Fraserburgh (Philorth)


Fraserburgh (Philorth)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

East of Tiger Hill, this is a sandy beach backed by an impressive dune system. The beach is popular with families. There are more facilities on the western side of the beach, towards Fraserburgh.


People use this beach for swimming and walking and there is a seashore centre.

Wildlife and Walks

Close to Formartine and Buchan Way and next to the Waters of Philorth Local Nature Reserve. The sand dune system holds a lot of vegetation and the saltmarsh and reedbeds attract a variety of waders.

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

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

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Facilities at Fraserburgh (Philorth)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a car park to the west of the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

The beach is not cleaned.