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Stories of Stone

Stories of Stone - Walking Tours in Arbroath


Walk through 800 million years of Angus’ history guided by experienced geologists, and discover the stories of the stones.

Come and explore Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve that sit between Arbroath and Auchmithie with Stories of Stone. The cliffs are cared for by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and highlights include spectacular geology; dramatic rock formations such as the Deil’s Heid; hidden coves; smugglers caves; seabird colonies; dolphins; butterflies; and wildflowers.

Join experienced geologists on a cliff top walking tour and delve into the fascinating world of local geology, geomorphology, and history. Experience a breathtaking coastal walk infused with rich narratives and deep insights into the land beneath your feet. Knowledgeable guides will ensure you have a memorable and educational journey through the last 800 million years of time.

The journey will begin at Whiting Ness car park – walk up the ramp to the top of the cliffs (the only hill on the walk) and head along the path to Carlingheugh Bay. Along the way you will rediscover the same awe-inspiring discoveries that first inspired James Hutton (widely known as the grandfather of geology) over 300 years ago.

See evidence of Himalayan scale mountains, continent sized rivers, volcanoes, and ice ages, and discover the human story and how we have been changing the landscape for hundreds of years, using and shaping the land to meet our needs.

Any Outlander fans will be able to walk in the footsteps of Jamie Fraser as you spy smuggling caves along the coast. There are stories of shipwrecks, ghostly bagpipers, and a quarry that built Scotland’s largest and wealthiest Abbey that gave birth to the Scottish Declaration of Independence.

Stop for a quick cuppa at Carlingheugh Bay, discussing how the innocent pebble can tell the story of many millions of years, before an easy amble back to the car park where there is time for a more general chat and discussion which takes you from Deep Time back to the present.

Tour groups are small with a maximum of 10 people each walk. The whole journey takes 2.5 hours and only general fitness is required. There are no descents down cliff faces as groups stay on the cliff top path the entire time. The walk is suitable for all ages however content is most suited to the over 12s. Children and dogs are welcome on the walk and should be supervised at all times.

The guides at Stories of Stone are experienced geologists who are local to Arbroath and have deep links to the cultural heritage of the area. Stories of Stone are proud members of the Scottish Geology Trust and give regular presentations to the public each year. Guides have experience in STEM mentoring of young people globally and are keen to inspire the next generation to care for Scotland’s heritage.



Stories of Stone


Arbroath Cliffs
DD11 5ED


Dog Friendly

Dog Friendly

This is an outside activity walking along the cliffs. As long as dogs are on a lead and fully controlled by the owner, they are welcome on the walk.