Tayside

Tayside Coast

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Overview

From Dundee follow the Firth of Tay heading to Broughty Ferry. Enjoy Carnoustie and head on to Arbroath. From Montrose head to Brechin before arriving in Forfar. Enjoy Blairgowrie en route to Scone Palace before arriving in Perth.

Dundee

The coastal town of Dundee sits on the banks of the Firth of Tay estuary and has a wealth of visitor attractions. Take in the Verdant Works museum, The McManus – Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum and then head to the waterfront for the museums of the Frigate HMS Unicorn and Captain Scott’s Arctic expedition ship, RRS Discovery.

Broughty Ferry

Four miles from Dundee on the banks of the Firth of Tay, Broughty Ferry offers visitors a warm welcome – take in the pubs and restaurants and relax by the water where you can visit Broughton Castle and Museum. Close by is Claypotts Castle.

Carnoustie

At the mouth of Barry, Carnoustie is world famous for its stunning golf course. The bay also offers a chance to relax and enjoy a range of water sports.

Arbroath

Sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches and a picturesque harbour make Arbroath a picture postcard village – where you can sample the famous Arbroath Smokie. Pay a visit to Abroath Abbey and enjoy one of the great restaurants.

Montrose

Nestled between the mouths of the North and South Esk rivers Montrose has a wide sandy beach and welcoming town centre with a museum and art gallery. Take in the wildfowl at the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre or pop across the bridge to Ferryden.

Brechin

Brechin, on the banks of the River South Esk has a wealth of history – visit the Brechin Town House Museum and at the Caterthuns there are a range of iron age hill forts. Enjoy the Brechin Cathedral, though the town isn’t recognised as a city, or for shopping, head to the Brechin Castle Centre.

Forfar

Once at the centre of the Kingdom of the Picts, the market town of Forfar is steeped in history – be sure to take a look at nearby Glamis Castle or take in the story of witch hunts and other historic tales at the Meffan Gallery and Museum. A trip to Pitmuies Gardens should be on your list – enjoy the woodlands, herbaceous borders and colourful rose gardens.

Blairgowrie

On the banks of the River Ericht, the market town of Blairgowrie is the gateway to Glenshee. Historically a centre for growing and spinning flax, Blairgowrie is now the centre of Perthshire’s soft fruit trade. Close by you will find the world’s tallest hedge, planted in 1746 – the Meikleour Beech Hedge.

Scone

Scone was once the ancient crown placing of Scottish Kings – though the Stone of Scone also known as the Stone of Destiny is now located in Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy wandering the rooms of Scone Palace and soak up the history before heading outside and enjoying the grounds and many peacocks.

Perth

Located on the banks of the River Tay, Perth, once Scotland’s capital city, has a great shopping offering including independent boutiques and markets. Elsewhere you can take in the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture as you visit the museums, galleries, monuments and gardens.

Overview

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Dundee

2
4.8 miles

Broughty Ferry

3
9.7 miles

Carnoustie

4
7.3 miles

Arbroath

5
12.7 miles

Montrose

6
8.6 miles

Brechin

7
12.7 miles

Forfar

8
20.6 miles

Blairgowrie

9
14.6 miles

Scone

10
2.8 miles

Perth

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About the Tayside Coast Trail

Distance:94 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:0

Leave the attractions in the city of Dundee and travel westward along the banks of the Firth of Tay to arrive at Broughty Ferry and relax by the water’s edge. Take in the scenery of world famous Carnoustie and visit the golf course before heading on to Arbroath for a smokie and then arrive in Montrose. Head inland to Brechin and then on to historic market town of Forfar. From Blairgowrie head to Scone to explore Scone Palace before finishing your tour in the city of Perth on the banks of the River Tay.

Scottish Scenery

Sandstone cliffs, wide sandy beaches, seascapes and tumbling rivers make for some great Scottish scenery as you drive along the trail exploring the countryside and landscapes of Tayside.

Riverside Exploration

Many of the towns and villages are built on the banks of the rivers that flow through Tayside, creating extra interest and adding to the dramatic scenery of the trail. Below Perth the wide Tay meanders through the lowlands whilst its tributaries provide suitable habitat for the reintroduced beaver.

History Lessons

From iron age forts to the Stone of Destiny and to Captain Scott’s RRS Discovery there are a number of historic sites to be enjoyed. Many of the towns have their own museums which are well worth a visit to discover the local history.