Distance 17.9 miles (28.8km)
Classification Easy-moderate
Start Apex Hotel, Dundee, DD1
Finish Arbroath harbour, DD11
Duration  1:30 – 2 hours
Map Coast & Castles North, AA Cycling in Scotland, OS Explorer 380, 382, OS Landranger 54

Route notes

This popular Scottish route is a lovely, flat, mainly traffic-free ride along the Tay estuary. Start from under the Tay road bridge (you’ll need photo ID to get through the dock area, so if you don’t have it, start from the east of the port). The route heads to Broughty Ferry, before hugging the sea to Monifieth. The route continues on a traffic-free path over Barry Links, with its low sand dunes (great for wildlife) and on to Carnoustie with superb views of the bay. The route finishes by Arbroath’s historic harbour, famed for its Arbroath smokies (haddock smoked over burning woodchips).

Terrain and gradients

Flat, tarmac paths, some minor, traffic-calmed roads.

What to see

Dundee is home to RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, displayed in a purpose-built dock at Discovery Point. At Victoria Dock you will find North Carr, the last manned lightship in Scotland, and HM Frigate Unicorn, a wooden warship from 1824 and one of the oldest intact ships in the world. Broughty Ferry has a Blue Flag beach and 15th-century castle. Golf has been played in Carnoustie since the 16th century and there are good views of the famous championship course. Arbroath Signal Tower Museum has displays about the lighthouse as well as local history, heritage and wildlife.