|Location: 56° 42’ N 002° 28’ W|
|No. of Berths: 1|
|Berth details:||Berth 1, Max L.O.A. 164m. Depth: 8.5m|
|Width of Ship: 26m|
|Anchorage Position:||57° 42’ N 002° 25.5’ W|
|Distance to Landing Stage: 1.5NM|
|Tidal range/movement: Springs = 4.5m, Neaps = 2.0m|
|Town centre: 1.0km|
|Shuttle to town: Yes|
|Nearest airport: Aberdeen, 72km and Edinburgh, 142km|
Chief Executive, Montrose Port Authority, South Quay, Ferryden, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9SL
T: +44 (0)1674 672302 F: +44(0)1674 675530
Montrose Port has put Angus on the map as a must-see tourist destination for the North-East of Scotland, an area well-renowned for sweeping sandy beaches, stunning mountains and glens, ancient castles and some of the country’s finest golf courses.
As a region that really encapsulates the heart of Scotland, Angus includes a rich local history as the location for the Battle of Dunnichen between the Picts and Northumbrians in 645. This was the battle that effectively led to the subsequent creation of the Kingdom of Alba, which was later to become known as bonnie Scotland.
The surrounding areas boast fantastic attractions that capture the enthralling history, including Glamis Castle and Arbroath Abbey. Tour the coast and visit quaint fishing villages, seek out the Arbroath smokie – delicious smoked haddock prepared in time-honoured tradition, great for the foodies! If you are near the picturesque harbour, the Signal Tower museum will help to showcase the connection with the sea and its influence on the town’s history.
For those who enjoy a little more down-time, the Angus Glens will take the breath away as will the sandy beaches that are perfect for peace and solitude. The House of Turin and House of Dun offer a step back in history with some extravagant and masterful architecture, as well as offering scenic walks in the beautiful woodland grounds they stand on.
With Scotland being market leaders in innovative and premium spirits, the new Arbikie Visitor Centre offers the chance to see a complete field to bottle learning experience for those spirit aficionados, with an immersive guest experience of both gin and whisky on offer.
The region is also famous for its championship golf course at Carnoustie – but there are many other fantastic courses too. With all this and so much more, Montrose offers the ideal cruise destination.
The following is a list of popular excursions that are available.
It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Montrose as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries
Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.
Full Day Carnoustie Golf Links
22 miles south of Montrose is the world famous Carnoustie Golf Links, home to one of the most challenging championship courses around.
Golf at Carnoustie is open to the public and has three superb golf courses to cater for every golfer. Open daily, Carnoustie welcomes visiting golfers from all over the world.
The Open Championship will return to Carnoustie in 2018.
Half Day Arbroath
Arbroath, settled in the 12th century, lies 16 miles to the south of Montrose. The attractive historic harbour is still very busy today and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out from either side of the town.
Fascinating fact - the Declaration of Arbroath signed at Arbroath Abbey in 1320 influenced the US Declaration of Independence.
Arbroath is also famous for its world renowned smokie – hot smoked haddock that enjoys the same geographical name protected status as Champagne and Parma Ham.
Full Day The Angus Glens
The Angus Glens make up a truly breathtaking area with heather-clad hills, bubbling streams and forests filled with wildlife.
Comprising several long parallel glens, they stretch like the fingers of a hand as far as the outer reaches of the Cairngorms National Park.
A great starting point for accessing the Glens is the pretty town of Kirriemuir, known as “Gateway to the Glens”. Kirriemuir is where JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, was born and his former home is now a museum in the town.
Half Day Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle is a living, breathing monument and within 25 miles of Montrose. The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, and was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.
As soon as you enter the Queen Mother Gates at Glamis and see the Castle's turrets and towers nestled at the end of the mile-long drive, you can't fail to be impressed by its majesty.
Half Day Cortachy Castle
Cortachy Castle is a castellated mansion house some four miles north of Kirriemuir. The present building dates from the 15th century, preceded by an earlier structure that was owned by the Earls of Strathearn. It was acquired by the Ogilvies in 1473 and modified in the 17th and 19th centuries.
The castle is said to be haunted by the spirit of a drummer.
Half Day Montrose Basin
Just minutes from the centre of Montrose, this rich tidal basin plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders and up to 60,000 migrating geese each year. There are four hides on the reserve and a four-star Visitor Centre.
Best times to visit: Easter to October for outdoor activities. April to August for breeding birds. October to February for wintering geese. Any time for wildfowl and waders.