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St Andrews West Sands Beach

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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

  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Shop

Nearest town

St Andrews

Postcode

KY16 9XL

OS grid ref.

NO 5031 1769

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Green Coast Award