More Scots beaches receive ‘top water quality award'

The Marine Conservation Society – which publishes the ‘Good Beach Guide’ each year – has recommended a record number of Scottish beaches during its testing last summer as having excellent water quality. 

The guide, published by MCS today [Tuesday], has recommended 54 of Scotland’s beaches this year, up from 42 last year. There was further good news, however, as none of Scotland’s beaches failed its water quality test – down from four last year.

Commenting, MEP for Scotland Alyn Smith said:

“Scotland has some of the best coastal scenery in the world and, rather surprisingly, it makes up to ten per cent of the whole of Europe’s. It’s not just the scenery we should be celebrating however, as we can see from the publication of this guide today, our beaches are not only picturesque but they’re clean and of the highest standard of water quality.

“Last summer was one of the warmest in recent memory with many of us flooding towards our beaches to enjoy ourselves. Hopefully, with this further confirmation that Scotland’s seasides are clean, we will see more of us heading to the coasts this summer.

“The Scottish Government should also be congratulated on its sterling work to improve the quality of our marine life. This, coupled with the Scottish Government’s tourism strategy and a bit of luck with the weather, could see Scotland’s coastline as the place to be this summer.”