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.
Please note the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is currently on reduced opening hours. We are open Thursday-Monday. Please see our timeslots in the booking system below.
Click on a heading below to find out more about visiting Montrose Basin.
Our visitor centre currently has a timeslot booking system in place. (The walks around the reserve remain open and free of charge, and take place from other car parks around the Basin)
Information we collect from visitors to the Trust, via our booking systems, will also be used to support the NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and we will disclose relevant personal information to the service if requested up to 21 days following your visit. For more details, please click here.
Any questions? If you have a question about your ticket or would like information on moving timeslots/refunds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telescopes and binoculars set up and ready to use
- Interpretation about the wildlife, geology and history of the Basin
- Fairtrade tea and coffee available – relax with panoramic views across the Basin
Range of wildlife gifts available from our gift shop
The visitor centre, hides, and walks are all open. The visitor centre is the only place on the reserve that has a pre-booked timeslot system. It is open Thursday-Monday. The reserve walks and hides are always open, but please be aware that they take place from other car parks around the Basin.
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.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs, kept under control, are allowed on all the walks around Montrose Basin but not inside the visitor centre itself (unless they are assistance dogs).
In line with Scottish Government guidelines to keep you and our staff and volunteers safe, the visitor centre now has pre-booked timed entry, enhanced cleaning, screens, hand sanitising stations, and social distancing and face covering policies.
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.
To allow time for cleaning, the visitor centre now closes for an hour at lunch time, so please make note of the timeslots in our booking section.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit to our centre. Watch our virtual walk through here to see what to expect on your visit.
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.