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An Autumn Day Out in Montrose

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  • Heritage Attractions
  • Nature and Wildlife

Highlights and Delights

Experience an autumn day out in the coastal town of Montrose with wildlife watching at Montrose Basin, a visit to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and a stroll to Scurdie Ness Lighthouse.

  • An Autumn Day Out in Montrose

    • Montrose Basin
    • Time for Lunch
    • Air Station
    • Scurdie Ness

    Location 1: Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

    Montrose Basin is a designated nature reserve, home to thousands of resident and migrant birds and the visitor centre is not to be missed during a visit to Montrose.

    Enjoy stunning panoramic views across the reserve using the binoculars and telescopes provided and learn more about the range of wildlife which can be seen here.

    The visitor centre is open Thursday to Monday from 10.30am to 5pm. Please visit the website to book your tickets.

    Montrose Basin Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council.

    Lunch Stop

    Montrose has a great selection of places to eat, including cosy cafes serving homemade treats and restaurants serving delicious meals using locally sourced produce.

    Check the website to see what’s on offer.

    Pavilion Cafe, Montrose

    Location 3: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

    Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is on the site of Britain’s first operational military airfield which was established by the Royal Flying Corps in February 1913.

    Alongside a number of airplane exhibits, you can learn about the history of the site through a collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts and memorabilia telling the story of the men and women who served there and those who lived in the area.

    The centre is open Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm.

    Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

    Location 3: Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

    Take a walk along to Scurdie Ness Lighthouse, built by David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson and lit for the first time on Tuesday 1 March 1870.

    This is a wildlife hotspot, and sightings of seals and dolphins are not unusual. Whales are sometimes seen in the area including rare sightings of humpback whales.

    View more things to see and do in Montrose.

    Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Travel Information

Arbroath has excellent rail connections and is on the main Aberdeen to London line.

There is a regular bus service to Arbroath from around Angus and Dundee. Arbroath is also on the Stagecoach bus route from Aberdeen to London.

Situated on the A92, 17 miles north of Dundee, Arbroath is easy to drive to, with ample, signposted parking in the harbour area and at West Links Park.

There is a very popular cycle route between Arbroath and Dundee.