Broughty Ferry has a fantastic sandy resort award winning beach. In the summer thousands of people come to build sand castles and paddle in the water. In the winter the beach becomes a haven for migrating waders. At any time of year it is great for a walk.

There are three routes to choose from: the Bronze Route is a short walk around the park, the Silver Route is a walk around the town and the Gold route is a walk along the esplanade and back.

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.

In late autumn, Buchanty Spout is filled with wild salmon as they fight there way up stream through the raging torrents. Please be advised that there is no formal path or viewing area, so please take care particularly when it is wet underfoot.

 

 

Donated by Sir James Caird, one of Dundee's local benefactors, the park includes Mains Castle and Den o' Mains. Mains Castle was renovated in the 1980's through a government scheme for the unemployed. The park is ideal for active recreation and walking with 18 and 9 hole golf courses, velodrome, athletic track and winter sports pitches. The Gelly Burn cuts through the park and feeds the ponds in Den o Mains. The wooded Den provides habitat for red squirrels, orchids and kingfishers. Other paths take visitors to see old oak avenues and grand old copper beaches.

Situated just 3 miles from Dundee city centre, off Kingsway West (A90), Camperdown Country Park is the largest public park in Dundee.  With the stunning neo-classical Camperdown House as its centre-piece, the park covers an area of over 400 acres, and is home to no fewer than 190 species of trees. One of the most popular parks in Dundee, among locals and visitors alike, Camperdown is open all year round and offers a fantastic range of activities and events.

A disabled access guide is available for this park which can be viewed on the AccessAble website.

From the car park, go down the South Drive from the entrance to the Wildlife Centre, and turn right at the bottom, following the blue waymarks.  This track follows the inside of the perimeter wall of Camperdown Park, climbing up to the derelict West Lodge. Cross the West Drive keeping to the left of the artificial turf of the golfers path.  The path joins the Green Circular for a while and climbs past the old Game Keepers cottage, and swings to the right for a long descent over the North Drive to the Main Drive.  Cross the Main Drive, keeping the wood to the left, for a quick descent around the edge of football pitches, to Laburnum Walk at the north of the play area. Keep the play area on your left to return to the car park.

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.

Clatto Park has a large reservoir, woodland, paths and a play area. Ancrum Outdoor Centre use the reservoir for water sports. The water is home to many ducks and diving birds, with many fish living in the very deep water.  A level path goes around the edge of the reservoir and smaller paths extend into Baldragon Woods and Clatto Moor (which has been recently planted with trees). Admiral Duncan wood was also been be planted to connect Clatto plantations to Templeton Woods to give wildlife such as Red Squirrels more habitat.

Loch of Clunie is one of five attractive freshwater lochs situated close to the main A923 between the towns of Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. The east side of the loch runs close to an unclassified road and there is a pleasant walk from Clunie Church round the loch side. Quiet country roads in this beautiful area lend themselves to cycling and the area is popular with birdwatchers too. The name `Clunie` derives from the Scots Gaelic word meaning `meadow`. Brown trout fishing is available on the loch.

The Clunie walk escapes from the centre of Pitlochry by climbing up into the forests above the opposite side of the River Tummell. There are good views across the town to the hills beyond.

Corrie Fee is truly dramatic, a massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it is a National Nature Reserve. A very good path climbs gently to a viewpoint, with the option of extending the route to climb up the back of the corrie to a waterfall.

Moderate Walk: walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Perched above Pitlochry, the summit of Craigower is perfectly placed to offer excellent views over some of the most spectacular countryside in Perthshire. The climb to the top through fertile upland fields and sheltered woodland - is strenuous in parts but once there you can savour vistas extending as far as Glencoe.

Craigvinean was one of the first of the 'Big Tree Country' forests, and one of several planted by the Dukes of Atholl. It became a popular place in Victorian times: early visitors delighted in the forest paths leading to follies and dramatic viewpoints. Now you can follow the trails to discover the same stunning views over Dunkeld and the mighty River Tay.

Moderate Walk: walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

The Kingdom of Fife has some of the most picturesque towns and villages to be found in Scotland and the East Neuk in particular is steeped in history. Very popular as a holiday resort, there is an abundance of quiet secluded spots for relaxation, spectacular sea views, family walks etc. The local people are very friendly and inviting and many of the events and galas held in the area throughout the summer are great tourist attractions.

Take a walking trail, enjoy scenic views, and look out for wildlife at Crombie Country Park, to the west of Arbroath in Angus.  Crombie Country Park consists of 200 acres of woodland around the striking Crombie Loch. Enjoy 7 km of woodland trails, including the Discovery Trail where you can find out about Crombie’s fascinating socialand natural history.

Dawson Park is the result of a bequest in 1940, by Mr William Dawson of Broughty Ferry "for the purpose of providing playing fields, sports grounds or other recreational facilities."  The park has feature plantings, a sunken garden, and a formal cherry avenue along the north axis, which is particularly stunning in spring.

A disabled access guide is available for this park which can be viewed on the AccessAble website.

The River Lednock cascades out from a rocky gorge in the atmospheric tree-clad amphitheatre known as the Deil's Cauldron. This excellent circular walk from the attractive village of Comrie visits the Cauldron as well as having an optional ascent to the Melville Monument, an obelisk on Dun More hill that is a fine viewpoint.

In the Scots dialect, ‘den’ means ‘wooded glen’, and this is a pleasant walk amongst mixed open woodland in the deep, shady glen of the Alyth Burn. This is a great place to rest and watch the varied wildlife. The oak, ash and birch trees are home to small birds such as treecreepers and great tits, whilst white dippers and grey wagtails live along the water.

Easy Walk: walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

Venture through the scenic countryside of Perthshire where views from the summit of Deuchary Hill are just one of the many high points.

In a landscape of little lochans, rolling moors and peaceful woodlands, Deuchary Hill rises undisturbed with a regal swoop, master of all it surveys. At just over 500 metres in height, it is by no means a tall peak compared to some of Scotland's more majestic mountains, but its hefty flanks are high enough to offer the walker an unbeatable viewpoint over the surrounding countryside.

Deuchny’s bike park has features that make it ideal for sessioning. The rest of the forest has some great tracks to explore for cross-country rides and links to the wider countryside. And of course, Deuchny Hill is a wonderful place to explore on foot too.

Strenuous Walk: walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Duchray Hill - or Mealna Letter - sits between Glen Isla and Glen Shee and straddles the border of Angus and Perth & Kinross. It is a little climbed peak but one well worth doing as the summit is a fine viewpoint with vistas stretching west as far as Ben More. This route takes you from the summit cairn down to remote Loch Beanie and returns via a section of the Cateran Trail.

The Castle is now used as office accommodation by Dundee City Council and is unfortunately not available for civil ceremonies. The gardens and surrounding parkland are all approved for civil weddings however and the castle provides a unique and historic backdrop for your photographs. The landscaping is largely limited to the steep slopes of the park, allowing the grass areas to be used for active and passive recreation.

A disabled access guide is available for this park which can be viewed on the AccessAble website.

There are three routes to choose from: the Bronze Route is a short walk along the drive, briefly through the woods and back to the hotel, the Silver Route is a walk through natural wood and the forest garden/wildlife area.

Easy Walk: walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

The design of Duntrune Community Garden is based around a domestic home situation, with the central pergola structure as the house. Areas such as the front, back & kitchen gardens are all represented, giving the visitor ideas for design, plant combination and content that can be used in their own gardens. Additional features of interest include the Therapeutic Garden, gravel bed with water feature, heather garden and herbaceous borders.