Montrose Basin

Just minutes from the centre of Montrose, this tidal basin plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders and up to 60,000 migrating geese each year. There are four hides on the reserve and a four-star Visitor Centre for environmental activities on a variety of topics.


Common tern © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Wintering geese
  • Wildfowl and waders
  • Breeding tern colony
  • Sand martins

Best time to visit?

  • Easter to Oct for activities
  • Apr to Aug for sand martins
  • Oct to Feb for wintering geese
  • Anytime for wildfowl and waders

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Coasts
  • Birdwatching


By road, the reserve can be located on the A92 Montrose to Arbroath road, just one mile out of town. The 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 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.

Getting onto the reserve

There are several access points onto the reserve. These can be identified by visiting the Visitor Centre.

Getting round this reserve

The Visitor Centre has restricted opening hours during the winter.

Visitor Centre opening times

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

Contact details

T 01674 676 336


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