Bathing Waters

Live update information:

Scotland’s Bathing Water season has now ended. Monitoring will recommence in May 2019.
25/09/2018 12:07:16

Scotland has 86 designated bathing waters where we monitor water quality from 15 May to 15 September.

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.

Bathing water profiles provide more information about each site.

Improving Scotland’s water environment remains 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 08452 30 30 98.

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.