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East Sands St Andrews

Located on the South Side of St Andrews Old Harbour, the East Sands is a popular place for walkers, runners and swimmers. A nearby car park, toilet facilities and first aid facilities make it one of the most accessible beaches in the area, while the children’s play area, on duty lifeguards during peak season and cafe make it a great destination for families. With dogs allowed all year round, unlike West Sands, it may be a better option to consider for many dog owners. With some fascinating rock pools surrounding the East Sands, it’s a great place for children to learn about the aquatic life.

Kingsbarns Beach

Only an 8 mile drive down the coast from St Andrews, Kingsbarns is a great place for walkers and rock poolers as it offers a quieter environment where you can admire the wonderful views and landscape it has to offer. Kingsbarns was awarded the 2014 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award and is a great place to hunt for fossils as it contains years and years of history that can be found on the shore. Why don’t you come here at sunrise on a beautiful summer’s day and you’ll understand the magic of this mesmerizing spot.

Roome Bay (Crail)

Roome Bay, a short drive from St Andrews is divided into two sections: South facing which has the silky sand that likes to wriggle in between your toes and High-Water Mark where it seems to get a bit rocky. But here there is something for everyone, from walkers to rock poolers as it easily accommodates both. This beach is excellent if you are searching for a bit of peace and quite or just fancy to be at one with nature as it has a former paddling pool which has been reclaimed by nature and now provides a refuge for wildlife, particularly water birds. Having the beach cleaned weekly means it a beautiful place for anybody to enjoy.

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West Sands St Andrews

Only a 15-minute walk from the town center of St Andrews, West Sands extends for over two miles which means it is a popular place for walkers, runners and swimmers. Parking is available and there is lots of information available on the sections of the beach which are sometimes cornered off to keep sand yachts and families safe. Unfortunately, in peak season you are only able to walk your dogs on one part of the beach, but you will still be able to take in the stunning scenery on offer with your four-legged friends. With a lifeguard on duty in peak season it means everyone is kept safe and able to enjoy the Scottish sun.

Elie Earlsferry Beach

Elie Earlsferry Beach is a fabulous place to enjoy family filled fun as there are many watersports activities to take part in and much more. This beach connects both Elie Village and Earlsferry Village together and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach to get from one place to the other. At the west end of the beach you can admire classic beach huts and stunning sands dunes. Unfortunately, again some dog restrictions are in place during summer, but parking and toilets are available all around the beach and with restaurants/cafes not far from the beach, it’s the best place for a beach summer stroll.

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