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St Andrews West Sands Beach

| Next to the Old Course, St Andrews KY16 9XL, Scotland
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  • Average3%
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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 3 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Sirenita123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach should be familiar as the one from the film Chariots of Fire. With the town's history in the schism of the church one can almost imagine the young men training for their foot race along the shore. Be aware of how fast the...More

Thank rsf4sail
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

May 21, 2017 - We took a day trip from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and it was a great day. West Sands Beach is right next to the famous golf course. We learned that parts of the the movie, "Chariots of Fire" was filmed at...More

Thank JerryH9905
Reviewed 5 October 2017

What a marvellous stroll along pristine sand with the wind bringing kite fliers out to take advantage ,over a mile of golden sand with a lot of walkers . Walking towards the town we come off at the car park and keeping to the left...More

Thank craigluscar
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Olayinka P
1 November 2017|
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Response from 520albertf | Reviewed this property |
there is no charge don't think there is a parking charge either
21 October 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
15 May 2016|
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Response from Ails B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joanne The beach is very dog friendly. Pleanty of Parking and its free. Hope this helps. Enjoy! Aileen