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St Andrews-East Sands Beach

St Andrews, Fife

St Andrews is a popular visitor destination in Fife and its beaches are one of the main reasons for visiting. East Sands with its café, play park and easy access is an ideal venue for a fun filled family day out at the seaside.

Beach Type



First aid station
Disabled toilets
Slip way
Fife Coastal Path
Liesure Centre


Children's area
Wind surfing and canoeing
Summer Games and St Andrews week are held in St Andrews for more information consult the local tourist information centre

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is connected to the Fife Coastal Path which runs from the Forth Bridge to the Tay Bridge. Several birds species use the beach as a feeding ground. seals. whales and dolphins are also regularly sighted off the coast.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is mechanically cleaned twice weekly with daily hand picks by Fife Council. There are litter and dog bins on the beach.


Beach users are encouraged to keep their dogs under control in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which states d.

Awards and Recommendations

Green Coast Award

Tourist Information

St Andrews. 70 Market Street. St Andrews. Tel: +44 (0) 1334 472 021


Nearest town: St Andrews
County: Fife
Latitude/Longitude: 56.3367, -2.77647
Postcode: KY16 8LB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Take the A91 or the A915 to St Andrews. By public transport. it is 15 minutes walk from the bus station.

Public Transport

St Andrews is served by several bus services including the no.23. 35. 42. 56. 62. 64. 90. 91. 92. 94. 98. 99. X24. X26. X50. X59/60. X61 and 95. For more information on route and timetables go to or call 0871 608 2 608.

Nearest Railway Stations

Leuchars (for St. Andrews) (Approx. 5 miles away)
Cupar (Approx. 9 miles away)
Broughty Ferry (Approx. 10 miles away)
Monifieth (Approx. 10 miles away)
Balmossie (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is car parking for 100 cars.

Nearby Car Parks

Bay View, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Woodburn Place, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
St Mary's Place, St Andrews (Short stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Murray Place, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Argyle Street (South), St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Argyle Street (North), St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Doubledykes, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Bruce Embankment, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Petheram Bridge -South, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Petheram Bridge - North, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Andrews