Gairloch Beach

Highland

Gairloch
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This sheltered spectacular sandy beach has large dunes and heather to the rear. It is accessed via a wooden boardwalk from the car park beside the golf course.

Activities

Boating, walking and exploring. Visit the town for a bite to eat, in Gairloch and the Gairloch Heritage Museum.

Wildlife and Walks

Plenty to explore including footpaths around the Flowerdale Estate and Flowerdale falls - Walk Highlands have more details of walking routes in the area.

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.

Weather

There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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 Gairloch Beach

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops

Parking

 

Free parking.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.