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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 July 11, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous walk from the car park near St Andrews golf course. Walk out along West Sands beach and when you get to the Eden estuary turn left and walk around the golf courses, completing a 4 mile circuit back to where you parked.

Thank Rodney D
Reviewed July 7, 2018

This is a very large and sandy beach which is well known due to the fact the a scene from Chariots of fire was filmed on it.

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

A super pristine place for a relaxing time. It's free and ideal for a spot of food in a wicker basket. The beach is great but more for wading only.

Thank BomiPardiwalla
Reviewed July 3, 2018

The history of that beach is just amazing. Its worth the walk as it is just beautiful. Feel free to play the theme song of Chariot of Fire as you walk or run down it.

Thank 206TravelJunkie
Reviewed June 22, 2018

Opening Scene for Chariots of Fire was filmed here - so it was good to see - and it's a stunning clean sandy beach with an azure sea - cold though so wouldn't swim there.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

We love the beach here as it is so clean and you can park up free all day. There are also clean free toilets across the road not far from the beach.

Thank maisymeg
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Massive beach and loads of parking. Enjoyed a long walk with our dog on a pleasant , breezy, sunny day.

Thank Doug T
Reviewed June 18, 2018

The beach is very pretty from a distance, a beautiful piece of the iconic scenery of the city of St. Andrews, and the most magnificent background for the Old Course. However, up close it's a bit dirty. The coast was littered with dead seagulls and...More

Thank worldhistorian
Reviewed June 16, 2018

This was a lovely walk on a lovely sunny day with great views not so nice on a wet and windy day i would guess.

Thank bc1945
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

We ran the Chariots of Fire Beach Race this weekend along the West Sands beach. It’s a vast expanse of beach, really clean, easy to access & plenty of parking. The town of St. Andrews is a 5 minute walk away, and the views from...More

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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.