The Sands of Breckon


The Sands of Breckon
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The Sands of Breckon is a stunning secluded white sand beach in the north of Yell and is surrounded by an SSSI. The beach is sheltered by spectacular sand dunes, providing a wonderful view of the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Access to this beach is a five minute walk from the car park.


A wonderful spot for walking and for exploring the archaeological remains - there are traces of viking and pre-viking settlements here. A walking route around Breckon can be found here:

Wildlife and Walks

The Ness of Houlland offers wonderful views of cliffs on the neighbouring island of Unst and nesting seabirds can be seen along this rocky outcrop. Nesting fulmars can be seen on the rocks surrounding the beach, otters have be seen in amongst the rocks and seals are a common sight in the cove.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 The Sands of Breckon

Bins Bins



Free parking.

Dog restrictions


Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code when crossing farmland

Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season