A Day Out Beside The Seaside!

Looking for a fun family day out by the sea? Arbroath’s the place to be!

  • 10am: Arbroath Harbour

    Begin your day with a stroll around Arbroath’s harbour area, where the quayside is decorated with collections of colourful nets, creels and lobster pots, and small fishing boats regularly head off in search of lobsters, prawns and crabs.

    The Marina at the inner harbour is packed full of boats and yachts. Excursions to the nearby cliffs and the Bell Rock Lighthouse, as well as sea angling trips sail from here.

    Wander along the outer harbour, where mighty sandstone walls keep the sea at bay. This is a popular fishing spot – take small fishing rods or a hook and line and see who catches the most.

    Returning to the Marina, the small beach alongside the Arbroath RNLI Lifeboat Shed can be accessed by steps and is ideal for building sandcastles and rock pooling.

  • 11.30am: Signal Tower Museum (free admission, open Tuesday – Saturday)

    Eleven miles offshore stands the Bell Rock Lighthouse, built in 1811 to warn shipping of the deadly reef hidden below the waves, and still in use. The lighthouse keepers lived in the Signal Tower with their families when ashore, until the 1950s.

    Today, the Signal Tower is a fascinating museum with lots of children’s activities. It focuses on Arbroath’s fishing and maritime trade, as well as telling the story of the 1811 construction of The Bell Rock Lighthouse and providing an insight into life as a Bell Rock Lightkeeper. You can also find out more about Ralph The Rover, the dastardly pirate who, rumour has it, once lured ships onto the Bell Rock so he could plunder their cargoes.

  • 1pm: Arbroath Smokie Trail

    When you leave the Signal Tower, take a deep breath of fresh sea air! Is there something mouth-wateringly smoky mixed in with the ozone and salt? Follow your nose and you’ll find one of Scotland’s most famous delicacies – Arbroath Smokies.

    Arbroath Smokies are pairs of haddocks cooked over blazing flames and if you time it right you’ll arrive just as they’re removed from the barrel, although they’re just as good when they’ve cooled down. Buy a couple and take your seat by the harbour so you can tuck into this local delicacy in the most fitting of settings.

    Alternatively, if you’d prefer to sit at a table, the Arbroath Smokie Trail lists nearby restaurants, which take great pride in serving dishes made with delicious Arbroath Smokies.

  • 2.30pm: West Links Fun Park & Beach

    The West Links Family Fun Park features a fantastic children’s play area and the nearby beach is great for playing on. For younger children, Jumping Joey’s is a popular indoor softplay centre.

    In the summer months, a selection of activities and attractions are available at the West Links, including crazy golf, mini go-karts, a paddling pool – and the famous Kerr’s Miniature Railway. And if the weather’s not as good as you hoped Chalmers Film House screens the latest films in comfortable, family-friendly surroundings.

  • 5pm: Fish & Chips Time!

    Head back to Arbroath Harbour, where there are several highly-recommended fish and chip shops. Eat straight from the paper, sitting at the harbour, watching the world go by. Perfect!

    Alternatively, there are a number of restaurants, pubs and bistros in the vicinity which serve excellent dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients from Angus.

    View places to eat and drink in Arbroath.