Montrose Basin covers 1,000 hectares and is located on an enclosed estuary of the River South Esk. The reserve has a rich mosaic of saltmarsh, reedbed, mixed agriculture, extensive mudflats and a mix of fresh, brackish and salt water.
This tidal basin is an important roosting and feeding area for a variety of passage migrants, and is internationally important for breeding eiders and wintering waders and wildfowl, attracting up to 80,000 pink-footed geese in winter.
The centre regularly runs events suitable for all the family.
By road, the reserve can be located on the A92 Montrose to Arbroath road, just 1 mile out of town. The visitor centre is well signposted and free parking is available. There are also frequent train services from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and all intermediate stations to Montrose. Alternatively, you can reach the visitor centre by taking a bus from Montrose town centre to Ferryden (then a short walk), or from Montrose town centre to Arbroath/Dundee with a request to stop at the top of the drive.
There are several access points onto the reserve. These can be identified by visiting the visitor centre.
The visitor centre is wheelchair accessible.
The visitor centre has restricted opening hours during the winter.
1 Mar to 31 Oct: open daily from 10.30am-5pm
1 Nov to 28 Feb: open Fri to Sun from 10.30am-4pm
Closed on 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan
T 01674 676 336
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at