St Andrews West Sands

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?

Dogs are not allowed on the part of the beach nearest the town between the 1st of May and 30th September

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Activities

  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Shop

Nearest town

St Andrews

Postcode

KY16 9XL

OS grid ref.

NO 5031 1769

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Beach Awards

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