West Sandwick Beach

Shetland

West Sandwick Beach
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

West Sandwick Beach is a quaint white sand beach on the west coast of Yell. This surprising little gem, is hidden from view by its dunes and offers amazing views of rocky outcrops towards the northern mainland of Shetland.

Activities

Walking and wildlife watching.

Wildlife and Walks

The birds on Yell are fantastic - there’s more information the best birding spots here: http://www.nature-shetland.co.uk/birdclub/where.htm

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.

Weather

There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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 rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at West Sandwick Beach

Parking

 

Free parking is available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season.

Lifeguards

None.