Season 2019: Classifications

Scotland’s bathing water classifications under the European Bathing Water Directive are listed below. Classifications are calculated at the end of the 2019 bathing water season and apply to each bathing water for the duration of the 2020 season.

The data behind these classifications can be accessed and visualised using our bathing waters data explorer tool on Scotland's Environment Web.


Bathing water 2019
Aberdeen Good
Aberdour (Silversands) Good
Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands) Sufficient
Achmelvich Excellent
Anstruther (Billow Ness) Excellent
Arbroath (West Links) Good
Ayr (South Beach) Poor
Balmedie Excellent
Brighouse Bay Poor
Broad Sands Good
Broughty Ferry Excellent
Burntisland Good
Carnoustie Good
Carrick Sufficient
Coldingham Excellent
Collieston Good
Crail (Roome Bay) Excellent
Cruden Bay Good
Cullen Bay Good
Culzean Sufficient
Dhoon Bay Poor
Dores Good
Dornoch Excellent
Dunbar (Belhaven) Good
Dunbar (East) Excellent
Dunnet Excellent
Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry Excellent
Elie (Ruby Bay) Excellent
Ettrick Bay Good
Eyemouth Sufficient
Findhorn Excellent
Fisherrow Sands Poor
Fraserburgh (Philorth) Excellent
Fraserburgh (Tiger Hill) Good
Gairloch Beach Excellent
Ganavan Excellent
Girvan Sufficient
Gullane Excellent
Heads of Ayr Excellent
Inverboyndie Sufficient
Irvine Poor
Kinghorn (Harbour Beach) Sufficient
Kinghorn (Pettycur) Good
Kingsbarns Excellent
Kirkcaldy (Seafield) Good
Largs (Pencil Beach) Sufficient
Leven Sufficient
Loch Morlich Excellent
Longniddry Good
Lossiemouth (East) Sufficient
Lunan Bay Excellent
Lunderston Bay Good
Luss Bay Sufficient
Machrihanish Good
Maidens Sufficient
Millport Bay Good
Monifieth Good
Montrose Excellent
Mossyard Good
Nairn (Central) Good
Nairn (East) Sufficient
North Berwick (Milsey Bay) Sufficient
North Berwick (West) Good
Pease Bay Excellent
Peterhead (Lido) Excellent
Portobello (Central) Sufficient
Portobello (West) Sufficient
Prestwick Good
Rockcliffe Poor
Rosehearty Excellent
Rosemarkie Good
Saltcoats/Ardrossan Sufficient
Sand Beach Excellent
Sandyhills Good
Seacliff Excellent
Seamill Sufficient
Seton Sands Sufficient
Southerness Good
St Andrews (East Sands) Good
St Andrews (West Sands) Excellent
Stonehaven Good
Thorntonloch Excellent
Thurso Good
Troon (South Beach) Sufficient
Whitesands Excellent
Yellow Craig Good

Excellent 29 (34%)
Good 31 (35%)
Sufficient 20 (23%)
Poor 6 (8%)
Total 86