West Sands, St Andrews

Address: West Sands PC Block 1 , West Sands Road, St Andrews, KY16 9XL


Should you wish to find out more about St Andrews West Sands Beach please contact Robbie Blyth, Beach & Coastal Officer.



Famous for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire West Sands extends for almost two miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes and the world-renowned golf course. The beach is about 15 minutes walk from the town centre. There is plenty of car parking, lots of information available and zoning of the beach to keep sand yachts and families apart. It is very popular for walking and running on as well as for swimming. Shops and restaurants are close by and there are plenty of wet weather alternatives, including the Golf museum and nearby Castle and Cathedral.



To maintain the natural beauty of West Sands a dune stabilisation programme is in place and all visitors are asked to use the footpaths in place to access the beach. The Dunes found at West Sands are internationally important.  They are part of the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary Special Area for Conservation.  Sand dunes are special for many reasons. They provide a natural defence against the sea and they are home to many important plants and animals.



St Andrews West Sands has won a Resort Sea side Award in 2013.  For further information on awards go to: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal




Disabled Access:

Disabled parking and facilities are available at the site


For more information contact

Robbie Blyth, Beaches & Coast Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 49 81 Fax: 01592 745143 Contact Robbie Blyth online
By Post: Fife Council, Pitcairn Centre, Moidart Drive, Glenrothes, KY7 6ET
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