Walk: Tentsmuir - it grows on you...
Expanding at a rate of up to five metres each year, Tentsmuir Point is the fastest-growing point in Scotland. Longshore drift and sediment from the River Tay combine here to create miles of pristine sand, the outer reaches frequented by both common and grey seals. The vast golden swathes are subject to tides, so time your walk to reach the Point around low water. On the way there, you'll have every opportunity to spot red squirrels in the fifty square miles of forest, while hundreds of teal and other ducks gather at Morton Lochs each winter by the start. If you're not interested in birds, beaches or trees, stay clear - you'll see little else all day.
|[View from one of the hides at Morton Lochs]|
Name: Walk: Tentsmuir - it grows on you... ★★★☆☆
Length: 16 km / 10 miles
Ascent: 30 metres
Points of interest: Tentsmuir NNR (forest, sands, seals & Morton Lochs)
Start / finish: Car park at Morton Lochs, off the B945 2 miles south of Tayport, G.R.: NO 465264 / kindness mass munch
Route: Start - Fetterdale - Tentsmuir Forest - Tentsmuir main car park & Sands - Tentsmuir Point - Lundin Bridge - Scotscraig Golf Club - Morton Lochs - start
Terrain: Good forest tracks to the beach, although with short section of muddy path along north side of houses at Fetterdale. Sandy beach to Tentsmuir Point, then good path then track following shoreline to Lundin Bridge. Residential street and tarmac road through golf club, becoming a track for return to start.
Wildlife today: Mallards, pochard, little grebe, mute swans and other birds at Morton Lochs. Red squirrel in the forest. Curlews, oystercatchers and other birds on the sands; distant seals at Tentsmuir Point.
Weather today: Hazy sunshine here despite cloud and rain over most of Scotland. Fairly windy on the exposed beach but reaching 15C - t-shirt weather in late December!
Anything else? There's a toilet (and often refreshments) at the beach car park, and the route passes a small convenience store in Tayport. Pay attention to the state of the tide while on the sand - don't get cut off!
|[Forlorn tree near Tentsmuir Point]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track