Try out the Angus Maritime Trail

A 1967 image of men from local boatbuilders Arbuthnott & Son at Montrose Harbour.
A 1967 image of men from local boatbuilders Arbuthnott & Son at Montrose Harbour.

The new Angus Maritime Trail booklet is packed full of fascinating information about the people and places of the county’s stunning coastline.

The Angus Maritime Trail hugs 35 miles of stunning shoreline, from the expanse of golden sand at Montrose right along to Monifieth beach, stopping off at the towns and villages in between, with a handy guide to the history and heritage of each area.

Colin Easton, author of The Angus Maritime Trail, told the Review: “Each settlement started out as a small fishing village but some developed into bustling ports, such as Montrose, others, including Carnoustie and Monifieth, enjoyed spells as top holiday resorts while East Haven has changed little over the last eight centuries.”

Colin also revealed: “Thanks to the research I carried out while working on this leaflet, whenever I see Montrose Basin, I’m reminded of the financial acumen of the fishermen from Ferryden and Usan.

“They refused to pay the amount charged to non-Montrose fisherman for collecting mussels from Montrose Basin to use as bait. Instead, they formed their own Mussel Society and rented a stretch of the mussel beds, which worked out much cheaper.”

The Angus Maritime Trail is illustrated with images from the Angus Archives, which perfectly capture the county’s coastal towns and villages in days gone by.

Colin said: “It’s good to be able to compare the places featured in the Angus Maritime Trail with how they look today and also to see how people lived and worked along the coast.

Some of the skills which appear in the booklet, such as baiting the lines at Auchmithie, are long gone, while others, such as making Arbroath Smokies, are still very much in evidence.”

Pick up a copy of the booklet at tourist attractions across Angus. The booklet is also available to download from www.angusheritage.com.