Montrose Basin

Montrose Basin is an enclosed estuary of the river South Esk covering 750 hectares, home to over 80,000 migratory birds – including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers. Our four-star visitor centre offers a great day out for all the family in Angus.

Address: Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Angus DD10 9TA

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Telescopes and binoculars set up and ready to use
  • Interactive toys and games – including microscopes and puzzles
  • Regular wildlife events – guided walks, children’s activities
  • Formal and informal education programmes for school groups run all year round
  • Fairtrade tea and coffee available – relax with panoramic views across the Basin
  • Range of wildlife gifts available from our gift shop

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:

  • birdwatching
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

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.

Events

Find out what events are taking place at Montrose Basin in the coming months by clicking the button below.

Upcoming events 

Facilities

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VISITING THE RESERVE

How to get there

Directions

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.

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Getting onto the reserve

There are several access points onto the reserve. These can be identified by visiting the visitor centre.

Access restrictions

The visitor centre is wheelchair accessible.

The visitor centre has restricted opening hours during the winter.

For a full access guide, click here.

Nearest town
Montrose (1 mi / 1.6 km)
OS grid ref
NO700564
Landranger map
54

VISITOR CENTRE

Montrose Basin visitor centre

Opening times

Mid-Feb to 31 Oct: open daily from 10.30am-5pm
1 Nov to Mid-Feb: open Fri to Mon from 10.30am-4pm
Closed on 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan

Admission

Adults: £4
Concession: £3
Members: FREE
Children (5-16 years): 50p
Children (under 5 years): FREE
Family: £7.50 (2 adults and 2 children), 50p for extra children
Groups: 10% discount for groups of 11 or more

Telephone
01674 676 336

MONTROSE BASIN BLOG

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Where Do Our Winter Waders Go? – Part 1

Where Do Our Winter Waders Go? – Part 1Montrose Basin is one of the most important sites for migratory waders on the Scottish east coast. Every autumn, thousands upon thousands of birds either pass through or stop to wait out the worst of the cold winter weather. Then, come spring, most disappear, returning to their breeding grounds. But where do they go? Mostly, they are returning to lands far to the north. But not all! Curlew © Scottish Wildlife Trust. These are our largest…

Our Sand Martin Wall at Montrose

Our Sand Martin Wall at MontroseIt’s a real treat to come into the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and see the Sand Martin Wall. Every visitor who comes in asks about it! Whether they want to know what the wall is for, why the holes are numbered or just what the birds are doing flying into the hole at full speed; the wall is always being pointed out and is a great topic of conversation at our windows. Our Sand Martin Wall was built in 2002…

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Montrose Basin webcam

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