SIFSS (Soil Indicators for Scottish Soils) is an app that allows you to find out what soil type is in your area, to explore the characteristics of around 600 different Scottish soils, to discover the differences in soil characteristics between cultivated and uncultivated soils and to examine a range of key indicators of soil quality.

You can also use the app to view all of our published soil mapping, plus a selection of our thematic maps, including the popular Land Capability for Agriculture.

SIFSS is the only app that gives you access to the Soil Survey of Scotland.

SIFSS allows you to use your device's GPS or to use a place name or postcode, or just browse using the image map on your device to choose a location in Scotland to investigate information about soil. This information includes pH, soil carbon, N, P, K etc. directly from the James Hutton Institute database.

What's New

Version 2.2.2

This version includes a more flexible menu so that we can include more soil maps of Scotland. This version also includes a map of soil pH and the National Soil Inventory of Scotland profile points. We have also included an additional Esri base map - relief. Combine this with some transparency on the map overlays to get some interesting combinations and insights.


The James Hutton Institute
60.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 The James Hutton Institute


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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