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St Andrews West Sands

  • St Andrews
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Beaches

Attraction Information

St Andrews West Sands

Famous for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire West Sands extends for almost two miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes and the world renowned golf course. The beach is about 15 minutes' walk from the town centre. There is plenty of car parking, lots of information available and zoning of the beach to keep sand yachts and families apart. It is very popular for walking and running on as well as for swimming. Shops and restaurants are close by and there are plenty of wet weather alternatives, including the Golf museum and nearby Castle and Cathedral.

To maintain the natural beauty of West Sands a dune stabilisation programme is in place and all visitors are asked to use the footpaths in place to access the beach. The Dunes found at West Sands are internationally important and mustn't be interfered with. They are part of the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary Special Area for Conservation and they are home to many important plants and animals.

St Andrews West Sands has regularly won the much coveted Blue Flag Award and Fife's Seaside Award.

Opening hours

Lifeguard cover July to August. Dog restrictions from June to September.


Parking charges apply. Parking has disabled access.

Travel & Contact Information


PC Block 1, West Sands Road, St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife, KY16 9XL, Scotland

Phone number

01334 472021



Click here to visit St Andrews West Sands' website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

St Andrews West Sands has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

No, St Andrews West Sands is not wheelchair friendly.

No, St Andrews West Sands have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

St Andrews West Sands has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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