Heads of Ayr

South Ayrshire

Heads of Ayr
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Heads of Ayr is a small sandy beach backed by a grassy area and dominated by high cliffs. It is a quiet and secluded beach destination. The photo shows Ayr beach with the Heads of Ayr in the background.

Activities

There is a farm park with adventure playground nearby. Coastal walking is popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Ayr is within walking distance. A walk up Brown Carrick Hill for fantastic views, or see Walk Highlands routes in the area: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/glasgow/ayrshire.shtml. The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Ayr Gorge Woodlands Reserve is a short drive away.

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 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

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

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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Facilities at Heads of Ayr

Campsite Campsite

Parking

 

Limited parking available.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.