St Andrews East Sands

Beach facilities

View map of beach Fife Coastal Path Dog friendly Lifeguard cover in the summer months Seaside award Seaside award

Season: winter

The ruins of the cathedral stand on the hill above East Sands at St Andrews and this is a town beach, yet the waters off the long, sandy beach attract gulls and gannets.  From here, you can even spot whales, dolphins and seals offshore.  The beach lies on the Fife Coastal Path.  Seasonal weather allows windsurfing, surfing, canoeing and fishing.  The long harbour wall creates an enclosed feel, distinct from the wide vista at West Sands.

Winter visit photo gallery


The restorative effect of the beach for Kieron.


A view from above East Sands.

Season: summer

A languid morning with a calm sea greeted me for this seasonal re-visit.  The sun reflected on the water, as interviewee Michael and others took their morning dip.  The beach sits below the cathedral, away from the golf links at West Sands.  As a result, it has a quiet, pensive ambience, frequented by locals and featuring in many people’s daily routine.

Summer season photo gallery


The beach as a frontier and as a link to another world for Michael.


A languid scene at East Sands in the summer.


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