The Beach Guide

St Andrews West Sands Beach

St Andrews West Sands Beach - Fife

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West Sands is the largest and best-known beach in St Andrew's, surprisingly one of the sunniest and driest places in Britain. The south end of the two-mile-long sandy beach featured in the opening sequence of Oscar-winning film, Chariots of Fire, while the north end is popular with kite surfers and overlooks the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve, home to birds and seals.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Activities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Shop

    Nearest town

    St Andrews

    Postcode

    KY16 9XL

    OS grid ref.

    NO 5031 1769

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating

    Awards

    Green Coast Award