Season 2017/2018: Classifications

Scotland’s expected bathing water classifications under the European Bathing Water Directive are listed below. Classifications are calculated at the end of the 2017 bathing water season and apply to each bathing water for the duration of the 2018 season. Confirmed classifications will be issued by the EU in spring 2018.

Details of how these classifications are calculated, explanations of what they mean, and a summary of improvements to date and going forwards can be found in our Sepa View article.

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


Bathing water 2017/2018
Aberdeen Sufficient
Aberdour (Silversands) Excellent
Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands) Good
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 Good
Coldingham Good
Collieston Good
Crail (Roome Bay) Excellent
Cruden Bay Poor
Cullen Bay Sufficient
Culzean Sufficient
Dhoon Bay Poor
Dores Good
Dornoch Excellent
Dunbar (Belhaven) Good
Dunbar (East) Good
Dunnet Excellent
Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry Excellent
Elie (Ruby Bay) Excellent
Ettrick Bay Good
Eyemouth Poor
Findhorn Good
Fisherrow Sands Poor
Fraserburgh (Philorth) Excellent
Fraserburgh (Tiger Hill) Sufficient
Gairloch Beach Excellent
Ganavan Excellent
Girvan Sufficient
Gullane Excellent
Heads of Ayr Poor
Inverboyndie Sufficient
Irvine Sufficient
Kinghorn (Harbour Beach) Poor
Kinghorn (Pettycur) Good
Kingsbarns Excellent
Kirkcaldy (Seafield) Good
Largs (Pencil Beach) Good
Leven Good
Loch Morlich Excellent
Longniddry Good
Lossiemouth (East) Sufficient
Lunan Bay Good
Lunderston Bay Good
Luss Bay Sufficient
Machrihanish Excellent
Maidens Good
Millport Bay Excellent
Monifieth Good
Montrose Excellent
Mossyard Good
Nairn (Central) Sufficient
Nairn (East) Sufficient
North Berwick (Milsey Bay) Good
North Berwick (West) Good
Pease Bay Excellent
Peterhead (Lido) Good
Portobello (Central) Sufficient
Portobello (West) Poor
Prestwick Good
Rockcliffe Poor
Rosehearty Good
Rosemarkie Good
Saltcoats/Ardrossan Sufficient
Sand Beach Excellent
Sandyhills Poor
Seacliff Excellent
Seamill Good
Seton Sands Sufficient
Southerness Excellent
St Andrews (East Sands) Excellent
St Andrews (West Sands) Excellent
Stonehaven Good
Thorntonloch Good
Thurso Sufficient
Troon (South Beach) Good
Whitesands Good
Yellow Craig Sufficient

Excellent 25 (29.1%)
Good 34 (39.5%)
Sufficient 16 (18.6%)
Poor 11 (12.8%)
Total 86