St Andrews West Sands

Famous for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire, St Andrews West Sands extends for almost two miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes and the world-renowned golf course.

The beach is about 15 minutes walk from the town centre with plenty of car parking, lots of information available and zoning of the beach to keep sand yachts and families apart.

It is very popular for walking and running as well as for swimming.

A dune stabilisation programme is in place and we ask that all visitors use the footpaths in place to access the beach.

The dunes found at West Sands are internationally important. They are part of the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary Special Area for Conservation and they provide a natural defence against the sea and are home to many important plants and animals. Listen to Countryside Ranger Ranald Strachan explaining the work being done conserve the dune system at West Sands, St Andrews.

St Andrews West Sands are winners of a Keep Scotland Beautiful 2018 Beach Award and are celebrating 25 years of awards.

Please be aware that there is a West Sands Code of Conduct for all visitors and beach users, please take a moment or two to familiarise yourself prior to visiting West Sands.


The West Sands toilets (opening times) won Gold in the 2019 National Loo of the Year Awards. (Currently Closed)

Our ‘Fringe of Gold’ Beaches leaflet can be downloaded from the Resources section of our website.

Beach wheel chairs can be hire from the Hamish Foundation for further details visit their website.

Please be aware of the Drone Code, should you be considering flying a drone on any of our beaches.

Family walking through West St Andrews Sands

West St Andrews Sands