Around Montrose is some of the most interesting coastal scenery in Scotland: what it lacks in sheer drama it makes up for in variety. Three sides of the town are actually bordered by water. To the west is the 1,000 acre Montrose Basin, particularly impressive at low tide and well seen from both the railway line and Esk Road. Further south are the rocky headland and natural arch of Boddin Point and Elephant Rock - a pair of beauty spots well linked by a good coastal path - with the magnificent expanse of Lunan Bay a little further on. Oh, and Montrose itself: a historic town with attractive High Street, busy harbour and some grand old buildings.
Name: Montrose ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NO 714579 / dried regal shock
Name: Boddin Point ★★☆☆☆
Description: Coastal headland with remains of an 18th century limekiln and abandoned (?) harbour.
Location: Minor road end a mile south-east of Dunninald Castle, G.R.: NO 714533 / cautious sailing stun
Name: Elephant Rock ★★☆☆☆
Description: Er, a rock shaped like an elephant, when seen from the coast path on the western side.
Location: Off minor road a mile east of Dunninald Castle, G.R.: NO 715539 / bedrock cheetahs carting
Anything else? Just enough space for small cars (only) to park near (but not blocking) a gate off the minor road at NO 713542, then walk through the gate, follow the grassy track for a few hundred metres to the coast, then follow the coast path briefly to the right to the view of the rock. Alternatively, a little more parking at Boddin Point, then follow the coast footpath east (under a mile return). The rock is best seen at low tide, when it's fully above the water line.
Name: Montrose Basin ★★☆☆☆
Description: Huge tidal basin and mudflats on the inland side of Montrose: thousands of overwintering birds.
Location (visitor centre): A92 just south of Montrose harbour, G.R.: NO 701565 / shelter warthog bump
>> see Lunan Bay post for Lunan Bay ★★★★☆; Red Castle ★★☆☆☆
|[Mud nests underneath Boddin Point's cliffs]|