Dundee to Arbroath

This family-friendly route takes you along coastal paths and minor roads, never straying from the waterside as it follows the River Tay from the industrial heritage of Dundee docks to the fishing town of Arbroath. You’ll pass castles, sandy beaches, rocky shorelines and a championship golf course.

From Dundee (where bike hire is available) the route starts at the north end of the Tay Road Bridge, but before you head off, you could pay a visit to the stunning new V&A Dundee or the step aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery, the ship that took Scott and Shackleton on their first expedition to Antarctica. The route then takes you along the north of the Dundee port area, where previous access limitations at the docks have now been removed. Victoria Dock is home to the historic frigate HMS Unicorn.

As you continue around the bay, past warehouses and industrial units, you’ll soon get fine views of Broughty Castle jutting into the estuary at the mouth of the River Tay. Built-in 1496 on a rocky promontory, it has faced many sieges and battles and today houses fascinating displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry and its people. Broughty has an award-winning sandy beach and several pubs and restaurants at Broughty Ferry Beach and Esplanade.

From here, it’s just a couple of miles to Monifieth, where there’s a great children’s play park before you join the path beside the railway line to Carnoustie, home of the world-famous championship golf links. You’ll get great views over the golf course as you enter Carnoustie, and the path runs close to the town’s sandy and the rocky beach here – a great place to stop for a paddle.

Leaving Carnoustie at West Haven you’ll soon reach the charming fishing village of East Haven. Make sure to stop by the impressive carved wooden bench commemorating the village’s status as one of the oldest known fishing settlements in Scotland. From here, pass another golf course at Elliot Links before entering Arbroath. The route ends at the striking white Arbroath Signal Tower Museum near the picturesque harbour. Don’t forget to sample the renowned local delicacy of Arbroath Smokies; wood-smoked haddock.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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