St. Andrews (West Sands)


St. Andrews (West Sands)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy beach, just south of the River Eden Estuary - the beach is 2 miles long and is backed by dunes and the world-renowned golf course. The city centre is a fifteen minute walk away where there are more facilities.


The beach is used for swimming, water sports, walking and running and there is an area for children. The beach is zoned to keep sand yachts and families apart.

Wildlife and Walks

Enjoy stunning views on coastal walks, or visit the Local Nature Reserve adjacent to West Sands. Local attractions include the golf museum, and the nearby Castle and Cathedral.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

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Facilities at St. Andrews (West Sands)

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Free parking.

Dog restrictions


Dog restricted area.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned as required.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 24th June - 28th August 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.