Broughty Ferry is a pleasant suburb four miles east of Dundee with a good selection of pubs and restaurants
Comprising an eclectic mix of big villas built by jute barons up the hillside and small fishermen's cottages along the shoreline, 'The Ferry', as its known, has experienced a recent resurgence and is now a popular and relaxing spot with some good restaurants and pubs that get particularly busy on summer evenings.
The striking Broughty Castle and Museum, right by the seashore is well worth a visit. Built in the 15th century to protect the estuary, its four floors now house local-history exhibits, covering the story of Broughty Ferry as a fishing village and the history of whaling, as well as details of local geology and wildlife.
Just north of Broughty Ferry, at the junction of the A92 and B978, the chunky bricks of Claypotts Castle constitute one of Scotland's most complete Z-shaped tower houses. Built between 1569 and 1588, its two round towers have stepped projections to support extra rooms, a 16th-century architectural practice that makes Claypotts look like its about to topple.
Close by Monikie Country Park's many attractions include guided walks, self-led trails, barbecue hire and an adventure play park.