From Monday (9 May) the Links Trust will reintroduce parking restrictions at the Links Clubhouse (LCH) in order to assist golfers arriving for play.

The restrictions, which we would ask all colleagues, contractors, visitors to the West Sands and other regular non-golf or clubhouse visitors to comply with, will be in place until Monday 5 September. The restrictions are essential to assist with the increasing number of visiting golfers and the staging of The Open Clubhouse in the car park, which will significantly reduce the number of parking places at the LCH. Thank you St Andrews Links Trust

Block 2 toilets on the West Sand’s will be closed to the public from the Monday the 30th of May until at least Monday the 6th of June 2022 to allow for essential improvement work to the septic tank system. The work will be required to accommodate the predicted footfall from the Open and indeed the rest of the season.

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 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