Broughty Ferry

Nestled beneath a historic castle in the former fishing village of Broughty Ferry, now a residential suburb of Dundee is an extensive sandy beach. A promenade gives direct pedestrian and disabled access at several locations. The beach is backed by dunes and provides views across the Tay estuary to the North Fife coast. There is a nature conservation site and a host of wildlife, including birds, seals and the occasional porpoise can be seen. There is a safe area marked out for swimming and close by are an extensive range of leisure facilities including the castle museum, an excellent play area, and a beautiful rock garden. There is also an ice-cream vendor located close to the play park and beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the peak summer season.


Evidence exists of a human settlement in pre-historic times, later developing into a prosperous fishing and whaling village, in the 19th century Broughty Ferry became a haven for wealthy jute barons, who built their luxury villas in the suburb. As a result, Broughty Ferry was referred to at the time as the "richest square mile in Europe". 

In 1495 Broughty Castle was built and remained in use as a major defensive structure until 1932, playing a role in the Anglo-Scottish Wars and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The castle stands on a shallow tip projecting into the Firth, alongside two beaches, one of sand, the other of pebbles.

Natural Space

A sandy beach flanked by dunes, the beach boasts lovely views across the Tay Estuary to the north coast of Fife. It is home to a nature conservation site where a remarkable array of wildlife can be found including birds, seals and even the occasional porpoise.


Situated four miles east of the city centre on the north bank of the Firth of Tay. The area was a separate burgh from 1864 until 1913, when it was incorporated into Dundee.

Getting There

From Dundee follow the A930 (Monifieth / Carnoustie road) to Broughty Ferry.  At the Queen Street / St Vincent Street junction turn right and follow the signs to Broughty Ferry beach.  Broughty Ferry has a frequent bus service from which it is just a short walk to the beach. The Sustrans National Route 1 also passes by Broughty Ferry beach.

Contact details

Dundee City Council
01382 434 793
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