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Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

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Address: A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
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+44 1674 676336
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10:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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CLOSED FOR A SMALL REFURBISHMENT JANUARY 2017. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT...

CLOSED FOR A SMALL REFURBISHMENT JANUARY 2017. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT MONTROSEBASIN OR ON FACEBOOK: MONTROSE BASIN WILDLIFE RESERVE AND VISITOR CENTRE FOR UPDATES ABOUT REOPENING IN FEBRUARY. RESERVE WALKS AND HIDES ARE STILL OPEN.

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 over 80,000 migratory birds including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers. The four- star visitor centre offers a great day out for all the family in Angus. Highlights include telescopes, binoculars and live footage of migratory birds. Children will love the interactive toys and games such as microscopes, species peepholes and puzzles. Children's activities and themed events are held regularly, and 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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great wildlife viewing all year round

the newly revamped visitor centre is a great place to watch wildlife, there are telescopes set up for you, and staff and volunteers ready to help you identify what you can see and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fiona H
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the newly revamped visitor centre is a great place to watch wildlife, there are telescopes set up for you, and staff and volunteers ready to help you identify what you can see and point out the birds so you dont miss anything. great interpretation and a fun area just for children. there is a nearby bird hide to get that... More 

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Thank Fiona H
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Fiona Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! We're glad you had a great time! Kind regards Emma More 

forfar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been meaning to visit this place for years, and finally got around to it last weekend. Very friendly knowledgeable staff always willing to help, telling you the best places to spot birds animals etc. Binnoculars and telescopes on site for the public to use. Also a little café for refreshments, and plenty literature available.

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Thank Lorraine M
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Lorraine Thank you for leaving a review. We're delighted that you had such a good time at the centre. Hopefully we'll see you here again soon. Kind regards Emma More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Good to be back and you really have to enjoy a few hours bird watching across the Basin. Scenic, peaceful, and the staff on point to help you, and keep you informed. Lots of days out on their calendars for everyone, so can't wait to be back....

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Thank 2011bob2bob
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi 2011bob2bob Thank you for leaving a review. We're happy that you enjoy your time at the centre. See you again soon. Kind regards Emma More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We visited with our 4 year old and 8 month old and really enjoyed our time there. While the space is fairly small, the room they have kitted out for kids is so packed with activities, games and hands on ideas that our son would have happily played there for hours. They even have a little viewing area for kids... More 

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Thank HeatherEdi
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Heather Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're delighted that you and your family enjoyed your visit. We have some kids activities in the Easter and Summer holidays to entertain the kids. Just check out out website or facebook for more information. Kind regards Emma More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Just passed Montrose Basin nature reserve on the Aberdeen train. What a fantastic looking place! Miles of mudflats and mussel beds with thousands of geese and wading birds. Deserves greater recognition.

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Thank Stewart P
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Stewart Thank you for your review. We're very glad that you appreciate our beautiful reserve. Kind regards Emma More 

Stirling, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I'm not sure what I expected when I walked in to this visitor centre but I was extremely pleasantly surprised as I hadn't realised that this was a hide for the Montrose Basin and as such was kitted out with binoculars, information on all the birds and all British birds. There was a shop and cafe but we never bothered... More 

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Thank holland21
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Holland21 Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We're very glad to hear that the volunteers made you feel welcomed and were helpful. Kind regards Emma More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great center, with knowledgable staff, telescopes and information boards. It was great to browse the center and view the wildlife in the basin. Overall, well worth a visit.

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Thank Stephen B
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Stephen Thank you very much for your review. We're happy that you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon. Kind regards Emma More 

Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great spot for waders and wildfowl. Telescopes provided for visitors - essential as the estuary covers a vast area. Helpful staff and a shop with all sorts of birdie things and gift items.

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Thank WILLIAM W
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi William W Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again as we come into the spring. Kind regards Emma More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Montrose on Sunday 8th for the SWT Goose Breakfast which cost about £8 each. We arrived at the centre for 6.30am and were met by staff who then directed us to an area beside the cemetery to watch 60,000 pink footed geese take off at sunrise. The staff were really helpful and gave us loads of information and... More 

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Thank weejake2
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Weejake2 We're delighted that you enjoyed the event you attended. Thank you for your fantastic review. We hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards Emma More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

A centre with excellent views across the Basin, the centre has excellent scopes and binoculars for spotting wildlife as well as reference books and knowledgeable centre staff to advise and guide your viewing. In September there were many Lapwing, waders including Curlews, heron and seals on the sandbanks. A few pounds to visit but well worth it if you enjoy... More 

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Thank Alterain
MontroseBasin, General Manager at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Alterain Thank you for your kind review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the centre. Kind regards Emma More 

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