Dunbar (Belhaven)

East Lothian

Dunbar (Belhaven)
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Sitting in front of John Muir Country Park, Belhaven Bay stretches from Belhaven to the River Tyne. Low sheltering sand dunes, salt marsh and grasslands. Much favoured for walking, picnics and sunbathing with great views across the Forth Estuary.


The beach and surrounding area is used for horse riding, wildlife watching and golf.

Wildlife and Walks

Cliff top walk which passes the harbour and ruined castle. Explore the reserve here: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/200232/tourism_and_visitor_attractions_a-z/1511/countryside_sites/14

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.


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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 Dunbar (Belhaven)

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Linkfield Car Park is next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply.

Beach cleaning

No current information