The Montrose sandy beach can be accessed by a set of steps or an alternative timber boardwalk. Adjacent to the beach is a modern, purpose built play area which incorporates a number of activity areas that provide a wide variety of opportunities for children of all ages and abilities and includes an attractive paddling pool in a secure environment. The area also has a family run cafe and burger restaurant. Next to the play area is the Traill Pavilion which is in private ownership. Public Toilets are available adjacent to the Play Area. Directly behind the play area is a pitch and putt course. All these facilities are provided with ample free car parking and picnic areas. The promenade offers extensive views across the bay.
From its early inception as a port Montrose had traded in skins, hides and cured salmon but in the 17th century began to export wheat and barley in regular trading transactions with the Hanseatic League. The town imported flax and timber from the Baltic; salt, fruit and wine from France and Portugal. The wealth this brought to the town is demonstrated in the surviving houses built by landowning and merchant families as well as local street names of "America Street", "California Street", "Baltic Street" and "India Street" evidencing its trading heritage. The wealth accrued by trade was substantial. Wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries dominated the town and built their houses gable to gable.
The beach sits in front of a tidal basin and nature reserve: Montrose House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve.
A magnificent beach of firm clean sands backed by a 9m high dune ridge. Access is from the southern end of the beach. At the entrance a stretch of seawall edges the beach, protecting the car park and facilities above.
Montrose Seafront and Splash Play Area is located at Traill Drive, East Links, Montrose and is well sign posted from the Montrose A92 Arbroath and Aberdeen approaches and approximately 2km from Montrose Town Centre.
The main access points to the beach are by step at the promenade or a wheelchair friendly ramp to the north of the awards area.
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.
Toilets are open from 10am – 5pm daily from April – mid October, and weekends only for the last two weeks of October.
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