benefits. Some of these benefits are obvious, like growing food, while many are less clear, like filtering water, reducing flood risk and influencing climate.
This website provides data and information on Scotland’s soils. You can look at a range of maps and download the data associated with these maps. We also point to other useful sources of data and information. You can find out about what soils do for us, how well they do it and what happens when they are damaged.
National coverage of the main soil types across ScotlandFind out more
Risk maps show areas of soil at risk of erosion, runoff, leaching and compactionFind out more
The distribution of carbon and peatland classes across the whole of ScotlandFind out more
Provides information on how well a piece of land could grow cropsFind out more
Information for agriculture, forestry, planning & developmentFind out more
Leading international soil science conference came to Glasgow in 2022Find out more