Scurdie Ness is a headland located on the south side of the River South Esk, which leads from the North Sea into Montrose Harbour and then into Montrose Basin. The word Scurdie is a local word for the volcanic rock found there and Ness means headland.
Scurdie Ness lighthouse was built by David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson and was lit for the first time on Tuesday 1 March 1870. During World War II the lighthouse was temporarily painted black.
Originally the light was fixed white but was changed to isophase white 60 seconds (i.e. light 30 seconds, eclipse 30 seconds) in 1907. The lighthouse was converted to automatic operation in 1987 and now displays 3 white flashes separated by 2.5 seconds and repeated every 20 seconds.
The road to Scurdie Ness Lighthouse is a popular walk and sightings of seals and dolphins are not unusual. Whales are sometimes seen in the area including rare sightings of humpback whales.