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St Andrews - West Sands Beach

St Andrews, Fife

Sandy beach, 2 miles long and backed with dunes and the world-renowned golf course. About 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

Beach Type



Including facilities for disabled people
First aid post and shops and restaurants are close


Windsurfing and a children's area
The beach is zoned to keep sand yachts and families apart
It is very popular for walking and running

Nature and Wildlife

Coastal walks. and adjacent to West Sands there is a Local Nature Reserve. local attractions include the golf museum and nearby Castle and Cathedral.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned as required by the Council. There are litter and dog bins on the beach but dogs are not allowed from May to September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Green Coast Award

Tourist Information

St Andrews Tourist Information Centre. 70 Market Street. St Andrews. Tel: 01334 472021


Nearest town: St Andrews
County: Fife
Latitude/Longitude: 56.349, -2.80148
Postcode: KY16 9XL
(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

Stagecoach Express x59 and x60 go from Edinburgh to St Andrews. Stagecoach 23 goes from Stirling to St Andrews.

Nearest Railway Stations

Leuchars (for St. Andrews) (Approx. 4 miles away)
Cupar (Approx. 8 miles away)
Broughty Ferry (Approx. 9 miles away)
Monifieth (Approx. 9 miles away)
Balmossie (Approx. 9 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 5 000 cars including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Bruce Embankment, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Murray Place, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Petheram Bridge - North, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Petheram Bridge -South, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
St Mary's Place, St Andrews (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Doubledykes, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Argyle Street (North), St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Argyle Street (South), St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Woodburn Place, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Bay View, St Andrews (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away

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Hotels and Guest Houses in St Andrews