Bathing Waters

Live update information:

Scotland’s 2020 bathing season has been designated by Scottish Government as 15 July to 15 September. Daily water quality predictions are available on the SEPA website and via our electronic signs at 28 beach locations. These provide real time water quality advice to the public. During this shortened season, we aim to sample water quality at most bathing waters to check that conditions are as expected according to the overall classification. Results will be available on our website during the season. Sample numbers will necessarily be lower compared to previous years due to the shortened season and COVID restrictions affecting our laboratories.
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Scotland has 85 designated bathing waters where we monitor water quality from 15 May to 15 September and publish the sampling results online.

The general water quality condition for each location is described by a classification statement – excellent, good, sufficient and poor – based on four years of monitoring data. These classifications are calculated at the end of one season for display at the start of the following season.

Daily water quality predictions are accessible from electronic information signs at selected bathing waters. This network allows us to inform the public about current bathing water quality and to advise of potentially poorer quality following a short-term pollution event. These predictions are available online and by calling our Beachline service on 03000 99 66 99.

Bathing water profiles provide more information about each site.

Improving Scotland’s water environment is a priority for us. We continue to work with our partners to raise all sites to the sufficient or better classification and to make our summer visits to the beach safer and more enjoyable.

How is the information made available?

During the bathing waters season, sampling results are published online, along with profiles for each bathing water which provide further information about each site.

Daily water quality predictions are accessible from electronic information signs at 29 bathing waters. This network allows us to inform the public about current bathing water quality and to advise of potentially poorer quality following a short-term pollution event. These predictions can also be accessed from our mobile website or by calling our Beachline service on 03000 99 66 99.

At the close of the season, the water quality classifications are calculated and displayed on our website

Contact us

For more information about Scotland’s bathing waters or how to interpret and use data, please contact us.