Auchmithie shingle beach  Your very own shingle beach. You have spectacular views from your cottage terraces onto the beach below. What it lacks in golden sands it more than makes up for with its incredible rock formations, caves and low tide pools. Kids just love messing about on this beach. In the winter you can watch the fisherman standing at the edge of the waves hauling the odd huge cod. In summer, little boats come close in to haul their lobster pots aboard, there's always something to watch. You may even spot dolphins, the odd whale has even been sighted!

Lunan Bay – Head towards Montrose and Lunan Bay is signposted before you reach the town. One of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, This stunning, east-facing beach is backed by sand dunes and framed by low cliffs to the north and south. The crumbling ruin of Red Castle stands on elevated ground overlooking the Bay and dates from the 12th century.

The beach is a popular destination for surfers and horse riders, and traditional fishing is still practiced here with nets strung on poles dug into the sand to trap fish in the receding tide. The beach is also a fantastic place to go bird watching with great grey shrikes, red-backed shrikes, scooters, rough-legged buzzards and hoopoes just some of the species you can catch a glimpse of.

St Cyrus Nature Reserve.

This is a really stunning beach with miles of golden sand. St Cyrus is host to a range of specialist plants, birds and animals. The reserve has a fascinating human history too, from the ancient kirkyard to the recent salmon fishing industry. There is a small information centre at the car park. It’s off the A92. So go through Montrose following the A92, it’s before the village of St Cyrus and Steptoes yard is signposted, you turn off there and just follow the road past Steptoes as far as you can go. There is a wooden boardwalk to the beach which is a nice flat easy walk.

St Cyrus beach is one of the best beaches in Scotland. You can walk for miles along the sands. On a nice sunny day the wide shallow surf is actually quite warm, so you can pretend you are in the Carribean!

Great for beach combing !