East Lothian

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Almost hidden behind the rocky outcrop of Torness Point, and within sight of the nuclear power station, this beautiful sandy beach runs south for about 400m, backed along its length by shallow dunes.


The beach is used for swimming, windsurfing and fishing.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a bird watching site at Barns Ness, 3km to the north. The Geology Trail starts in the car park at Whitesands Bay.

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

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

For more information visit

Facilities at Thorntonloch

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets



Car park. which is a short walk from the beach. providing space for about 40 cars.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned weekly during the summer.