Beginning in the north of the region, Montrose has a beautiful big sandy beach in front of its two links golf courses. Catch sight of thousands of birds at the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, a true bird watchers’ haven. Within walking distance of the town, the centre is a temporary habitat for birds as they stop over on their migratory journeys to feed on the rich coastal wetlands.
Take a gentle stroll across Lunan Bay, a stunning stretch of beach once voted the best in Scotland, and look out for the ruins of Red Castle sitting above on the hills.
In Angus, you can breathe in the sea air on a revitalising coastal walk along the red sandstone Seaton Cliffs north of Arbroath, pausing to admire impressive rock formations such as the De’ils Head and the Needle’s Eye.
Enjoy around 20 miles (12.4 km) of beautiful coastal path on foot or bike on a section of National Route 1 which runs from Arbroath right along to Dundee, on coastal paths and minor roads. Follow the trail down to the shore and into Carnoustie, where you can see the outstanding golf course which has made the small Angus town famous.
From there the path reaches Monifieth, where you can stop for a picnic at the waterfront beside the children’s playpark and during the summer play tennis on the courts.
The path runs all the way along the side of the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river. Carrying more water than the Thames and Severn rivers combined, the Tay keeps the estuary well-stocked with food making it the perfect home for the healthy population of bottlenose dolphins. As well as watching for the dolphins leaping and diving quite close to the shore, look out for the seals and seabirds.
Continue along to take in the spectacular views across the water to Fife, with the sandy beach and flora and fauna providing plenty to see and enjoy. Stop off in Broughty Ferry at the Barnhill Rock Gardens, originally part of a 9-hole golf course, now a beautiful area with green grass, ponds, and colourful plants.
Head further in to the award-winning beach for a seat in the sun before wandering round the unique and independent shops in the town centre. Dundee is just another three miles along the trail where you will discover stunning views of the city and can look out for seals bathing in the water.