Thurso

Highland

Thurso
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy beach in the town of Thurso. The eastern area of the beach has some rocky reefs that produce some of the UK’s most celebrated waves for surfing.

Activities

Surfing is popular here. Thurso is the port for the ferry to the Orkney Islands. Visit the Thurso museum, which really brings the history of the place alive. The museum also has a collection of birds which can be seen around the coast (taxidermy) and are excellent for enhancing your ID skills!

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the town and surrounding coastline or take the ferry on a day trip to the Orkney Islands, which are seeped in history and have wonderful wildlife.

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 Sufficient

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.

Weather

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Thurso

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops

Parking

 

Parking available close to the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.