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St Andrews West Sands Beach

| Next to the Old Course, St. Andrews KY16 9XL, Scotland
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“great beach” (29 reviews)
“opening scene” (15 reviews)
“clean beach” (15 reviews)
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| Next to the Old Course, St. Andrews KY16 9XL, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a long, wide, wind-swept beach that is easily accessed from anywhere in the town of St Andrews. It is great for walking, jogging, shelling, and taking pictures.

Thank v0yageur22
Reviewed 1 week ago

A long sandy beach with great views of St Andrews and the Fife Coast. However, take the children and collect shells - so many different types to find.

Thank davestripe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is in great shape. It stretches over a mile in length. There are multiple places to park and access the beach. At the north end there are trails that lead into the estuary.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Felt like running ala Chariots of Fire but at 3 degrees kept my hands in my pockets and strolled along this lovely stretch of sand beside the iconic St Andrews golf course - was cold in November I tell you.

Thank Steve-70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here many of times. Summer, spring, autumn and winter too. It is rather wild and windy but the views more than make up for it. Come back here every time visiting.

Thank Customer909
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Love west beach sands to experience a great beach and a lovely walk. Nowhere in the world can match it ! Blows the cobwebs away when windy, a sun trap when the sun shines. Go and enjoy it

Thank Karin B
Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

Famous for filming for chariots of fire & such a stunning location. Makes you want to run along to the music. Absolutely love visiting here especially on a blowy sunny day.

Thank McAnnie1
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Even on a brisk October Sunday afternoon, this beach was very busy with families runners, surf boarders and even a few hardy swimmers. There was a wonderful atmosphere which increased the feel good factor of this town.

Thank Jim D
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

This is a terrific place for a walk with the dogs. The beach seems never ending and is never too busy due to its size. Very clean beach too. Great views of St. Andrews and the old course just behind the dunes.

Thank Derek A
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

A beautiful day for a walk on West Sands Beach at St. Andrews. Ample parking and miles of sandy beaches - wasn’t expecting to find this at St. Andrews. Apparently famous for the opening scenes on “Chariots of Fire” which made it even more appealing....More

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Olayinka P
October 31, 2017|
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Response from sami_jith | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for delay in replying. There is no charge for the beach and car park is free..
October 21, 2016|
Response from HoneyBadger1972 | Reviewed this property |
My only guess would be that a lot of sea birds take advantage of bivalves dislodged/disturbed during storms. At least that's what I see here on our beach in Madison, CT.
Joanne P
May 15, 2016|
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Response from Aileen B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joanne The beach is very dog friendly. Pleanty of Parking and its free. Hope this helps. Enjoy! Aileen