From the harbour to Auchmithie 5 miles away runs the clifftop path, part of it forming the Seaton Clifftop Wildlife Reserve. Pink and red sandstone cliffs stretch endlessly (or at least appear so!) into the distance, eroded into a series of inlets, caves and arches. Occasional breaks in the cliffs also allow you to descend to sea level. At all times you are accompanied by the screeching of the thousands of sea-birds (including puffins in the right season) that nest here.
There are certainly more impressive coastal paths, but combined with the Abbey, Arbroath is certainly an enjoyable day's visit.
Harbours are always interesting to visit, as boats of various types will be moored there. In Arbroath what is interesting is the buildings beside the harbour; not bleak grey buildings such as can be found in Aberdeen but attractively built out of sandstone, I think.
Somewhere it should be possible to have a meal of the local speciality, Arbroath smokies [smoked haddock].
Photo courtesy of Arbroath tourist page
Away from the Abbey, the pedestrianised high street and the sea, the main focus to the town is the harbour. Here you will find 2-3 pubs which serve food as well as a small lighthouse museum. It's a working fishing harbour and is a pleasant spot to while away time.
4 Shore, Arbroath, DD11 1PB, United Kingdom
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Small, traditional pub overlooking the harbour in Arbroath. Friendly and welcoming, extensive menu (also have a separate restaurant room) but the real experience is to taste the Arbroath Smokie - line-caught haddock which is then smoked over oak-chippings. Wash it down with one of the local beers - simple and good (as long as you like the idea of smoked fish). And with the boats outside, you know its fresh!!
Favorite Dish: Arbroath Smokie
The only time I have been through Arbroath since joining Vt was in 2009 when visiting Aberdeen. I took the morning train from Waverley station which took a couple of hours to reach Aberdeen.From the train I managed to get some long shots of Arbroath. Unfortunately it looks a grey town on the grey North Sea.
The train journey is comfortable and convenient whether from Aberdeen of Edinburgh, and would make a good day trip.