Arbroath is a very popular beach with many seaside leisure facilities near to Arbroath town centre and it’s picturesque harbour. The West Links Park offers play opportunities for all age groups and abilities, such as the adventure and toddler play areas, paddling pool, putting green, tennis, crazy golf, mini go-karts, trampolines, wheeled sports area, quad bikes, foot golf, outdoor gym together with a variety of seats and picnic tables and a snack bar. At the seafront you can also find the famous miniature railway, and the Arbroath road train connects West Links to other Arbroath attractions.
Arbroath is the largest town in Angus on the North Sea coast. Arbroath's history as a town begins in the High Middle Ages with the founding of Arbroath Abbey in 1178. Arbroath grew considerably during the Industrial Revolution owing to the expansion of firstly the flax and secondly the jute industries and the engineering sector. A new harbour was built in 1839 and by the 20th century, Arbroath had become one of the larger fishing ports in Scotland.
A straight rocky beach backed by cliffs with a sandy area close to the town. There are rock pools at the beach and large areas of grass adjacent to the car park. There is a cliff top walk above the beach. Seabirds and occasional seals may be seen. There are large areas of open grassland off the esplanade, with open views out to sea.
An esplanade and park lying a quarter-mile (0.4 km) to the west of Arbroath Harbour, the West Links lies along the North Sea coast leading to Arbroath's beaches. Access to the beach is by steps and ramps.
The beach is just off the main A92 Angus Coastal Tourist Route which runs through Arbroath. There is a train station in the town, and the road train runs from the High Street to the beach regularly.
Water quality information
This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.
Daily opening during spring and summer holidays and on weekends in early and late season up to late September.