Things to do in and around Montrose

The coastal town of Montrose and the surrounding area is like a hidden gem. Whether you are looking for beaches, golf courses, distilleries, munros, a spot of history, farm shops or local eateries there is something for everyone.

Take a look at our top picks of things to do while you're in the area...

Ma Yom Thai Restaurant in Montrose Scotland

Ma Yom Thai Restaurant

We may be a little biased, but our restaurant Ma Yom provides tasty and comforting Thai cuisine, prepared with care and love – the way it should be. Tucked away to the back of the hotel, finding Ma Yom feels every bit like entering an illicit speakeasy and the cocktails suit the environment – crafted by expert bartenders using the best ingredients.
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Montrose Playhouse Cinema & Arts Venue sign outside of building

Montrose Playhouse

The Playhouse is a community-owned, not for profit cinema and arts venue in the heart of Montrose which features 3 state of the art cinema screens, a café bar, activity rooms and a retail space which sells artworks and items skilfully crafted by local artists. From folk club concerts to cult classic screenings, the Playhouse offers a range of exciting events throughout the year.
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hand holding a ripe strawberry at Charleton Fruit Farm in Montrose Angus

Charleton Farm

Just a mile outside of Montrose, Charleton is a family-run farm where you can pick your own seasonal fruit and vegetables. The farm also has a café, a free adventure park for young families and a shop which sells local produce, gifts and homeware.

Keep an eye out for local events such as makers’ markets and other family activities.

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Children's wooden play park equipment at Montrose Seafront Splash Playpark

Montrose Seafront Splash Playpark

A perfect day out for the family, the Seafront Splash is a modern and safe play area for children situated adjacent to Montrose Beach and small promenade. It features a uniquely-shaped paddling pool, an interactive splash play space, a sandy adventure play zone as well as a wheelchair accessible play area.
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Red Lichtie full size spitfire replica in front of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Ideal for history buffs, the Air Station Heritage Centre is a museum located on Britain’s first operational military airfield which was established by the Royal Flying Corps in Montrose in 1913. Explore the museum’s distinctive exhibitions of artefacts and memorabilia including restored military aircrafts and a ‘1940’s room’ to immerse yourself in history.
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Montrose golf links next to Montrose beach - things to do in montrose angus

Montrose Golf Links

Enjoy a round of golf on the world’s 5th oldest golf course, located next to Montrose Beach and offering beautiful scenic views. Choose from two courses, the 1562 course which is a challenging traditional Scottish links course or the Broomfield course which is suitable for every level of golfer. There is also a pitch ’n’ putt for families wishing to enjoy a spot of golf.
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Silhouettes of four people on stand up paddle boards at sunset

SUP2Summit - Paddle Boarding

Book a paddle boarding session either at SUP2Summit’s purpose built pond on the outskirts of Montrose or at one of their SUP locations in and around Montrose such as the Basin, Montrose Beach and neighbouring coves. SUP2Summit also organises a range of other exciting adventure activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, bush craft and axe throwing, providing all the equipment needed.
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Bronze statue of Bamse the St Bernard dog at Montrose harbour in Scotland

Bamse Statue

A commemorative statue celebrating Bamse, a heroic St. Bernard that was stationed in Montrose as a Royal Norwegian Navy sea dog during the Second World War.

He became a local celebrity around town, known for getting on buses to round up his crewmates from their favourite watering holes for curfew. His gravesite can also be visited at Montrose estuary.

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Montrose Basin at sunset - visitor centre and wildlife reserve

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

Part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre offers panoramic views of the Basin, an enclosed estuary of the South Esk River that covers 750 hectares of tidal mudflats. Ideal for bird watching and wildlife spotting, the centre has a viewing platform with telescopes and binoculars as well as hides and walks around the reserve to be enjoyed by the whole family.
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Scurdie Ness Lighthouse in Montrose, Scotland

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Located on the south-side of Montrose estuary in Ferryden, Scurdie Ness is an automatic operated Lighthouse that was built in 1870 and sits on Montrose Point on the rock bound shore. A walking route along the shoreline, around the Lighthouse and through some fields connects to another popular site to visit, Elephant Rock.
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Elephant Rock - things to do in Montrose Angus

Elephant Rock

The aptly named Elephant Rock, is a naturally formed coastline arch that has been weathered into the shape of an elephant when viewed from certain angles.

The rock can be accessed through a variety of walking paths such as Boddin Point or along the Scurdie Ness coastal footpath.

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St Cyrus Beach on Angus and Aberdeenshire border in Scotland

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

St Cyrus beach and nature reserve lies just north of Montrose. With the steep cliffs to the west and the North Sea to the east, the reserve is the perfect spot for bird and marine wildlife watching. The reserve has a visitor centre and a variety of walking routes to be explored along the cliff edge and beach which even features Ecclesgreig Old Church and Burial Ground which dates back to the 9th century.
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Red Castle at Lunan Bay by air - things to do in montrose angus

Lunan Bay

A popular destination for wild swimmers, surfers and horse riders, Lunan Bay is a 2-mile stretch of beach on the southern outskirts of Montrose. The beach and its estuary offer stunning views of the East Scotland coastline and are a perfect spot for picnicking, bird watching and dolphin spotting. Look out for the ruin of Red Castle which dates back to the 12th century and overlooks the bay.
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Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

Around 20 miles north of Montrose lies the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle. The ruins sit on a rocky, coastal cliff top that is surrounded by the North Sea on three sides creating breathtaking views of the East Coast.

It is a fantastic destination for history enthusiasts and tourists.

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Edzell Castle and Garden in Scotland

Edzell Castle and Garden

Edzell Castle is a 16th-century castle ruin with a unique early 17th-century walled garden built by Sir David Lindsay and situated 14 miles north west of Montrose. Open all year round, explore the old red sandstone castle with its Renaissance garden that features heraldic sculptures, manicured planting and carved panels.
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Angus Glens Scottish Landscape walking routes

Angus Glens & Coastal walks around Montrose

The Angus Glens offer striking valleys mixed with moorlands, farmlands and woodlands. Each glen offers a variety of walks of different levels and distances to keep any type of explorer happy. The numerous walking paths of Montrose and its surrounding area are a great way to explore the varied coastline and landscape.

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whisky barrels lying in front of Fettercairn Distillery in Scotland

Fettercairn Distillery

On the outskirts of Montrose and founded in 1824, Fettercairn is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland.

Book a tour to discover how Fettercairn’s exceptional whiskies are made and enjoy a small tasting at the end of the tour (there’s even a takeaway dram for drivers to enjoy later).

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large grey Arbikie Distillery building - things to do in montrose angus

Arbikie Distillery

Arbikie Estate is a family-owned working farm outside Arbroath on the east coast of Angus.

The first single-estate distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits using traditional Scotch distilling methods and equipment, Arbikie grows, distil, matures and bottles their family of spirits at their Arbikie Farm Distillery.

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Customer Reviews

Definitely the lovely staff members. the food is just stunning. And just everything about My Yom, first class restaurant. if you haven't been it's a must go place to eat.

Bruce, Dundee

First time at the restaurant. Food is excellent! Service very professional and attentive. Would highly recommend others to try it. Thank you for a great time!

Stella, Brechin

Absolutely fantastic birthday meal. The food was stunningly delicious and the cocktails were amazing. The staff were fantastic and looks after us the whole evening. We had one person with special dietary needs and the staff couldn’t have done more to ensure that everyone had exactly what they wanted and enjoyed every mouthful. This was my first visit but definitely will not be my last 😍

Caroline, Montrose

Excellent food and cocktails service was superb. 5 stars!

Raymond, Inverbervie

This restaurant is fabulous, the staff are so friendly and attentive. great value for money. The food is absolutely delicious, just can't fault the place. We will most definitely be back

Lillian, Craigo

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