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St Andrews West Sands Beach

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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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Reviewed 4 days 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 5 days ago

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

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 Elaine B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must to visit and ideally with the tide someway out. They keep it beautifully clean and well maintained. It is quite level and safe for bathing when it is warm enough

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never been to St Andrews before but was pleasantly surprised to see how lovely the beach was. We spent two days in this lovely town and each day walked along the beach. It was actually sunny. I know!! Scotland October and sunny.

Thank Cabby_40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be fair it’s just a long beach of which there are hundreds around the UK coast. This one happens to be next to the home of the history of golf and the iconic running scene from the film ‘Chariots of Fire’

Thank Peter W
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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
Druch B
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.