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Designated and former bathing waters: 2021 bathing season

Last updated: 26 May 2021 - see all updates
Published: 1 Jun 2021

A list of bathing waters for the 2021 bathing season, which runs from 1 June to 15 September 2021.

Published:
1 Jun 2021
Designated and former bathing waters: 2021 bathing season

Bathing waters designated under the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008

List of bathing waters for the 2021 bathing season (1 June to 15 September 2021)

Bathing water name

Location (local authority area)

Geographical description

Aberdeen

Aberdeen City

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ9531307834 to NJ9543207823 and from NJ9554406311 to NJ9563406333 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Aberdour (Silver Sands)

Fife

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT2029485568 to NT2041585517 and bounded by MHWS to NT2011884989 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT19150 84584, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT19421 85096, then following a pier and the bank of the Dour Burn and a 100m seaward buffer. Does not include the beach area to the North of Dour Burn.

Achmelvich

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NC0546324922 to NC0547524939 and from NC0565424977 to NC0562124991 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Anstruther (Billow Ness)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO56216 02947 following the seaward edge of tidal rocks to NO56416 02961 and a 100m seaward buffer

Arbroath (West Links)

Angus

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO6340240093 to NO6329539888 and from NO6226939416 to NO6243939292 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Ayr (South Beach)

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NS3191919383 to NS3171419832 and bounded by MHWS to NS3294122643 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Balmedie

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ9850019263 to NJ9868719273 and from NJ9757617000 to NJ9773416936 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Brighouse Bay

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore from NX6323245167 following the seaward edge of tidal rocks and MHWS to NX6344845127 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Broad Sands

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT5344385536, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT5342785628 and from NT5185485972 to NT5183386123 and then following the seaward edge of tidal rocks to NT5218086224 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Broughty Ferry

Dundee City

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO4647530357 to NO4647130343 and from NO4782631003 to NO4798130666 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Burntisland

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT2582586255 to NT2582786060 and from NT2392885536 to NT2391385526 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Carnoustie

Angus

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO5664334387, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NO5686034266 and from NO5616233938, following the edge of the area of sand, to NO5660233882 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Carrick

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NX5735750439 to NX5686950297 and from NX5762449794 to NX5733549659 and following the edge of tidal rocks to NX5702749642 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Coldingham

Scottish Borders

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT9170666696, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NT9181266650 and from NT9178266428, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NT9186166510 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Collieston

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NK04048 28466 to NK04076 28459 and from NK04114 28569, following the western edge of the pier, to NK04111 28458 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Crail (Roome Bay)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO6158707687 to NO6165307639 and from NO6209007779, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO6212207681 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Cruden Bay

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NK0880035636 and NK0893335506, bounded by MHWS to NK0850933648 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Cullen Bay

Moray

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NJ5038967459 to NJ5044267543 and bounded by MHWS to NJ4972068052 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Culzean

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2201309592, following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS2199609645 and from NS2215109693, following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS2207209739 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Dhoon Bay1

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NX6600248809 to NX6610448718 and from NX6571848563, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NX6588648509. 

Dores2

Highland

The area of water extending 100m from the loch edge between NH5933235193 and NH5978734839.

Dornoch

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NH8072990622 to NH8086990617 and from NH8071587290 to NH8085687123 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Dunbar (Belhaven)

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT6465879771 to NT6487479958 and from NT6571578750 to NT6591779217 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Dunbar (East)

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT6810179113, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT6832579043 and from NT6820378842, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT6836078856 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Dunnet

Highland

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from ND2043868164, following the edge of the area of sand, to ND2035768596 and bounded by MHWS and seaward edge of tidal rocks to ND2138270909 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry

Fife

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT4810799506, following boundary between sand and rocks, to NT4850099707 and bounded by MHWS to NT4915199685 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Elie (Ruby Bay)

Fife

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT4930099515, bounded by harbour wall and MHWS, to NT4956199462 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Ettrick Bay

Argyll and Bute

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS0428565393, following edge of area of sand, to NS0385365145 and from NS0297366334 to NS0301366231 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Eyemouth

Scottish Borders

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT9431964523, following seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT9440464549 and from NT9459964476, following seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT9457364528 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Findhorn

Moray

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ0322364861 to NJ0322765249 and from NJ0460464840 to NJ0462264923 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Fraserburgh (Philorth)

 

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NK0108265368 to NK0111965509 and from NK0308465464 to NK0307865493 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Fraserburgh (Tiger Hill)

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NK0108265368 to NK0111965509 and bounded by MHWS to NK0013366337 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Ganavan

Argyll and Bute

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NM8623132977, bounded by MHWS and seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NM8607732730 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Gairloch Beach

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NG80290 75344 to NG80237 75451 and from NG80507 75840 to NG80394 75936 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Girvan

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NX1813596186, following seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NX1801996229 and bounded by MHWS to NX1802098270 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Gullane

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT4810884227 to NT4803584247 and bounded by MHWS and seaward edge of tidal rocks to NT4659783274 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Heads of Ayr

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2968718633 to NS2958518837 and from NS3070619300, following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS3063219427 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Inverboyndie

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ6676064905 to NJ6680364962 and from NJ6745964613 to NJ6744964692 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Irvine

North Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS3043637772 to NS3030837669 and from NS3190335674 to NS3174235599 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Kinghorn (Harbour Beach)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT2718686897, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT2724786769 and from NT2705086493, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT2713286407 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Kinghorn (Pettycur)

Fife

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT2582586255 to NT2582786060 and bounded by MHWS to NT2653586081 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Kingsbarns

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO6016812620, following seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NO6034012710 and from NO6060811873 to NO6071412028 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Kirkcaldy (Seafield)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT2791690102 to NT2809190102 and from NT2798889452 to NT2808889452 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Largs (Pencil Beach)

North Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2065658049 to NS2058157966 and from NS2073057653 to NS2068657653 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Leven

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO3847300653 to NO3869400460 and from NO4000002015 to NO4013801840 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Loch Morlich2

Highland

A 100m buffer from the loch edge between NH9725409627 and NH9701109918. 

Longniddry

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT4330376490 to NT4306076701 extending around the rocks to NT4294276722 and from NT4411577326 along the rocks to NT4374477425 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Lossiemouth (East)

Moray

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ2387970638 to NJ2399070819 and from NJ2520869666 to NJ2528869780 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Lunan Bay

Angus

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO6906651166 to NO6942451087 and from NO6969352550, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NO6974752548 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Lunderston Bay

Inverclyde

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2039574375 to NS2033674375 and from NS2021374720, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NS2011974712 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Luss Bay2

Argyll and Bute

The area of water extending 100 m from the loch edge between NS3603493099 and NS3606093492.

Machrihanish

Argyll and Bute

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NR6545026255, along the tidal rocks, to NR6538926241 and from NR6401220820, along the tidal rocks, to NR6400720864 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Maidens

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2115607942, following the eastern edge of the pier, to NS2116208276 and from NS2195009490 following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS2189209361 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Millport Bay

North Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NS1716554842, bounded by MHWS, to NS1609354742 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Monifieth

Angus

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO49367 32032 to NO49367 31628 and from NO50157 32097 to NO50305 31769 and a 100m seaward buffer.

Montrose

Angus

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO7282958605 to NO7307358574 and from NO7266757752 to NO7292157676 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Mossyard

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NX5470851414, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NX5472651320 and from NX5525751982 to NX5577451778 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Nairn (Central)

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NH8801257099 to NH8800857159 and from NH8884857278 to NH8884357397 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Nairn (East)

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NH8893557297 to NH8892357470 and from NH8992257796 to NH8967758095 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

North Berwick (Milsey Bay)

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT5672985339 to NT5665585364 and from NT5562885372, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NT5577385494 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

North Berwick (West)

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT5476085613, following the edge of the tidal rocks to NT5497685774 and bounded by MHWS to NT5526885620 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Pease Bay

Scottish Borders

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NT7912471135, following the edge of the tidal rocks to NT7919871201 and from NT7961770885, following the edge of the tidal rocks to NT7958871057 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Peterhead (Lido)

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NK1246345255 following the line of the shore southwards to NK1250644944, and from NK1253045255 following the low water mark to NK1259044991 and a 50 m seaward buffer.

Portobello (Central)

City of Edinburgh

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT3055874304 to NT3067974471 and from NT3171373476 to NT3178473578 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Portobello (West)

City of Edinburgh

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT2960575255 to NT2970875359 and from NT3039374412 to NT3053774583 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Prestwick

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NS3400627898 to NS3386427836 and bounded by MHWS to NS3403024958 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Rockcliffe1

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore between a line drawn from NX8466353623 along the tidal rocks and MHWS, to NX8492253440.

Rosehearty

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NJ9330467699, following the edge of the pier, to NJ9341567725 and from NJ9434267666, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NJ9429167785 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Rosemarkie

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NH7379157614 to NH7385657610 and from NH7387158051, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NH7401358069 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Saltcoats/Ardrossan

North Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS2323541994, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NS2319241806 and from NS2416141355, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NS2390341382 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Sand Beach Gairloch

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NG76167 77584 to NG76139 77555 and from NG75497 78581, along the river bank to NG75286 78400 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Sandyhills1

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore bounded by MHWS and a line drawn from NX8992155253 to NX8931554843.

Seacliff

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT6028084691, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT6041984719 and from NT6077084530, following the seaward edge of tidal rocks, to NT6093884875 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Seamill

North Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS1944647576, following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS1941147491 and from NS2013147034, following the edge of tidal rocks, to NS2003546967 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Seton Sands

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT4109975922 to NT4089276225 and from NT4330376490 to NT4306076701 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Southerness

Dumfries and Galloway

The area of foreshore extending 500m from MHWS between lines drawn from NX9598354634 to NX9581854161 and from NX9832755978 to NX9865055588 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

St. Andrews (East Sands)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO5171016583, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO5207716410 and from NO5198515899, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO5219115995 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

St. Andrews (West Sands)

Fife

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO4991218977 to NO5037719079 and from NO5034617270, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO5073117376 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Stonehaven

Aberdeenshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NO8799086730, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO8807986570 and from NO8762485681, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NO8779985791 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Thorntonloch

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT7518974753, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NT7552074578 and from NT7561173708 to NT7564073960 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Thurso

Highland

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from ND1141168748, following the edge of tidal rocks, to ND1145068809 and from ND1206468826, following the edge of tidal rocks, to ND1201168888 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Troon (South Beach)

South Ayrshire

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NS3180230806, following the edge of the tidal rocks, to NS3174430667 and from NS3281629188 to NS3259529076 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Whitesands

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT7078677614, following the edge of the tidal rocks and shingle, to NT7120477641 and from NT7142277302, following the edge of the shingle, to NT7133377618 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Yellowcraig

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT5118486148 to NT5120886298 and from NT5185385969 to NT5174286274 and a 100 m seaward buffer.

Notes

References to features in the geographical descriptions are those shown on the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Landranger map series.

  1. These designations have no seaward buffer as they do not extend as far as MLWS due to the extent of the tidal sands or mudflats.
  2. These designations have no associated foreshore as they occur in fresh water.

Basic definitions

Foreshore – area between Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS). 

Seaward buffer – this covers the area of sea extending seaward from MLWS. 

Bathing waters de-designated under the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008

List of former bathing waters for the 2021 bathing season (1 June to 15 September 2021)

Former bathing water name

Location (local authority area)

Geographical description

Fisherrow Sands

East Lothian

The area of foreshore between lines drawn from NT3280173176 to NT3296973470 and from NT3336473062 to NT3334873437 and a 100 m seaward buffer. 

Notes

Basic definitions

Foreshore – area between Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS). 

Seaward buffer – this covers the area of sea extending seaward from MLWS. 

First published: 1 Jun 2021 Last updated: 26 May 2021 -