A NORTH-east beach looks set to be rated one of the best in Scotland, according to an environmental agency.
Fraserburgh Philorth is predicted to be one of just 17 of the country’s beaches to receive the highest rating when tighter European water quality standards are introduced next year.
Aberdeen, Balmedie, Montrose and Peterhead Lido are all predicted to rank ‘good’.
However, SEPA has anticipated Stonehaven and Cruden Bay will be among the few Scottish beaches to be rated “poor” in spring 2016 as part of the Bathing Water Directive.
Fraserburgh Philorth is the only North-east beach to receive a predicted ‘excellent’ rating. While the town’s Tiger Hill beach and Lossiemouth East are anticipated to be ‘sufficient’.
The new classifications are calculated based on four years of monitoring data. The new rating system takes the overall number of bacteria present into account over this period to give a more consistent picture of water quality condition when assigning the status of a bathing water area.