Strathy Bay


Strathy Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A beautiful rural sandy bay, sheltered by a rocky headland. Naturally formed with sand dunes, it has outstanding views of the Pentland Firth. The river Strathy runs out onto the beach at the western end.


A good spot for surfing. SW is offshore but there is some shelter from westerly winds. There is no cafe onsite but the Strathy Inn is nearby for a bite to eat or for dinner.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the caves at this remote beach. There is a good walk to Reay, along the North Highland Way.

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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Tide times

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 Strathy Bay



Free parking with a walk to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information