Tresta Sands


Tresta Sands
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Tresta is a beautiful long white sand beach with stunning cliffs towards the south end. This sheltered, easy access beach is in a calm shallow cove making it ideal for families. Just behind the beach is Papil Water, a fresh water loch that is available for seasonal trout fishing.


Fishing and birdwatching - there is an RSPB reserve nearby which has breeding Red-necked Phalaropes in the Spring time. In June there is a weekend event held here, Fetlar Foy, which has music, games, entertainment and food.

Wildlife and Walks

The place is fantastic for its archaeological remains. The RSPBs reserves is here:

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 Tresta Sands

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There is a free parking area next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season