Lunan Bay

Lunan Bay is a broad east-facing beach of beautiful sand backed by dunes that is framed by low cliffs to the north and south. From its northern end near Boddin Point, about three miles south of Montrose, it stretches for over two miles south to Ethie Haven.

Half way down its length, Lunan Bay is cut into the beach by the Lunan Water as it escapes into the North Sea. One of the biggest expanses of sand in Angus, this beautiful beach provides a wonderful place to walk, or take families for day trips.  Popular with surfers, there are strong currents to watch out for.  There is a gift shop open in the summer and a viewing platform at the top of the dunes.


Lunan Bay has attracted many visitors throughout the ages, from Viking armies in the 10th century to generations of holidaymakers. The crumbling ruin of Red Castle stands on elevated ground overlooking the Bay and dates from the 12th century. Originally built for King William ( the Lion) of Scotland to defend against Viking invaders, all that remains of this once formidable fortified house is part of the 15th century rectangular tower and the curtain wall. Traditional fishing is still practiced here with nets strung on poles dug into the sand to trap fish in the receding tide

Natural Space

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve is to the north which is rich in wild flowers, butterflies and moths. The beach has some interesting cave features. After a storm, the sands sometimes yield agates and gem stones which glimmer in the sunlight.


This stunning east-facing beach is backed by sand dunes and framed by low cliffs to the north and south. From its northern end at Boddin Point, Lunan bay extends two miles south to Ethie Haven.

Getting There

Lunan Bay can be found to the north of Inverkeilor on the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose.  Once in the village of Lunan turn left then right, following a sign for the beach down a private farm road.

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. Access to the beach by steps and ramps.

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.

Contact details

Angus Council

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