Montrose Basin is an enclosed estuary of the river South Esk covering 750 hectares of tidal mudflats offering feeding and roosting ground to a plethora of bird species.
In autumn and winter, the Basin is home to over 100,000 migratory birds including pink-footed geese, wigeon and a variety of other waterfowl and waders, while during the spring and summer months the estuary supports various breeding colonies including sand martins, common terns and eider.
Our four-star visitor centre offers a great day out for all the family in Angus.
From November 1st, the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre will be on its winter hours: open Friday-Monday, 10:30am-4pm. Please note the visitor centre will close from 1pm to 1:30pm for lunch. All walks and hides around the Basin remain open at all times, but these start from different car parks. There are no walks that take place from the visitor centre car park.
The visitor centre no longer has a timeslot system. We will now be accepting on-the-door admissions as usual. We are working on a new and improved optional online booking system for the new year.
We’re Good to Go
“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Whether you live in Scotland or you’re just visiting, please download the ‘Check In Scotland’ app from Google Play or the Apple app store before you visit. This will speed up our Test and Protect procedure.
The Montrose Basin Visitor Centre offers panoramic views across the reserve. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for you to see the wildlife up close.
We serve hot drinks, and we have a small wildlife-themed gift shop with a variety of products for all ages.
A range of children’s activities are always available in the centre.
Best time to visit?
- May to Sept for fishing osprey
- Oct to Feb for wintering geese
- Sept to Feb for kingfisher
- Any time for seals
- Any time for wildfowl and waders
Join today and help support our conservation work, with free access to all our visitor centres and around 120 reserves. Your support will protect Scotland’s Wildlife for the Future. Join in the centre, and you’ll receive a free gift!
Discover the Basin with one of our self-guided audio tours
If you would like to learn more about the Basin, our audio tours are a great place to start. Choose from four tours available through izi.TRAVEL. These tours can be accessed online or through the izi.TRAVEL mobile app available for iPhone and Android.