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 viewing our events leaflet.

You can book on to these events by clicking the button below.

Upcoming events 

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.

Take an audio tour

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: £4.50
Concession: £3.50
Members: FREE
Children (5-16 years): £1.00
Children (under 5 years): FREE
Family: £8.50 (2 adults and 2 children), £1.00 for extra children
Groups: 10% discount for groups of 11 or more

Telephone
01674 676 336

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