West Voe Sands


West Voe Sands
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

West Voe Sands is a long sweeping white sand beach located on the southern tip of Shetland where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is easily accessed and popular with dog walkers and families. Picnic tables with views down over the beach are available for use.


Explore the nearby historic settlement: Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement and the Visit Scotland Sumburgh Information Centre is nearby. Shetland’s website have more information on local walks: http://www.shetland.org/things/outdoor/walking/jarlshof-to-sumburgh-head-and-grutness-circular

Wildlife and Walks

Nearby is Sumburgh Head RSPB reserve where you can encounter a large variety of seabirds and see puffins close up. A walking route around these sites can be found at http://www.walkshetland.com/jarlshof-to-sumburgh-head-and-grutness-circular.php

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

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 Voe Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets



A free car park and picnic table area is available at the west end of the beach.

Dog restrictions


Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season.