Arbroath is situated right on the north-east coast of Scotland, right on the North Sea. When you come to visit, and fancy some fresh air and good walk then walk along the cliff trail from Arbroath. Arbroath cliffs are unusual rock formations made from red sandstone, and they are quite unique and special. It’s a great walk, with the breeze coming off the North Sea. Of course when I say “breeze” sometimes it is “bracing”!
The Arbroath Cliffs have some great rock formations, each with their own name such as Needle’s E’e, Seaman’s Grave, Mermaid’s Kirk and Deil’s Heid. The Arbroath Cliffs are known as the Seaton Cliffs, and as you walk along the cliff path you will go through the Seaton Wildlife Reserve.
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The Arbroath Cliff Walk starts at the east end of Victoria Park, where the path winds up above the Arbroath cliffs and levels out to provide a path along the coastline. On one side are open fields, and on the other the open sea! The path is quite close to the edge of the cliffs at times, so be careful.
As you walk along the cliffpath you might see some beautiful seabirds including herring gulls, fulmars, Arctic Tern and more. The Scottish Willdlife Trust says on their website that if you want to see Seabirds, Butterflies and wildflowers the best time is May to July. However, locals will tell you that there are always seabirds around! Watch out for seals bobbing their heads up and down, and Bottlenose Dolphins can be seen soaring out of the water if you are lucky! Dolphins can be seen any time of year so keep your eyes peeled! In 2013 a Killer Whale was spotted off the coast of Arbroath!
After about half a mile you’ll see the Needle E’e (Needle’s Eye), which is a rock with a hole cut through it. Not far from there is Dickmont’s Den, a deep, narrow inlet where the sea froths and bubbles. Keep on going and the path reunites with the clifftop.
Other landmarks to watch out for include the Deil’s Heid (Devil’s Head), which is an impressive sea stack. The path curves round the headland here and in half a mile it reaches The Flairs (Carlingheugh Bay). You can drop down to go throw some stones into the sea here from the pebble beach. Why not explore the sea arch at the south end and caves at the north end? Stop for a picnic, get your flask out and find a comfy rock to sit on!
The walk along the Arbroath Cliffs (Seaton Cliffs) is definitely a nature highlight if you come to Arbroath. If you stay at the Harbour Nights Guest House ask Bill for directions, and I’m sure he will fill your flask for you too!
Harbour Nights Guest House is located on the shore of the Arbroath Marina, and you can walk along the front to the Arbroath Cliffs (Seaton Cliffs), or take the short drive along to the car park through Victoria Park to the foot of the cliffs.
Contact Harbour Nights Guest House on 01241 434343 to stay at a wonderful local Arbroath Guest House.