South Ayrshire

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

North of the harbour, Maidens is a small village with a long sandy beach and a grassy foreshore.


The beach and area are used for fishing and sailing. There is a horse riding school and this is a good destination for bird watching - Swan Pond is north of the beach and has some fantastic wildlife, from frogs to wildfowl and bats - there is a hide on the northern part of the pond.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the country park to the north and there are marked trails from Culzean Castle. Try the walking route to Maidens from Culzean:

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 Good

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

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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 Maidens

Campsite Campsite Shops Shops



There are two car parks close to the beach.

Dog restrictions


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Beach cleaning

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