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Monifieth Beach is a broad sandy stretch of beach on the north shore of the Firth of Tay with extensive views over to the Fife coast and Tentsmuir forest. It stretches from the Buddon burn at Barry to the east and the Dighty water to the west at Barnhill. Monifieth Bay is designated as a SSSI and is of international importance for its Inter-tidal habitat, and as a feeding area for internationally important numbers of wintering duck and wading species. Behind the beach there is an excellent play area for children, a skate board park, sports pitches, caravan sites, café and just a short walk into the town.


Monifieth remained a small village, until the early 19th century. In the eighteenth century, the economy of the parish was mainly dependent on agriculture. Other industries included quarrying, weaving within the home and the start of manufacturing of linseed oil at a water-powered mill by the Dighty burn, Although Monifieth had no harbour, cargo was off-loaded from vessels on Monifieth Sands (in the relatively sheltered Firth of Tay) at low tide and horse-drawn vehicles would move the cargo to nearby destinations.

Natural Space

Monifieth Bay is a site of special scientific interest for wildfowl and wading birds the area behind the beach has a play area and consists mainly of managed open grassland.


The beach area is separated from the town by the railway, open views out to sea from the promenade and beach area.

Getting There

The A930 from Dundee passes through Monifieth and the beach car park is just to the south of this road.  A cycle and walking path connecting Dundee to Arbroath passes Monifieth Beach.  The route connects to train stations joining many of the beaches in Angus.

Water Quality Information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can also find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so. 


For more information on opening times please visit the Angus Council website here.

Contact Details

Angus Council


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