Gruinard Beach


Gruinard Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This unspoilt sheltered sandy beach is surrounded by magnificent scenery. Steep steps lead down from the road to the beach. An excellent location for day tripping, with clear water, fine sand and rock pools. There are however no facilities. The mouth of the river Inverianvie flows onto the beach.


Coastal walks and enjoying the stunning views. Unusual stones here make this place of interest to geology enthusiasts.

Wildlife and Walks

Coastal walks with great views of the surrounding mountains and islands. For more information on the local walks in the area, Walk Highlands have more information:

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.


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

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Facilities at Gruinard Beach

Campsite Campsite



Free parking by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information