Scotland’s beaches in excellent condition as warm weather continues


The SNP today welcomed reports today that 95% Scotland’s bathing waters have been given a clean bill of health – including a number of beaches receiving ‘good’ status.

As Scotland enjoys a fine spell of sunny weather with families and individuals taking to the beaches across the country, the European Bathing Water report has found that the quality of coastal and inland swimming waters is improving across the UK, with nearly all of our beaches having achieved ‘mandatory’ status by the end of last season, and nearly half having met the tougher ‘guideline’ standard.

Kevin Stewart, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, said:

“This is very welcome news – coming just as the summer finally appears to be upon us. 

“Scotland is blessed with countless fabulous beaches – many of them close to my constituency.  Balmedie, Cruden Bay and Stonehaven all of which gained good or mandatory status.

“The SNP is dedicated to a cleaner and greener Scotland and this is backed-up by our commitment to making Scotland the world leader in renewable energy.”

The European Bathing Water report has published results from tests on 617 UK sites which show an overall improvement in the quality of coastal and inland swimming waters.

Philorth and Tigerhill at Fraserburgh, Inverboyndie, Peterhead, Rosehearty, Achmelvich, Dornoch, Dunnet and Loch Morlich beaches all received excellent results when measured against strict European Union guidelines.