Aberdour (Silversands)


Aberdour (Silversands)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Offers the freshness and variety of the seaside as well as the peace and tranquility of the countryside. The shoreline has views to the Islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm. The Fife coastal path passes by this beach.


The beach is used for: swimming, sailing, fishing, surfing, wind surfing and canoeing. There is zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

Silver Sands is connected to the Fife Coastal Path and millennium cycleways network.

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 Excellent

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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 Aberdour (Silversands)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs restricted area.

Beach cleaning

Beach is mechanically cleaned weekly, with daily litter picks in the summer season.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 27th May - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 09th September - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.