Best beaches in Tayside

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Tayside as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Tayside is Lunan Bay. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Tayside just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Lunan Bay

    Lunan Bay © Ellen Munro | BY-SA

    Lunan Bay is a mile-long sandy beach, with a reputation as one of the best in Angus. It is set in a secluded, pretty, rural location, with a cave and arch at the northern end, and is divided in two by Lunan Water, backed by sand dunes. The beach is particularly popular for swimming as…

  • 2. Broughty Ferry Beach

    Broughty Ferry © Paul Mcilroy | BY-SA

    A large sandy beach, backed by dunes and overlooked by a historic castle, in Broughty Ferry, a former fishing village that's now a residential suburb of Dundee. Easy access from a promenade, a nature conservation site and great views across the Tay estuary to the North Fife coast.

  • 3. Carnoustie Beach

    Carnoustie © Mike Pennington | BY-SA

    This small sand and rock beach is found a short walk from Carnoustie Railway Station, about 10 miles north of Dundee. The beach slopes gently into the sea, and at high tide the water can come all the way up to the sea wall. At low tide the distance to the water's edge can be…

  • 4. Monifieth Beach

    Monifieth © Gordon.milligan | BY-SA

    Monifieth is a long, sandy beach looking out over the Firth of Tay, with views across towards the southern side. The beach has a number of sea defences, with wooden groynes becoming exposed at low tide. A number of rocks are also exposed, providing an opportunity to explore the pools around them them for signs…

  • 5. Easthaven Beach

    Easthaven © Miss Steel | BY-SA

    Easthaven is a mostly sandy beach next to the village bearing the same name. It has rocky sections, and a large number of rockpools which become exposed when the tide is out. The beach is popular for swimming, family days out, and sand-castle building. It is also popular with walkers, with a coastal footpath backing…

  • 6. Montrose Beach

    Montrose © James Allan | BY-SA

    Three miles of sand backed by a high dune ridge. There is a short promenade with plenty of parking and the Seafront Splash children's play area. Facilities include a family-run cafe, a shop and an amusement centre. Popular with surfers and golfers.

  • 7. Westhaven Beach

    Westhaven © Gwen And James Anderson | BY-SA

    Westhaven is a small, sandy beach on the western edge of the town of Carnoustie. The beach is surrounded by rocks, which protect it from the strongest currents, making it a good place for bathing in the relatively shallow water. Naturally, there are many rock pools in the area and exploring these for signs of…

  • 8. Victoria Park Beach (Arbroath)

    Victoria Park © Karen Vernon | BY-SA

    Victoria Park Beach is a mostly rocky beach with some sandy patches along the eastern shore of the town of Arbroath, backed by a small cliff, and by Victoria Park. At the end of the beach that is closest to the town, there is a stretch that is a mixture of sand and pebbles. When…