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St Andrews West Sands Beach

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  • Average3%
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“opening scene”(16 reviews)
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| Next to the Old Course, St. Andrews KY16 9XL, Scotland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Such a cool thing to do walk or sit along the sands the see is so cool Its was so quite too so peace full

5  Thank Dr Freddy S
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 17, 2015

A lovely area of sand as seen in the film Chariots of Fire. My grandchildren had two lovely days there and even ventured into the water! Over the years I have driven as far as the Eden Estuary and enjoyed the wildlife. I was disappointed...More

2  Thank John T
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went for a walk along this beach one morning--the beach is so wide when the tide is out. lots of people running their dogs (no dog poop to be found, smelled nor stepped it), joggers, elderly walkers, even horses galloping past us....lots of limpit...More

Thank 649lizt
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great sand beach, I can't say I'd ever go swimming in the North Sea, but the beach is a nice long pleasant stretch of sand from the aquarium down towards the end of the course. Just a great place for a stroll,...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A long, wide and sandy beach with terrific views of the Old Course, the town of St Andrews as well as over the water. Sea was warm enough to walk in while we were there in September and some unusual shells to be picked up...More

Thank mikeyt53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very busy beach even in October. However it is so big that there is plenty of space for everyone - dog walkers, children playing, even horse riders. We had a lovely walk along the beach and then just a short stroll into town. Need...More

Thank GillG767
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a long and sandy beach which is justifiably very popular with all ages, families and dog walkers.

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Take a walk along the beach when you have time between rounds. Very scenic and a quick walk from town and the Old Course first tee.

Thank TN-Squire-in-ATL
Reviewed October 12, 2018

It is some years since we had been to this beach and we were disapponted to see how much it has gone downhill. Fences have been put up along both edges of the dunes rresticting access to a few dwsignated paths and preventing access to...More

Thank 173porterc
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Brilliant beach, have visited many times with our old dog & now with our year old puppy. Both of them would have given it a thumbs up if they had thumbs.

Thank elainebV4534QZ
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We drove down West Sands Rd, along the Old Course. There are some terrific views of the golf course from here, as well as the beach. Great place for some unique photos of the course if you use your imagination. It gets windy in this...More

Thank garbagecollector
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We had to visit and walk this famous beach (being a Chariots of Fire fan)…. It was more amazing in person, as the wind swept over it. I was astounded at how long you can walk along the beach. Great place to people watch, see...More

Thank pasowine
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July 25, 2018|
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Response from Missuscoops | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are toilet blocks available close to beach front.
July 11, 2018|
Response from EcoBean | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a stretch of rock that is exposed during low tide quite close to the beach wall, which forms rock pools accessible for exploring. Obviously ensure you are aware of high and low tide times, and identify your... More
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June 2, 2018|
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Response from JEHSmith | Reviewed this property |
People do, but stay away from the dunes, because if they catch fire, the damage is long-lasting and very destructive.