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.

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Picnic Area