West Links Beach (Arbroath)
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West Links is the main beach by the town of Arbroath, and is also known as Elliot Beach. Adjacent to the town, it is a rocky beach, with a large number of rockpools exposed at low tide. Moving south-west along the shore, there is a long stretch of mixed sand and pebbles along towards Eliot Holiday Park and village.
The beach is popular for swimming, boating, and walking, with a coastal path backing the beach and continuing on to the village of East Haven to the south-west. The beach is backed by a large grassy plain that makes an excellent spot for a family picnic.
There is parking at the Arbroath end of the beach, including disabled spaces along Queen’s Drive. There are also toilets here and other facilities including a café and a miniature railway. Opposite the beach on Queen’s Drive, next to Arbroath Football Club there is an indoor pleasure land with various rides and amusements. The beach is accessed down a slipway. Dogs are allowed on the beach and litter bins are provided.
The town centre of Arbroath is only a few hundred meters from the beach and boasts many facilities such as restaurants, pubs and hotels. There is also a railway station, a museum about the history of the Bell Rock Signal Tower, and a ruined abbey.