Stonehaven and Montrose Coast Guide

Montrose and Stonehaven are two small seaside resort which lie on the east coast of Scotland between Dundee and Aberdeen. They can both be reached via the A92 which runs up the east coast. Both Montrose and Stonehaven provide marine services to the off shore oil and gas industry. 

                                                              Stonehaven harbour Scotland Stonehaven harbour


A major feature of Montrose is Montrose basin which lies to the west of the town of Montrose and is a tidal nature reserve that is the home of many species of bird including mute swans, greylag and pink-foot geese. The River South Esk runs into the basin from inland. There is a long sandy beach just in front of the town which is very popular in summer and has amusements, cafes and a playground. Lunan Bay, 3 miles to the south is also sandy and gently sloping there are sand dunes at the back of the beach. The ruins of Red Castle overlook the beach giving a rather dramatic look. 

Another notable feature of the town is the 67 metre steeple which was designed by James Graham and built in 1832-34. The town also has a museum of local life and a newish leisure centre.

        Montrose Scotland        Dunnottar Castle Scotland 

                                  Montrose                                                                        Dunnottar Castle


Stonehaven is best known for its picturesque harbour and small sandy beach. The town originally grew on the proceeds of herring fishing during the 19th century but stocks have since declined. The town has found a new role as a service centre for the North Sea oil industry and many people commute to Aberdeen for the same reason. Other than the town beach the nearest beach is at Montrose 15 miles to the south, however Stonehaven has an Olympic sized open air pool - hope its heated! 

Three miles to the south of Stonehaven lies Dunnottar Castle ancestral home of the Keith family. The castle was developed by successive generations during the 14th to 17th centuries. The castle was besieged and sacked by Oliver Cromwell's army in 1650 in an attempt to find the Scottish crown jewels which had been stored there. Today it is popular with visitors for its historic connections and dramatic location; it is a popular subject for photographers.

Places to visit around Montrose and Stonehaven 

House of Dun - Large Georgian house, overlooking Montrose Basin, was built in 1730 by William Adam. Gardens open daily and house in summer months. Montrose Phone: 0844 493 2144

Fowlsheugh - a coastal nature reserve 3 miles south of Stonehaven - principal species of bird being Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Guillemots.

Open air swimming pool - open daily, Stonehaven

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