Dumfries & Galloway

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Water Quality

Annual classification


Today's forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are made at this site.

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A sandy beach with shallow waters. Low tide can reveal miles of sand and other secluded bays.


Good for exploring rock pools. There is a golf course nearby.

Wildlife and Walks

The Needles Eye Sea Arch is within walking distance. Walk Highlands describe a walking route which takes in the Arch: RSPB reserve - Mersehead - is to the east of this stretch of coastline.

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


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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

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 Sandyhills

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets



Parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information