Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

  • Montrose
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • National Parks

Attraction Information

Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, just minutes from the centre of Montrose, on the North East coast of Scotland, is notable for its tidal basin that plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders, and up to 60,000 migrating geese every year!
There are a variety of different habitat zones on the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve, including mud, fresh water, sea water, brackish water, salt marsh, reed bed, unimproved grassland, and arable land. This enclosed estuary covering 750 hectares, is particularly noted for the birds that breed, feed and roost there, but it is also notable for its plant life (both in and out of the water). Being a Local Nature Reserve, it is also important for the leisure activities it supports to co exist with the wildlife and bird watching, sailing, fishing, and wildfowling.
The Visitor Centre offers high powered telescopes, binoculars, and even live video footage in order to allow you to view some of the 50,000 migratory birds, as well as potentially catching sight of seals, otters, eels and salmon. The centre also has interactive toys and games, such as microscopes, puzzles, and species peepholes!
Regular wildlife events are held at the Reserve, including children's activities, and guided walks.

Opening hours

November - February: Friday to Monday 10:30 - 16:00
February - October: Monday to Sunday  10:30 - 17:00

Closed on 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January


General Admission
Adults: £4.50
Kids (5-16): £1.00
Under 5s: Free
Concessions: £3.50
Family: £8.50

Travel & Contact Information


Angus, Montrose, Dundee and Angus, DD10 9TA, Scotland

Phone number

01674 676336



Click here to visit Montrose Basin Nature Reserve's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Toilets, including disabled toilets, can be found at the Visitor Centre.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Montrose Basin Nature Reserve has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Baby changing facilities can be found at the Visitor Centre.

Yes, snacks are available.

The Visitor Centre carries Fairtrade tea and coffee along with a variety of snacks, which range from crisps and chocolate, to biscuits and cereal bars.

Yes, Montrose Basin Nature Reserve is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Montrose Basin Nature Reserve have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Montrose Basin Nature Reserve has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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