South Ayrshire

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

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A long sandy bay with views over to Arran. This beach is close to Prestwick international airport and jets fly over its northern end. There are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants in Prestwick.


There is a golf course and cycle routes nearby. There is an activity centre and karting near the beach. This is a good spot for angling.

Wildlife and Walks

If walking northwards along the beach it is possible to cross the Pow Burn at low tide although you may well get your feet wet. Walk to Irvine and Bogside flats SSSI (north):

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

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

View latest forecast here.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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 Prestwick

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There are two car parks right on the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information