West Sands, St Andrews

  • Beaches and Harbours

West Sands PC Block 1 West Sands Road St Andrews Fife

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  • Disabled Toilets
  • Parking Facilities - Free
  • Public Toilets
  • Aluminium and steel can recycling
  • Cafe
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Ramp
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Footpaths
  • Glass bottle and jar recycling
  • Paper and cardboard recycling
  • Parking Facilities - Free
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Plastic bottles and all plastic packaging
  • Playground
  • Public Toilets
  • Telephone


  • Disabled parking and facilities are available at the site

Should you wish to find out more about St Andrews West Sands Beach please contact Robbie Blyth, Coastal Team Leader 


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 received the 2014 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award. For further information on awards go to: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal


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