Why St Cyrus Is My Top Local Beach

Going to the beach is one of our favourite family activities, and there are plenty to choose from in and around Angus, but St Cyrus has become my favourite.

Since meeting Allan 9 years ago – him being from Angus, and me from Aberdeenshire – we have had countless visits to the seaside. No matter what the weather we love to clear our heads to the sights and sounds of the North East coast. Allan always loved to tell me all about his adventures on the beach with his dad, and now he tells those stories and shares those adventures with our girls.

The beach itself is 3 miles long and sandwiched between rugged cliffs and the sea. It’s width means there plenty of room for everyone, from the wild swimmers to the dog walkers and families on a day out to couples on a romantic stroll.

The full length of the beach stretches from the North Esk Estuary at the top of Montrose beach up to and around the cliffs where you’ll find caves and a waterfall when the tide is out.

My favourite thing about it is that it is not just an amazing beach. It is also one of the UK’s most diverse and rich National Nature Reserves. You’ll find a wide range of plants, birds, butterflies, and insects here as well as lizards, and if you’re very lucky you can spot dolphins and seals in the water too.

Parallel to the beach runs a walk away from the windy shore, where you’ll find a couple of boarded up bothies and the historic Nether Kirkyard, which has been a site of worship since the 9th century.

If you’d like to stay over at St Cyrus there are plenty of places to stay in the local area with The Old Fishing Station being the closest.

The car park area is great with picnic tables and toilets (including changing facilities) next to the Visitor Centre.

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