Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Soil Survey of Scotland maps 1950s-1980s online

From the National Library of Scotland (

New online - Soil Survey of Scotland mapping (1950s-1980s)

To commemorate the International Year of Soils 2015, we’ve collaborated with the James Hutton Institute to put online a set of detailed soil maps across Scotland.

Soil surveys were done by the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, which subsequently created a set of strikingly attractive coloured maps categorising and portraying soil type on Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile base mapping.

The soil maps can be viewed with a clickable map of Scotland and we’ve georeferenced them so that they can easily be compared to present day satellite imagery, or to other maps.

See the maps in a georeferenced layer
See the maps in a side-by-side layer
Soil Survey of Scotland Homepage

(With thanks to the NLS)


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