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Lunan Bay – Gorgeous Beach

30May

lunan bayBeach at Lunan Bay

Lunan Bay is a gorgeous secluded beach just north of Arbroath, about a 15 minute drive away. The beautiful sandy beach and high dunes make for a great day out from Arbroath. It really feels like you are in another world, with the wide curving beach, the Red Castle on the hill, and the windy wooden path leading you through the dunes from the car park!

One of my favourite things in Scotland is to walk along that wooden slatted pathway, un the slope, and the moment of anticipation as the view opens up and you see the white sandy beach, the North Sea open up all around you, and stand at the top, wind blowing in your face and just take the whole scene in!

In younger years I would then take a running jump down the dunes, enjoying that moment of flying before landing softly on the sand and sliding down!

Often you’ll get a treat and see some horses being ridden at the edge of the Sea, and seals and even dolphins are a possibility! Bring your binoculars!

Lunan Bay is a wonderful place for a picnic, or a beach BBQ. It can be a bit exposed, so expect a bit of wind – block the wind if you prefer a sand free sandwich. 🙂

Contact Harbour Nights Guest House to book your stay, and ask Bill and Sunita for directions to Lunan Bay. 

 

ANGUS GLENS WALKING FESTIVAL

05Feb

 

The Angus Glens Walking Festival is happening again June 2016! This popular walking event takes place in Angus, with 18 walks designed to appeal to walkers of all abilities.

The walks are led by local mountain leaders and countryside rangers. They are very experienced and knowledgeable about the scenery, wildlife and history.

June 2-5 are the dates for this event. To book your place call Webster’s Memorial Theatre 01241 435800. The full list of walks can be viewed on their website.

Visit-Scotland-Walkers-Welcome-webIf you need accommodation, give Bill and Sunita a call at Harbour Nights Guest House in Arbroath on 01241 434343.

Bell Rock Lighthouse

BELL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE – INCREDIBLE FEAT OF ENGINEERING

05Feb
Bell Rock Lighthouse

THE MAJESTIC BELL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE

The Bell Rock Lighthouse

Standing proud as one of the seven wonders of the industrial world, the Bell Rock Lighthouse is the world’s oldest surviving sea washed lighthouse and the most memorable and commendable achievement of Robert Stevenson. It stands on a treacherous reef in the North Sea, between the Firths of Forth and Tay, which is about 19km south of Arbroath and 23km south east of St Andrews. Taking about 4 years to get completely built, the lighthouse stands 35 m high with its light visible till 50 km inland. The Bell Rock Lighthouse lanterns were lit for the first time on 1st February 1811.

This conical shaped tower of Aberdeen granite walls have five compartments excluding the light room that stands upon its summit. Its glass panels and light reflectors increase the range of the light to warn ships. Even after 200 years since its construction, the Bell Rock Lighthouse is still operating with no alterations or repairs done to its structure.

Trips to the Lighthouse

Being on a dangerous reef, staying on the Lighthouse is not recommended :). However, regular large boat fishing trips from Arbroath take you closest to the Bell Rock Lighthouse to experience its utter glory. Harbour Nights Guest House is a fantastic place to stay for visiting the lighthouse, and we can arrange a boat trip to see the Bell Rock Lighthouse when you come to stay, weather permitting of course!

If you can, try and watch a Bell Rock Lighthouse documentary. I’ve seen a couple of documentaries about Stevenston lighthouses which are worth a watch. One is called the Lighthouse Stevenstons, by the BBC, and another is The Miracle Lighthouse, by National Geographic. If you search for them online you can see the incredible feat of engineering the Bell Rock Lighthouse is, and the skill and courage it took to build such a fine lighthouse. The men who built this lighthouse risked their lives, and some even lost their lives. Search for Bell Rock Lighthouse storm pictures to see the power and fury of the waves as they hit the lighthouse. Quite stunning.

If you are planning on visiting Arbroath area during the summer months, come and visit us at Harbour nights Guest House. We love the lighthouse, and would be happy to help arrange a trip to see the Bell Rock Lighthouse Scotland for yourself!

ARBROATH CLIFFS – SEATON CLIFFS – FANTASTIC CLIFF WALK

05Feb

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.

Arbroath cliffs

Yottanesia, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

KERR’S MINIATURE RAILWAY

05Feb
Kerr's Miniature Railway

Kerr’s Miniature Railway

Beside the east coast main line railway to Aberdeen is Kerr’s Miniature Railway, a 260 mm gauge railway, in West Links Park, Arbroath. It is actually the oldest miniature railway in Scotland, which first opened  in 1935. The Kerr family still  own the business, which has 6 engines, including two steam engines, and runs for half a  mile along Arbroath’s seafront starting in West Links park.

As Arbroath has had a long standing reputation as a holiday destination, this wonderful feature has not lost its appeal for children and adults alike.

Visit Kerr’s Miniature Railway website for more information, prices, and some cool photos!