A beloved Scottish beach has been named as one of the best in the world by travel experts.

Scotland is home to a seemingly endless list of stunning beaches that delight countless locals and tourists alike each and every year. From popular spots like Portobello Beach in Edinburgh to more secluded destinations such as Claigan Coral Beach, the country is renowned for its sandy beauty spots.

As reported by the Scottish Daily Express, a new study by travel experts at BeachAtlas has revealed the top 100 beaches across the globe. Coming in at number 47 on the prestigious list is West Sands Beach in St Andrews.

The beach, known for its golden sands and clear blue waters places behind Starfish Beach in Panama at number 46 and ahead of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro at number 48. The scenic Scottish spot, which is around 15 minutes on foot from the centre of St Andrews, extends for around two miles and is a popular jogging spot.

West Sands Beach is also famous amongst movie buffs for its prominent role in the classic film . The beach features as the backdrop in the movie’s most iconic scene, in which a group of runners race as the film’s legendary score plays.

The experts at BeachAtlas commented: “West Sands beach in St Andrews gained fame from Chariots of Fire, where athletes race barefoot to Vangelis’ captivating soundtrack, echoing the spirit of competition and triumph.

With one of the most iconic film scenes of all time being filmed there, it is no surprise to see West Sands Beach place on the list(Image: Moviestore Collection / Rex Features)

“This iconic scene captures the journey of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell to the 1924 Paris Olympics, a story of perseverance and victory. The beach still attracts fans, all coming to experience the spot where this film moment with Vangelis’ unforgettable tune was captured.”

Meanwhile, the number spot on the list was awarded to Bora Bora. Elsewhere, Boulders Beach in South Africa and Waikiki Beach in Hawaii round out the top three.

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