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


Lifeguard service


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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  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town

St Andrews


KY16 9XL

OS grid ref.

NO 5031 1769


There is car parking for 5 000 cars including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park.

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