Post-Lockdown Adventures – Angus Coast

If you are looking for some inspiration for longer post-lockdown adventures in the Scottish countryside, why not consider the Angus coast…

I am planning an expedition along the Angus coast next month and, while confined to home in Dundee, enjoyed some short shoreline walks, including hikes around Riverside Nature Park, a lovely area of open space founded atop the city’s old landfill site, wanders around the docks of Dundee, where new housing developments are flourishing east of Discovery and the V&A, and along the shared-use path bordering Forth Ports. For many years, due to port security, this route was accessible only to cyclists who signed up for a pass. Now, however, it is free for anyone to use and, while hemmed in between fences bordering the railway on one side and port warehouses on the other, it is a useful link between Dundee and Broughty Ferry.

Available in paperback and ebook format from Amazon, Angus Coastal Trail sets out from Broughty Ferry, describing a 68km route north along the coastline to the estuary of the River North Esk, near Montrose. There is information too for those who plump to start from Dundee where the Tay Road Bridge offers a link to the Fife Coastal Path.

Angus Coastal Trail

cover03 copyAfter devoting the summer of 2012 to the Angus Glens, I spent much of this year exploring the county’s shoreline, hiking the coastal path between Broughty Ferry and Montrose and discovering some real gems along the way. The fruits of these labours have now come to fruition in the publication of Angus Coastal Trail.

The linear route is 68km in length, although there are plenty of detours and distractions as the trail progresses north.

From the Firth of Tay, the mouth of Scotland’s longest river, sandy beaches, backed by a gently rolling grassy hinterland, give way to more rugged and dramatic scenery.

Beyond Arbroath, spectacular cliffs, interspersed with craggy coves, secret caves and unique geological features, rise from the insistent ebb and flow of the tide. Beyond the cliff top village of Auchmithie, the coastline reaches its highest point at Red Head, a towering sandstone promontory.

Carlingheugh Bay, near Arbroath

Carlingheugh Bay, near Arbroath

The terrain softens again, the forgotten hamlets of Ethie Haven and Corbie Knowe lying at the southern end of Lunan Bay, a sweep of golden sand. However, a more exposed and inhospitable stretch of shoreline leads round the coast to Scurdie Ness lighthouse, standing guard over the entrance to the county’s busiest port, Montrose.

The trail can either be walked in its entirety or the various sections can be undertaken as day walks.

Fully illustrated, Angus Coastal Trail includes clear mapping and a wealth of background history, geography and wildlife information, plus practical advice on accommodation, public transport and places to eat.

The book is currently available from Amazon for Kindle and Kindle apps. Click here. However a paperback is on its way soon…