North Berwick (Milsey Bay)

East Lothian

North Berwick (Milsey Bay)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

An expansive sandy beach with splendid views of the Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth. Popular family beach with a boat pond built into the rocks providing a place for children to sail boats and paddle. Very close to a picturesque harbour.


The beach and area is used for boat trips and bathing. There are many golf courses nearby. For booking beach wheelchairs in advance, see here:

Wildlife and Walks

There is a seabird centre and a nature reserve on nearby Bass rock (offshore).

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

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Facilities at North Berwick (Milsey Bay)

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There is parking next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information