Season 2016/2017: Classifications

Scotland’s bathing water classifications under the new European Bathing Water Directive are listed below. These classifications are calculated at the end of the 2016 bathing water season and apply to each bathing water for the duration of the 2017 season.

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 2016/2017
Aberdeen Good
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 Sufficient
Broad Sands Good
Broughty Ferry Excellent
Burntisland Good
Carnoustie Good
Carrick Excellent
Coldingham Good
Collieston Good
Crail (Roome Bay) Excellent
Cruden Bay Poor
Cullen Bay Good
Culzean Good
Dhoon Bay Sufficient
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 Sufficient
Findhorn Good
Fisherrow Sands Poor
Fraserburgh (Philorth) Excellent
Fraserburgh (Tiger Hill) Sufficient
Ganavan Excellent
Girvan Sufficient
Gullane Excellent
Heads of Ayr Poor
Inverboyndie Good
Irvine Sufficient
Kinghorn (Harbour Beach) Poor
Kinghorn (Pettycur) Good
Kingsbarns Excellent
Kirkcaldy (Seafield) Good
Largs (Pencil Beach) Excellent
Leven Good
Loch Morlich Excellent
Longniddry Good
Lossiemouth (East) Good
Lunan Bay Good
Lunderston Bay Good
Luss Bay Good
Machrihanish Excellent
Maidens Good
Millport Bay Excellent
Monifieth Poor
Montrose Excellent
Mossyard Good
Nairn (Central) Poor
Nairn (East) Poor
North Berwick (Milsey Bay) Good
North Berwick (West) Good
Pease Bay Excellent
Peterhead (Lido) Good
Portobello (Central) Sufficient
Portobello (West) Poor
Prestwick Sufficient
Rockcliffe Sufficient
Rosehearty Excellent
Rosemarkie Good
Saltcoats/Ardrossan Sufficient
Sandyhills Poor
Seacliff Excellent
Seamill Good
Seton Sands Good
Southerness Excellent
St Andrews (East Sands) Excellent
St Andrews (West Sands) Good
Stonehaven Good
Thorntonloch Excellent
Thurso Good
Troon (South Beach) Sufficient
Whitesands Good
Yellow Craig Poor

Excellent 26 (31%)
Good 36 (43%)
Sufficient 11 (13%)
Poor 11 (13%)
Total 84