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St Andrews West Sands Beach

| Next to the Old Course, St Andrews KY16 9JD, Scotland
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St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
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USD 640.30*
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Day Trip to St Andrews Dunfermline and the Fife Coast in a Private Minibus from...
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great beach” (26 reviews)
“opening scene” (15 reviews)
“clean beach” (14 reviews)
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| Next to the Old Course, St Andrews KY16 9JD, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We were so lucky last week to visit St Andrews on a beautiful sunny day so of course one of the things we had to do was have a walk on the beach. It is a great beach, very clean and wide, a great place...More

Thank June079
Reviewed yesterday

Great place to visit. Lots of history here. The weather can vary greatly and change quickly. So come prepared for wind and rain. If you encounter sun, consider yourself fortunate.

Thank Seniordad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone who remembers the film Chariots of Fire will immediately recognize the West Sands. Stunning views towards the Old Course and the medieval cathedrals ruins. Achingly beautiful but be warned the wind can be stinging and cold !

Thank KellyNebraska
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is breath taking....beautiful but not busy, inspires a sense of awe , majestic ,at the same time calm and relaxing. The walk on the long pier is so romantic, sitting there with legs hanging down , may I say therapeutic Apart from the...More

1  Thank sami_jith
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

popped along for a wee walk, plenty of car parking, couple of cafes and toilets behind the beach. the beach was busy but in the expanse of sands at low tide you would never notice it was busy. an excellent place for a stroll or...More

1  Thank ch00chter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never knew until I took a tour of the town that the beach at St Andrews, West Sands, was the location for Chariots of Fire's most famous scene.... que music and lots of homemade videos on my iPhone trying to re-create the scene for...More

Thank Wargravian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once on the beach it was quite sheltered. The beach is flat and sandy - no pebbles or shingle where we were. Brought back flashes of the film 'Chariots of Fire' as the beach scene was filmed here. We couldn't resist humming the theme tune...More

1  Thank EMFORCORS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Weat Sands is a stunning long beach although the dunes system at the far end has been affected by restoration by the R&A, which is a bit of a shame for a biologist. Great for a walk, but can get a tad windy!

Thank Seatroutfisher-1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Famous for Chariots of Fire. Very good for dog walking. Children were swimming Quite windy. Lovely sea views

Thank 3FHJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really good beech, really clean and golden sands. Not too busy but also not too busy, just right! There are toilets which could be better, an ice cream kiosk and a play park so good for the whole family!

Thank Susan M
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Smithinscotland
21 October 2016|
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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.
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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
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