City of Aberdeen

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

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Situated within Aberdeen Bay, this is a sandy town beach, sandwiched between the River Don and River Dee estuaries, with amusements and a golf course nearby.


This beach and surrounding area is used for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, fishing and golf.

Wildlife and Walks

To the north end of the beach is the Donmouth Nature Reserve, good for bird watching and seal watching. To the south, off the break water, you can see dolphins.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

View latest forecast here.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Aberdeen

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Parking available. Free street parking.

Dog restrictions


Dog exclusion zone on beach between groynes 5 and 13. Dog bins along promenade.

Beach cleaning

No current information