A number of beaches in the south of Scotland have failed to meet new EU standards and have been classed as 'poor'.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency say a total of 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters have been confirmed as achieving the new, much stricter, European water quality standards.
However, Pease Bay in Scottish Borders is the only beaches across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders to achieve a rating of 'excellent'.
The classifications given are as follows:
- Pease Bay- Excellent
- Brighouse Bay- Good
- Coldingham- Good
- Southerness- Good
- Eyemouth- Poor
- Mossyard- Poor
- Rockcliffe- Poor
- Sandyhills- Poor
Across Scotland's 84 bathing waters, the following classifications were given:
- 17 beaches- Excellent
- 38 beaches- Good
- 12 beaches- Sufficient
- 17 beaches- Poor
SEPA is putting together improvement plans to help each of the 'poor' bathing waters to reach a 'sufficient' standard by 2020.
Three beaches in west Cumbria have been ranked among the best in the North West.
St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg beaches have received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy’s prize for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.
The west Cumbrian trio are three of only 14 beaches in North West England to scoop the award.