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Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust

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A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
+44 1674 676336
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For bird-watching: lots to see, and first-class scopes to see it with

This is a top-quality facility - a smart comfortable well-fitted out visitor centre, with good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
eucsgmrc
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A gem of a place to visit and I don't bird watch!

I took my bird watching wife to see the Geese . We phoned ahead and were told that if we had no car... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lee M
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Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides. Covering 750 hectares, Montrose Basin is home to thousands of migratory birds including pink-footed geese, common terns, knots and sedge warblers. Highlights include telescopes, binoculars and live footage of migratory birds. Children will love the interactive toys and games such as microscopes, wildlife portal and puzzles. Children's activities and themed events are held regularly, as well as formal and informal educational groups run throughout the year. Fairtrade tea and coffee can be enjoyed with panoramic views across the Basin, and a range of wildlife gifts are available from the gift shop.
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a top-quality facility - a smart comfortable well-fitted out visitor centre, with good facilities, plenty of information and ample spotting scopes for visitors to use. There's a great view over the extensive waters of Montrose Basin, the fenny land in front of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my bird watching wife to see the Geese . We phoned ahead and were told that if we had no car the bridge at the train station was just as good a view if we had our own binoculars. We took a £7...More

1  Thank Lee M
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lee, Thank you for posting this great review! It is great to hear you had such a fantastic experience and hope you will both be back again soon. Marie-Anne

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well situated ( for car drivers, not sure about buses), with great viewing windows and a generous supply of binoculars and monoculars. Good information boards, and short video showing tide coming in and out. If you go to see mainly the geese, check with the...More

Thank william b
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi William. Thank you very much for leaving this review! We are well situated for buses as well - depending on the bus you get, you can get dropped off right outside our visitor centre entrance, or about 10 minutes away. A car is needed...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Excellent facility. Well maintained and laid out, there is always someone on hand to provide further information. Good visitor shop with good range, and the second-hand book area is a very good idea and very reasonable.

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MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're glad our second-hand book area is a success! Hope to see you again in the future. Joanna

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Knowledgeable, friendly staff and some great twitcher facilities make for a great day out. Kids will love the various bits for them too. Mud monster?

Thank Nick S
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Nick, Congratulations for being the 100th reviewer! Thank you very much. We hope you enjoy another visit soon! Joanna

Reviewed 5 November 2017

Beautiful Sunday afternoon, spent a while in the hide before going to visitor centre. Excellent views of the basin with telescopes provided. Bird life very active! Hot and cold drinks available at modest price, staff very friendly.

Thank Jim M
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Hi Jim, Thank you so much for this review! That's good you saw plenty bird activity - hopefully with the kingfisher included! Joanna

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Wow! What can I say? This was an absolutely awesome evening. Thee aee simw 60,000 Pink Footed Geese roosting in the Montrose Basin and the SWT organised a special event to view them. It does require booking and theee is a charge but the sight...More

Thank alecdb2016
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Hi Alec, Thank you so much for leaving this review! We're so glad the Pink Sunset was such a great success this year - we couldn't have been luckier with the weather really. That's great you had an enjoyable time at the visitor centre beforehand...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

Stopped here for a short visit and suddenly found it was 3 hours later. Thousands of geese to marvel at. Kingfisher posing for the camera, Sparrow hawk hunting and Tree Sparrow ducking and diving. Walk well mark but today we spent our visit in the...More

Thank TartanPimpernel2014
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review! We always find that the time goes by so quickly when you're enjoying the view and all the wildlife sightings. Hope to see you again soon - maybe you'll have the time to enjoy some of our...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Recently moved to the area and dropped by to visit a friend here. Teenage brother was totally happy the whole time he was here with his eyes glued to the binoculars. Plenary of seals, saw a kingfisher and has a great little cafe.

Thank Xanderboy
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Friend of ours works here so we decided to take the dog out for a walk and to have a catch up. Well great visitor centre teenager was stuck to the binoculars constantly scanning the basin, so many geese it's unbelievable and seals. Nice little...More

Thank Gordon H
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