AYR is one of 11 coastlines that has been rated ‘poor’ by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

In a recent report revealed by SEPA, it details 86 beaches across Scotland that are either excellent, good, sufficient or poor and both Ayr and Heads of Ayr were among 11 others that were identified as poor.

However, Troon, Prestwick and Maidens beach waters were rated as ‘good’ and Culzean and Girvan were seen to be ‘sufficient’ showing 75 of the country’s 86 designated bathing waters meeting the strict environmental standards for water quality.

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said: “Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s stunning environment and we are committed to ensuring all of Scotland’s designated bathing waters meet water quality standards.

“Having achieved the highest rate of compliance since the new Bathing Water Directive began we are already seeing many of our priority projects having a positive impact.

“Working with partners, we’re continuing our focus on bathing waters rated as ‘poor’, with tailored improvement plans prepared by SEPA. These projects will result in major improvements to bathing water quality in the future and should see improvements over the coming season.”

A Scottish Water spokeswoman added: “We are pleased to see the continued improvement in bathing water performance. 

“Scottish Water has undertaken significant investment in partnership with SEPA in recent years to support bathing water quality.

“We are committed to delivering investment where our assets are found to be compromising quality. 

“We continue to work with SEPA and a range of agencies, local authorities, beach users and other relevant organisations to improve bathing water quality where required.”

Overall, 14 beaches were rated in the West of Scotland, with one excellent being identified at Millport Bay, six ‘good’, five ‘sufficient’ and two ‘poor’.