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St Andrews West Sands Beach

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“opening scene”(16 reviews)
“clean beach”(16 reviews)
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Unusual shells...usually a crab or two. Don't forget to visit the SeaShell cafe for a cafe latte..

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank Ruthyg
Reviewed April 3, 2012

we love this beach, even in the winter it can be amazing. Our kids age 6 love it, so does our dog and it is just amazing for a family day out - if you get the sun - wow - fantastic!

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

West Sands has its claim to fame as the location for the beginning of the film "Chariots of Fire". They are working hard to conserve the sand dunes there. Beyond that it is a very large beach and is used by people using "para buggies"...More

Thank Charlie H
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Go in winter when you can wander along the sand in solitude ....

Thank CamCam68
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Walk for as far as you like, Great for kids and dogs, .Summer time makes it one of the best beaches around.

Date of experience: February 2012
Thank Fairygodmum52
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Perfect for a Sunday morning walk to blow the cobwebs away, and we stopped at the little cafe for a coffee and breakfast roll.

Thank JockyB
Reviewed February 20, 2012

see above! great beach if you want huge space. boys loved playing football on the hard sand.

Date of experience: February 2012
Thank runawaymum
Reviewed February 5, 2012

We walked for miles - the further you walk, the quieter it gets... Great just to unwind and forget all your work hassles etc for a wee while at least... SetJetter footnote: this is where they filmed 'Chariots of Fire' apparently.

1  Thank Scotfree53
Reviewed January 8, 2012

You cannot visit St Andrews without visiting The West Sands, this has to be one of the top ten beaches in the world. Beautiful white sands, unspoiled, lovely to have a walk along never over busy as it so vast.

Date of experience: December 2011
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Fantastic clean beach for a lovely walk what ever the weather

Date of experience: December 2011
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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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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.