Lunan Bay

[Lunan Bay]

Three miles of perfect sand and scenery makes Lunan Bay the most beautiful beach in Angus - perhaps even the best anywhere on Scotland's east coast. Its rural location saves it from crowds (although it's not as quiet as Sandwood Bay, for instance), and even in peak season there's more than enough sand to go round. The beach is mostly backed by low dunes but there's a surprise in the form of Red Castle, a lonely ruin well worth the wet feet you'll get in crossing the Lunan Water to reach it. The castle is also a great vantage point for the bay, although perhaps don't get too close: it's not exactly the most stable of buildings.

[Red Castle]

Name: Lunan Bay ★★☆
Location (car park): Just east of Lunan, G.R.: NO 691516 / blanket announced name

Name: Red Castle ☆☆☆
Description: Fragile 12th century ruin on a grassy headland backing Lunan Bay.
Location: Headland just to the south of the mouth of the Lunan Water above the beach, G.R.: NO 688511 / many diary flattered
Open: Always (exterior only)
Cost: Free
Anything else? Access by crossing the mouth of the Lunan Water (meaning wet feet, easiest at low tide) from the main part of the beach. Alternatively, there's a narrow path from a couple of small laybys on the minor road immediately north-west of the castle.

[Lunan Water and the beach from Red Castle]

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