Friday, 27 February 2015


Dundee → Carnoustie

carnoustie.jpg Distance: 12.10 miles
Ascent: 114 metres
Duration: 3 hours 40 minutes

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A final walk of the week. Another tarmac trudge

There's a cycle path running due east out of Dundee all the way to Carnoustie. With the exception of a couple of detours we followed it all the way.

The first diversion was around the modern developments at Dundee Harbour. We passed the Frigate Unicorn, said to be the oldest UK-built ship still afloat; the ship was built during a period of relative peace and never had masts installed - instead, it has a strange and slightly flattened roof. We then crossed the Victoria Docks into a curious small shopping centre and office complex on the north side before rejoining the cyclists.

The development here is similar to that which we've seen in abandoned wharves elsewhere in the country, but doesn't quite match the usual vigour and arrogance. I don't think that's a bad thing.

port-of-dundee.jpgSoon we were diverted off the cycle path and up to the main road as the Port of Dundee curiously considers pedestrians to be a security risk.

broughty-swan.jpgBroughty Ferry came next, where we were welcomed by a flock of swans sitting in the middle of the road. All my previous knowledge of Broughty came from watching the comedy series "Bob Servant Independent" a couple of years ago. At the castle we met up with Mum once again, and all pushed on together along the prom through Monifieth, past the firing range at Buddon to reach the golf courses at Carnoustie.

angus-path.jpgIt may have been possible to walk round the range via Buddon Ness but we'd seen a lone red warning flag flying when we passed through on the train in the morning and decided it was best to keep things simple rather than have to turn back after getting 90% of the way along the headland.

Notes for future walkers:

  • The cycle path that follows the railway east out of Dundee runs through Dundee Docks. Between NO 419 308 and NO 433 310 cyclists are required to present photo ID and pedestrians are barred. There's easy access across the railway to a pavement running alongside the A92/A930.

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