Argyll & Bute

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A quiet and rural sandy beach stretches for three miles and is located on the Mull of Kintyre Peninsular. Favoured by surfers, the beach adjoins the Machrihanish Golf Course. There is a pub to the south of the beach.


Surfing and golf are popular here. Mill Park and garden is south of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

A rural beach suited for a quiet coastal walk to take in the beautiful sunset and sea air. Walk Highlands details some excellent 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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
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 Machrihanish

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Free parking.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information