Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast

Angus | Arbroath | Half day walk | ★★★

[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. 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]

📌 Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast ★★★
Park at the finish and take the bus to the start (several times daily, but check times in advance). Start / finish at junction of Springfield Terrace & Cliffburn Road or similar (street parking), 10-min walk east of Arbroath town centre, G.R.: NO 647413 ///luck.flips.served. Finish at bus stop on minor road in Auchmithie village centre, G.R.: NO 679442 ///tilts.relief.feeds

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Arbroath; Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve & coastline; Gaylet Pot; Auchmithie
Terrain: Clear paths, although suffering from coastal erosion in places.

Route & map

Start - Victoria Park - Whiting Ness - Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve - Seaton Den - Gaylet Pot - Auchmithie

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: A few seabirds, otherwise too windy!
Weather: Easterly gales, chilly and overcast; dry apart from the sea spray.

[Gaylet Pot]

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