The eastern edge of Angus is bordered by the North Sea, and the coastline offers spectacular scenery, cliffs, bays, bustling seaside towns, busy harbours and quiet villages.
Beautiful sandy beaches and rocky foreshores under occasional outcrops of spectacular cliffs, stretch from Monifieth to north of Montrose.
Monifieth is a friendly coastal town, with ancient roots. Evidence of Iron Age settlement can be found at Ardestie, and a strong Pictish presence is suggested by the number of carved stones found in the area. Visit St Rule's Church & Graveyard to find out more.
Today, the town has a bustling main street, an outdoor recreation centre, Blue Seaway for children, a superb golf course which is an Open qualifier, and has two Country Parks offering a variety of leisure activities at Monikie and Crombie nearby.
With three excellent golf courses, a fine beach, an East Coast line rail station, a sheltered camping and caravanning site, a lively High Street offering local services from veterinary surgeons to pizzas, Carnoustie is popular with touring families and golfing visitors.
A regular host of golf's Open Championship, Carnoustie is known the world over as part the historic heartland of golf, and for the challenging nature of the Championship course. For more information on the town and its history, visit Carnoustie.
Your next port of call is Arbroath, famous for being the location of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, and for its traditional fishing industry and "Arbroath Smokie". Don't miss the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre (Historic Scotland), for a glimpse of the essential ingredients in the story of Scotland.
Stop by any of the smokehouses near the harbour for the famous Smokie - a tasty east coast delicacy - haddock smoked slowly over burning woodchips.
Arbroath has had a bustling harbour for hundreds of years and a new marina has recently been completed. Arbroath is popular with sea anglers, and there are pleasure and angling trips available from the harbour.
All the Fun of the Seaside
Find traditional British seaside fun in the West Links Fun Park. Crazy golf, go-karts, trampolines, miniature railways and the Arbroath road train will delight young and not-so-young. A trip to the Signal Tower Museum provides a fascinating insight into Arbroath's history, people and culture.
Further up the coast is Inverkeilor, close by Lunan Bay. This is a long and truly breathtaking secluded bay, which is the perfect location for a range of watersports and a popular spot for surfers or picnickers. Don't miss the hidden gem of Ferryden, once a fishing village and the ferry point for Montrose, before a bridge was built across the South Esk river.
Montrose offers great golfing with its Open qualifier course, the fifth oldest golf course in the world. Children will enjoy Montrose Seafront Splash and Montrose Museum, while the William Lamb Memorial Studio is a must-see for visitors.
The 2000-acre Montrose Basin nature reserve is a regular stopping point for many migratory birds, and the visitor centre offers excellent observation facilities.
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve is situated on the A92, above the enclosed tidal estuary of the river South Esk, which attracts over 50,000 migratory birds each year. Using high-powered telescopes, the Centre provides magnificent opportunities to view wildlife, and television cameras take you close to the action.
See our Montrose Basin webcam, established in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust in 2007.
In season, see pink-footed geese from Iceland and Greenland, common eels, knots (wading birds) on their annual migration, salmon from Arctic Canada and Greenland, and sedge warblers returning to the Basin in late spring after wintering in West Africa.
There are interactive displays, bird-viewing areas and a gift shop offering light refreshments. Toilets and disabled access is also available. Free parking is available.