Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast

[Wild seas on the Arbroath coastline]

Despite the name, the Arbroath Smokie (smoked haddock) probably actually originated in the small fishing village of Auchmithie, a few miles up the coast from Arbroath. The informal But 'n' Ben restaurant still serves the local delicacy along with other locally caught seafood: lunch here seems a fitting culmination to this one-way clifftop walk. The scenery is excellent throughout, with dramatic rock architecture including sea stacks, arches and Gaylet Pot: a massive blowhole in the middle of a field connected to the ocean by a subterranean passageway. The whole stretch is a wild place on a windy day, as we can testify. As for the Smokie - you'll either love it or hate it...

[Easterly gales blowing foam into the inlets]

Name: Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast ★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: Arbroath; Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve; Arbroath to Auchmithie coastline; Gaylet Pot; Auchmithie
Start: Street parking at junction of Springfield Terrace & Cliffburn Road (or similar), Arbroath, G.R.: NO 647413 / luck flips served. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Auchmithie, G.R.: NO 679442 / tilts relief feeds
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take the bus to the start (several times daily, but check times in advance).

Route: Start - Victoria Park - Whiting Ness - coast path to Auchmithie via Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve, Seaton Den & Gaylet Pot. Reports of some current diversions due to erosion.
Terrain: Clear paths, although suffering from coastal erosion in places.
Wildlife today: A few seabirds, otherwise too windy!
Weather today: Easterly gales, chilly and overcast; dry apart from the sea spray.

>> see separate post for Arbroath ★☆☆

[Gaylet Pot]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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