St Cyrus National Nature Reserve
The Old Lifeboat Station
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR) is one of the most picturesque sections of coastline in north-east Scotland. Towering cliffs, yellow dunes and golden beach enclose a spectacular wildflower meadow that supports a number of rare plants and insects.
The Reserve provides a sanctuary for a range of plant and insect species that are more characteristic of the south of England, many at the northern limit of their range in Britain. The grasslands and reedbeds provide nesting opportunities for small birds, such as stonechat, yellowhammer and whitethroat.
The accessibility of this tranquil refuge attracts thousands of visitors each year, many passing through the doors of the award winning Visitor Centre or enjoying one of the free summer guided walks.
From Montrose, head 5 miles north on the A92 coastal road. St Cyrus NNR is signposted on the right, immediately after crossing the Northwater Bridge over the River Esk. Follow the single track road for 1.5 miles to the car park and visitor centre. The car park has a height restriction barrier at 2.1m, however there is an informal space outside of the reserve office for motorhomes that exceed the height restrictions, or for a single coach.
By Public Transport: The nearest bus stop is in St Cyrus (1.5 miles) on the Aberdeen – Montrose bus route. The nearest train station is at Montrose (5 miles) on the Aberdeen – Edinburgh line.
By Bike: Leave National Cycle Network Route 1 (Edinburgh – Aberdeen) at Montrose, following the A92 to the Northwater Bridge over the River Esk. Take the minor road east off the A92 signposted to St Cyrus NNR immediately north of the Northwater Bridge and approximately 2 miles south of St Cyrus village. Follow the single track road for 1.5 miles to the car park and visitor centre.
On Foot: The reserve can be accessed from St Cyrus Village, via Beach Road, where there is a steep path from a parking area down to the north part of the Reserve. There are also various paths and trails starting from the visitor centre located at the southern end of the reserve, which can be accessed via an unclassified road 0.5miles south of St Cyrus, east of the A92.