Angus | Town | ★★

[Elephant Rock]

Around Montrose is some of the most quietly beautiful coastal scenery in Scotland. 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, with the magnificent House of Dun close to its inland edge. 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. And to the north of the town is St Cyrus: another wonderful beach equal to any other in the region. Montrose itself is a historic town with attractive High Street, busy harbour and some grand old buildings.

[Lunan Bay]

Location & info

📌 Montrose ★★
Angus, G.R.: NO 714579 ///dried.regal.shock

🚶 The town centre is worth a wander and you could head to the beach on the eastern outskirts, but not many other spots are reachable without dull road walking.
🚌 Montrose has a railway station on the line between Dundee and Aberdeen, with plenty of direct trains from cities further south. There are also many bus routes, including from Dundee, Aberdeen and Arbroath.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Montrose Beach (not yet featured)
>> Montrose Museum (not yet featured)

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

>> Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (not yet featured) (1 mi ↑)

📌 Montrose Basin ★★
💬 Huge tidal basin and mudflats on the inland side of Montrose: thousands of overwintering birds.
Visitor centre is by the A92 1 mi southwest of Montrose, G.R.: NO 701565 ///shelter.warthog.bump
Reserve always open. Visitor centre: open daily, mid February to October; Friday to Monday, November to mid February | £4.50 adult / £1 child

📌 Boddin Point ★★
💬 Coastal headland with remains of an 18th century limekiln and abandoned (?) harbour.
By minor road end 3 mi south of Montrose, G.R.: NO 714533 ///cautious.sailing.stun
Always open | Free

>> Brechin page: Caledonian Railway ★★★ (eastern terminus) (3 mi ←)

📌 Elephant Rock ★★
💬 Er, a rock shaped like an elephant, when seen from the coast path on the western side.
Off minor road 3 mi south of Montrose, G.R.: NO 715539 ///bedrock.cheetahs.carting
Always open | Free

💬 To reach Elephant Rock, there's just enough space for small cars (only) to park near (but not blocking) a gate off the minor road at G.R.: NO 713542. 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, park as for Boddin Point above, 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.

>> House of Dun ★★★ (3 mi ←)
>> Lunan Bay page: Lunan Bay ★★★★; Red Castle ★★ (4 mi ↓)
>> St Cyrus ★★★★ (4 mi ↑)

[House of Dun (7/7/13)]

[St Cyrus (7/9/13)]

[Red Castle, Lunan Bay]

[Boddin Point]

[Mud nests underneath Boddin Point's cliffs]


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