Wemyss Bay

North Ayrshire

Wemyss Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Wemyss is a small town on the banks of the Firth of Clyde. It has a ferry service across to the Isle of Bute. It has a small rocky beach with parts of the town stretching along the waterfront.


Boating is popular here and there are boat trips to the Isle of Bute. There is a fine railway station here.

Wildlife and Walks

Take the ferry to Rothesay (30 mins) and explore the town and surrounds. The Inverclyde Ramblers give details of coastal walks and walking in the area: http://www.inverclyderamblers.org.uk/coast.html

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

Facilities at Wemyss Bay

Campsite Campsite Slipway Slipway



Parking is limited.

Dog restrictions


No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information