The cottage at West Bay is an ideal base from which to visit the many places and sites that abound in this largely unspoilt area of the East Coast.
On the main bus route the village has regular transport links north to the granite city of Aberdeen, these days the oil capital of Europe, and south to the bustling city of Dundee at one time famous for jute and jam, now the home of the Captain Scott’s vessel The Discovery and birthplace of the Beano and Dandy comic books.
The Lewis Grassic Gibbon centre in Arbuthnot is a short jolly away and well worth a visit. The centre celebrates the life work and times of the novelist James Leslie Mitchell better known by his pen name of Lewis Grassic Gibbon. His best known novel Sunset Song has recently been made into a film.
Up the coast a few miles just before the lovely harbour town of Stonehaven, is the ruined fortress of Donnottar Castle. Steeped in history and a photographers dream, part of the 1990 film Hamlet starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close were shot there.
Montrose to the south, is notable for its Tidal Basin Nature Reserve and visitor centre, a magnet for nature lovers and bird watchers in particular. The reserve is notable for the variety of birds that breed, feed and roost there. The historic House of Dun is also closeby.
Further south to Arbroath lies the ruined Arbroath Abbey and visitor centre. The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1320 and it retains a special significance in the Scottish sense of independent nationhood. The harbour and marina are an added attraction here and the “Arbroath Smokie” is a speciality of the town and the “smokie” protected under EU legislation.
Walking and cycling routes are found all over Scotland and there are plenty nearby. There are walks and paths along the coast directly accessible from the cottage. Walk south to Johnshaven and on further to St.Cyrus with its gorgeous unspoilt beach or go north to Inverbervie a short coastal walk.
Golf Courses are particulally numerous in this part of the world and you are never far from a golf course around here. Some of the most well known Scottish courses are in this area. Carnoustie is a short drive (excuse the pun) away, St Andrews not much further and virtually every town and even some villages sport a golf course.
The cottage is located in the fishing village of Gourdon, 14 miles north of Montrose. With uninterrupted sea views over West Bay and on over to Gourdon harbour this traditional sandstone cottage built around 1890’s, has been sympathetically updated.
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