Seaton Cliffs

Important notice

Please be aware that there are unstable cliff edges on this reserve and for your own safety, it is important to stay on the designated footpaths. The northern section of the footpath is closed. Please follow all diversions.

Seaton Cliffs has spectacular red sandstone cliffs with numerous sea caves, stacks, blowholes and arches. The cliffs support a mosaic of habitats.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • 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:

  • birdwatching
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

Plants, such as thrift, sea campion and six species of vetch, thrive in these conditions, and over 300 species of invertebrates are attracted to the wildflowers.

The Angus Coastal Route goes through the reserve.


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How to get there


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.

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Getting onto the reserve

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

Access restrictions

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.

Nearest town
Arbroath (2 mi / 3.2 km)
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About Seaton Cliffs

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Montrose Basin
Balgavies Loch

Local group
Angus and Dundee

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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