Whitesands (East Lothian)

East Lothian

Whitesands (East Lothian)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

An attractive compact beach with fine golden sand bounded by a rocky shore and backed by low coastal grassland spotted with picnic tables. An ideal place for an early-morning swim. There are pleasant views to be had along the coast.

Activities

The beach is used for swimming and walking. There is a golf club to the north of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The Geology Trail starts and ends in the car park and this is a good base for easy coastal walks and rambles. There is excellent bird watching - the local pools and bushes attract a wide range of species especially at migration time.

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 Good

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

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 Whitesands (East Lothian)

Parking

 

Ample space on grassland.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned weekly during the summer.

Lifeguards

None.