In 2003, Edinburgh Air Centre Ltd was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to undertake a survey of beaches on parts of the east and west coasts of Scotland. This was undertaken between 19 July 2003 and 7 September 2003. The survey was undertaken to provide a qualitative view of bathing water usage. Images were taken at weekends and in good weather to coincide with periods of higher beach activity. The survey sought to identify numbers of users as well as locations not currently designated as bathing waters for the purposes of the EU Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC).