St Andrews East Sands

Located on the south side of the old harbour, St. Andrews East Sands is a popular beach destination for both locals and visitors to Fife. The sandy beach has a path on the inland side, making it an ideal location for walkers. It is also within close proximity to the harbour and sailing club, so perfect for a wide variety of water sports.

East Sands is situated on the Fife Coastal Path and is well serviced by a variety of amenities. A nearby car park, toilet facilities and first aid facilities make it one of the most accessible beaches in the area, while the children’s play area, on duty lifeguards during peak season and cafe make it a great destination for families.

Fishing, surfing, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are some of the most popular activities at St. Andrews East Sands.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Beach users are encouraged to keep their dogs under control in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town

St Andrews


KY16 8LB

OS grid ref.

NO 5182 1628


There is car parking for 100 cars.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


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