Find the nearest Seaside Award in Fife
Seaside Award beaches in Fife. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Fife beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- The West Sands at St Andrews is a long stretch of sand backed by the famous Royal & Ancient Golf Club. You may also recognise it as the beach was used for the famous opening sequence of Chariots of Fire. The beach is sandy, stretches for 3 km (2 miles), is backed by large grass areas and sand dunes. Multiple options to park along the full 3 km length. The more you head away from the town of St Andrews the less access to facilities. At points along the road you have walkways taking you across the dunes onto the beach itself.
- Roome Bay beach is a curving bay of sand, rocks and rockpools that extends from the small harbour fishing village of Crail. The beach has a small part to the west of the harbour and another stretch to the east of the village. The beach has car parking and a number of campsites with the village also having a few options around eating.
- St Andrews East Sands is the middle size of the three St Andrew beaches, a sand beach sitting within the town backed by grass area. At the top end you have a small sea wall and harbour where local fishing boats operate from. Facilities include parking, toilets, slipway, cafe, and children’s play area.
- Ruby Bay is a sandy beach in a sheltered bay to the east of the village of Elie that is backed by dunes and grass areas. The beach is also referred to as Wood Haven. The beach is known for “Elie rubies”, blood-red pyrope garnets embedded in the volcanic rock along the shoreline. On a sunny day, you can lie down along the high tide line and you should see the rubies glinting in the sunlight. Facilities include toilets with disabled access, picnic area, parking, although more is available in the town and cafes/restaurant nearby.
- Seafield beach is a sandy beach with rock pools and some grass areas in a quiet area to the south of Kirkcaldy. The beach looks out into the Firth of Forth and if you are lucky you will see some seals on the rocks. Facilities at the beach include car parking but you can also walk from Kirkcaldy.
- Burntisland beach is a sandy beach with rock pools. An excellent family beach and at low tide you get a massive area nearly one mile wide of sand and mud flats which go all the way out to the Black Rocks and all the way east to Pettycur beach. Take care of the mud flats when walking out at low tide. Facilities include parking, toilets, cafes, restaurants, picnic areas, leisure centre, seaside park, crazy golf course, bouncy castles and beach hut hire.