Dunnet Bay - Castlehill

Highland

Dunnet Bay - Castlehill
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A wide sandy bay which joins with Dunnet Beach to the north. There is food and facilities in nearby Castletown and a cafe on the north part of the beach.

Activities

Surfing is popular here. For walking in the area, Walk Highlands has some excellent routes: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland/dunnet-head.shtml

Wildlife and Walks

The marked Flagstone trail leaves from nearby Castlehill. Visit Dunnet Head to the north which is good for bird watching. The nearby St John’s Pool is a haven for bird life: http://www.stjohnspool-birds.co.uk/

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.

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 Dunnet Bay - Castlehill

Parking

 

Parking available by the beach, off Harbour Road.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.