Seaton Cliffs

Seaton Cliffs has spectacular red sandstone cliffs with many sea caves, stacks, blowholes and arches formed by sea erosion. The cliffs support species-rich maritime grassland vegetation and there are also areas of wooded gorge and saltmarsh.

Please note

Sections of footpath around this reserve are currently closed off due to rockfalls.

Curlew © Darin Smith

Why visit?

  • Seabird colonies
  • Dolphins often seen offshore
  • Butterflies
  • Wildflowers

Best time to visit?

  • May to Jul for seabirds
  • May to Jul for wildflowers
  • May to Jul for butterflies
  • Anytime for dolphins

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Coasts
  • Wildflowers
  • Birdwatching


Seaton Cliffs lie 1.25 miles from the centre of Arbroath at the end of the promenade. From Arbroath, drive out along the harbour road, through Victoria Park, to the far end of the promenade. Park here near the public toilets.

Getting onto the reserve

Follow the footpath from Victoria Park esplanade to access the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

Take care on the cliffs as they are dangerous, particularly when conditions are slippery. Please keep to the footpath both for safety reasons and to prevent erosion.


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