Ettrick Bay

Argyll & Bute

Ettrick Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

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A wide sandy bay surrounded by low cliffs within the Firth of Clyde. Burns run out onto the beach and there is a tea room for refreshments.

Activities

Visiting the famous nearby stone circle. Bathing is popular with locals and tourists alike. There is a bird hide to the south of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll up the valley to the stone circle. Walk Highlands detail some excellent routes: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/isle-of-bute.shtml

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

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

View latest forecast here.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Ettrick Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

Parking next to the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.