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Dundee to Arbroath

Route Details

  • Distance: 21 miles
  • Time needed: 1½ - 3 hours
  • Classification: Easy
  • Type: Traffic-free, tarmac surface
  • National Route: 1
  • Cycle hire: Spokes Cycles in Dundee, tel: 01382 666644
  • Access: Train Stations at Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Balmossie, Monifieth, Barry Links, Carnoustie and Arbroath

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Route Description

This route (on National Route 1 and also part of the North Sea Cycle Route) follows flat, coastal paths and minor roads, and takes you from city and town to beaches, castles and golf links. 

Starting in Dundee at the north end of the Tay Road Bridge, the route heads through the Dundee port area. You may be asked for photo ID to pass through as security staff will have to open the entry gate to let you through, however the staff will often open the gate on viewing someone approaching. As you continue around the bay, you’ll see Broughty Castle jutting into the estuary. There are several pubs and restaurants in Broughty Ferry and entry to the castle museum is free. 

The route then follows close to the sea to Monifieth, from where a fine, new route heads over Barry Links. Carnoustie offers opportunities for refreshments, a small but picturesque beach, and a view of the famous championship golf course. The route continues to East Haven, where it heads inland and on to Arbroath on cycleway alongside the A92. You can ride the route in either direction and make your return journey by bike or train. For a shorter ride you can cut the journey short using the railway stations along the route.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • Firth of Tay
  • Barry Links

Visitor attractions:

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This route takes you along coastal paths and minor roads. From Dundee the route heads through the Dundee port area. You’ll see Broughty Castle jutting into the estuary and overlooking Broughty’s Blue Flag beach to the east. The route then closely follows the sea to Monifieth and then to Carnoustie where you will find a Championship Golf Course. The route finishes in Arbroath - famous for its ‘Smokies’.

21 miles