Nature and geography in Dundee & Angus

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Discover the lush countryside and dramatic coastline of Dundee & Angus. Explore its outstanding nature and geography and experience everything from the tranquil Angus Glens to sandy beaches and beautifully maintained parks and gardens. Take in the region's great outdoors while enjoying relaxing walks or trying an exhilarating range of outdoor activities.

Enjoy revitalising walks along its stunning coastline and experience an array of activities, including everything from golf to mountain biking, set against the beautiful backdrop of its tranquil forests and woodlands and magnificent mountains and hills. Uncover the unique history and charms of the region's attractive towns and villages, and get up close to local wildlife.

In Angus, you can breathe in the sea air on a revitalising coastal walk along the red sandstone Seaton Cliffs, north of Arbroath, and admire impressive rock formations such as the Devil's Head and the Needle's Eye. Or take a gentle stroll across Lunan Bay, just one of the area's stunning award-winning beaches.

The unspoilt Angus Glens consist of Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot, Glen Isla and Glen Esk and is a haven for walkers. Enjoy walks over heather-clad moorland and through lush forests teeming for wildlife.

Explore some of the area's country parks, such as Crombie, with its scenic loch and woodlands. There are over 7 km of woodland trails and an adventure playground hidden in the woods.

Look out for wildlife across the landscapes as well from nature reserves such as the Loch of Lintrathen to the Montrose Basin, a large tidal lagoon and nature reserve which plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders and 60,000 migrating geese every year.

In Dundee, you can climb to the top of the Dundee Law, a small hill with beautiful views out across the city and the River Tay. Visit gardens such as the University of Dundee's Botanic Garden which houses a wide array of native and exotic plants, trees and shrubs. The city is also home to around 60 parks so there are plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family.

  • University of Dundee Botanic Garden
    University of Dundee Botanic Garden
  • Glen Esk, Angus
    Glen Esk, Angus
  • A father and son walking by the white water in Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova, Angus
    Walking in Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova, Angus
  • Forfar Loch Country Park
    Forfar Loch Country Park
House of Dun and its gardens of a sunny day, near Montrose

Parks and gardens

Spending a day in one of Dundee & Angus’ parks and gardens is a great way to explore the outdoors.

A bridge crossing the South Esk, near Moulzie in Upper Glen Cova

The Angus Glens

Not far from the city of Dundee lies a beautiful area full of wildlife and spectacular scenery, known as the Angus Glens.

Arbroath harbour

Towns and villages

Learn all about the towns and villages in Dundee & Angus and discover the history and culture of these towns.

Glen Clova

Mountains and hills

Explore the beautiful mountains and hills of Dundee & Angus and discover the landscape, history, wildlife and more.

 A father and son walk through trees by a river

Forests and woodlands

Experience the beauty of forests and woodlands in Dundee & Angus. Enjoy superb walking and look out for local wildlife.

Reekie Linn waterfall, River Isla

Rivers and lochs

Discover the natural features of rivers and lochs in Dundee & Angus.

A Falconer has a harris hawk perched on his leather glove

Country parks

Discover country parks in Dundee & Angus, a region of dramatic contrasts combing city life with gorgeous rural landscapes. Get a breath of fresh air as you enjoy a range of activities, look out for wildlife and admire breathtaking natural beauty.

A group trek on horseback through the Alvie Estate within the Cairngorm National Park with views to the mountains beyond

Cairngorms National Park overview

Explore Scotland's largest National Park and discover a fascinating landscape and diverse range of wildlife.

The De'ils Head on the path between Arbroath and Auchmithie

Coast of Dundee & Angus

Explore the coast of Dundee & Angus from Montrose through to Dundee, and you’ll discover award-winning beaches, coastal paths, children’s parks and more.

A ranger-led walk in Glen Clova

Heritage and outdoor events

A great way to discover more of the local history is to take part in the outdoor and heritage events held in Dundee & Angus.