Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands)

Fife

Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This is a small and secluded stretch of sand with rocky outcrops nestling on the south side of the village of Aberdour. Its natural features make it popular with the visitor and locals alike providing an ideal natural retreat.

Activities

Swimming, sailing and fishing are popular here and this is a good area for golf.

Wildlife and Walks

The Fife Coastal Path runs along side Black Sands Wildlife Reserve. The coastline is protected for conservation. Several bird species can be seen including oystercatcher and redshank. Seals and whales are occasionally sighted.

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 Good

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.


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 Aberdour Harbour (Black Sands)

Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

Limited street parking.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly manually and mechanically.

Lifeguards

None.