Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry


Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach is composed of dark-golden sand backed by dunes, and its sheltered position means that it provides a safe location for bathing.


Swimming and watersports are popular here, with Elie Watersports being on the eastern side of the bay. Walk and visit Elie Ness Lighthouse and Lady’s Tower to the east of the beach. This is also a good area for golf, with several courses near Earlsferry town.

Wildlife and Walks

A great area for coastal walks - the Fife Coastal Path runs past the beach: http://www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk/. Walk Highlands also have information about walking in the area: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fife-stirling/

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 Elie (Harbour) and Earlsferry

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



Parking is available next to the beach, off South Street.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned frequently during the summer.