We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

St Andrews West Sands Beach

| Next to the Old Course, St Andrews KY16 9JD, Scotland
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
More Info
and up
St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
More Info
and up
Day Trip to St Andrews Dunfermline and the Fife Coast in a Private Minibus from...
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“great beach” (27 reviews)
“opening scene” (15 reviews)
“clean beach” (14 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 00:00 - 23:59
| Next to the Old Course, St Andrews KY16 9JD, Scotland
Write a Review
Reviews (522)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 471 reviews

Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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

Thank sami_jith
Reviewed 2 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 2 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 2 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

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 3 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

been many times before but never written a review. Walked the beach with my Labrador she loved the open space . Beach very clean and you can spend hours here. Beautiful golden sand it was a lovely sunny day and there was people swimming in...More

Thank 520albertf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a cracking afternoon on St Andrews beach. Dog loved going along and back. Good few hours chasing her ball into sea, quite shallow as far as i could throw, waves without dangerour currents. She was well tired....so were we.

Thank Gauldie2015
Nearby Restaurants
Playfair's Restaurant
813 reviews
.40 km away
The Seafood Ristorante
1,079 reviews
.23 km away
Restaurant at The Russell
231 reviews
.41 km away
The Jigger Inn
319 reviews
.50 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Swilcan Bridge
569 reviews
.34 km away
University of St Andrews
177 reviews
.65 km away
British Golf Museum
276 reviews
.17 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
21 October 2016|
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.
Joanne P
15 May 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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