Swimmers warned to avoid popular Scots beach over ‘public health risk’ after high bacteria discovered in water

VISITORS have been warned to avoid a popular beach over “high” level of bacteria in the water.

Portobello Beach in Edinburgh is one of the country’s most attractive seaside destinations.

People have been warned not to enter the water at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh


People have been warned not to enter the water at Portobello Beach in EdinburghCredit: Alamy

But the coastal area has been deemed unsafe by experts after tests.

Following analysis of water samples it was discovered that there is a “high bacterial result”, according to the Scottish Environment and Protection Agency (SEPA).

The environmental regulator has taken urgent steps and advised visitors against bathing, paddling or swimming at Portobello Beach, between Pipe Lane and Joppa Rocks.

Experts fear the poor water quality could pose a risk to human health.

SEPA has also set up electronic signs in the area and the City of Edinburgh Council has arranged more signs to be issued.

Scottish Water is also involved in investigating the cause of the bacteria.

Council leader Cammy Day said: “We’re aware of SEPA’s current advice against bathing and paddling at Portobello beach and I’d request that people follow the advice.

“The matter is currently under investigation, and we’ll continue to liaise with SEPA and our partners to monitor the situation.”

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Last week, another beach was deemed unsafe for visitors to venture into the water.

SEPA warned people not to enter the sea at Heads of Ayr after potentially dangerous bacteria was found.

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The following day, the public body advised bathers and swimmers not to go into the water off Fisherrow Sands near Musselburgh, East Lothian, after concerning bacteria was detected.


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