The Angus Coastal Route from Dundee to Aberdeen takes you along 58 miles of beautiful coastline, nature reserves and country parks.  The route begins in Dundee, with its fascinating industrial heritage and maritime traditions and takes you north to Aberdeen; a stunning city of glittering granite.

Along this route you will discover a spectacular coastline with picturesque seaside resorts - Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose, Inverbervie, and Stonehaven.

Leisurely Walk: walks for reasonably fit people with a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

Seaton Cliffs has spectacular red sandstone cliffs with numerous sea caves, stacks, blowholes, arches and rock formations. The cliffs support a mosaic of habitats, including coastal grassland, sand dunes and woodland.

It's a bracing coastal walk skirting the swirling sea that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

The rock garden is situated on part of a former nine-hole golf course, which was laid out after the Dundee to Aberdeen railway was built more than a century ago. When the Esplanade was constructed in 1895, the course was established, on advice from golfer Tom Morris, with four holes west of Bridge Street - now the Rock Garden - and five holes to the east.

The garden was started in 1955 by clearing an area of volcanic rock which had at one time been the old shore line. Over the years, it was extended eastwards over areas which had been sand dunes, and rock from Carmylie Quarry was used to form a large part of the garden. There were originally five natural springs and the lowest pond is the site of one of these, the others having dried up in 1976. The lower ponds were created in 1982 and the upper ponds in 1985. They have separate water circulating systems.

Scotland was pushed into the Earth under a mass of ice, in some places more than one mile thick.  Seas inundated previously dry land and formed new beaches as the ice melted, allowing the land to rise again and the River Tay and the North Sea to assume their current positions. This left the new sandy beaches high and dry.

Broughty Ferry Local Nature Reserve is a good example of a raised beach. Here the sand-dunes lie on top of bedrock composed of Andesitic Lava, which had been pushed up from underground. Look out for lumps of lava as you walk through the reserve.

Just to the east of the famous golf course are the broad sands of Carnoustie Beach. The shore here has been protected from erosion by a barrier of heavy rocks. Steps and a slipway for the local boat club give access to the beach. You can walk from here along the Barry Sands to the point of Buddon Ness some 2 miles to the south. Behind the beach at Carnoustie is the imaginative Sandy Sensation Adventure Play Area.

The Esplande runs along the top of the beach passed sand dunes and sand martin nests to Broughty Castle and Castle Green play park. The play park won a Nancy Ovens award in 2008, with its new equipment and water play features. Castle Green also features a crazy golf course, kiddicars and attractive flower beds, which also are a feature of the quieter Windmill Gardens across the road.

This little part of Angus has an amazing heritage and a stunning coast line but little information is available for visitors to the area. We have therefore written something ourselves about walking and cycling in East Haven and Panbride. This walk begins in East Haven and continues along the coastal path towards Carnoustie, up through Craigmill Den and onto historical Panbride.

There are three routes to choose from:  the Bronze Route is a short walk along the shore, the Silver Route is a longer walk along the shore to the harbour and the Gold Route is a walk along the coast and back through the town.

Grassy Beach is a pleasant 1.6 Km stretch of mixed use path along the estuarine river front, from the Stannergate at the Eastern end of the port area, to the edge of Broughty Ferry at Douglas Terrace. It forms part of the city's Greenways Network and is very popular with cyclists, bird watchers, and walkers.

Situated in the heart of Fife, Lochore Meadows is a great place to visit with a wide range of leisure and recreational activities that cater for all the family.  With the loch at its centre you can spend time walking, bird-watching, cycling, fishing, paddling, playing in the playpark or enjoying a picnic or barbecue with friends and family. We even have a beach!

This stunning east-facing beach is backed by sand dunes and framed by low cliffs to the north and south. From its northern end at Boddin Point, located about three miles south of Montrose, Lunan bay extends two miles south to Ethie Haven. The crumbling ruin of Red Castle stands on elevated ground overlookingthe Bay and dates from the 12th century.

A wide flat beach, with lots of cockle shells, its shoreline has been protected from further erosion by a barrier of heavy rocks. Behind this is the excellent Blue Seaway adventure play area. From the beach you can walk south and east along Barry Sands to the lighthouse a Buddon Ness.

Four routes to choose from:  Dighty, Farmland Walks, Coastal Path and A92 Cycle Route.

Montrose is blessed with a quite magnificent and vast sandy beach. This circular walk heads along the length of the beach before returning via an inland route, visiting the fine North Water viaduct - now part of a cycle path.

Explore the varied coastal scenery north of Arbroath on this excellent walk atop the sandstone cliffs. The walk could be shortened by taking a bus back to Arbroath from Auchmithie.  Good coastal path, mostly surfaced but with some steps. Some muddier farm tracks on return.



The Tay has a most attractive estuary, navigable with care all the way up to Perth. Dolphins, seals and many other forms of wildlife and birdlife abound in their respective seasons. Dundee has a thriving commercial port, with deep water berths up to 9.6 metres which are capable of accommodating a range of vessels from large crude carriers, through cruise ships and bulk carriers, to small coasters. For minor vessels the lock to Camperdown Dock can be opened on request from 2 hours before high water to high water. This is not recommended for visiting yachts, which should explore the facilities offered by Tayport on the south side of the Tay. There is a range of anchorages, including off the Royal Tay Yacht Club and at Woodhaven or West Newport (west of Anderson's boatyard). There are large vessel anchorages at the Lady Buoys and Balmerino (for Perth).

This superb beach stretches north for 5 miles from the mouth of the River Eden to the Tay estuary. Signposted off the A92, the beach is reached by a road through Tentsmuir Forest ending at a large informal car park with a good information centre, picnic area and a small play park. From here paths lead out across low dunes to the beach where you can find a surprising number of seashells. At the northern end you will have a good chance of spotting both grey and common seals hauled out on the sand banks.

You can find pine-scented forest, windswept sands and a wonderful range of wildlife at Tentsmuir. The trails are ideal for walking, family cycling or horse riding. If you're lucky you may see squirrels in the trees and seals basking on the sand.


A straight rocky beach backed by cliffs with a sandy area close to the town. There are rock pools at the beach and large areas of grass adjacent to the car park.