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Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
+44 1674 676336
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Hours of family fun and education

Did not anticipate both my children and I should have such a fun and interesting time there in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2arf
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Great centre

An excellent wildlife centre with plenty of telescopes and binoculars available to visitors, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
harriskirrie
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Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
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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 thousands of migratory birds including pink-footed geese, common terns, knots and sedge warblers. Highlights include telescopes, binoculars and live footage of migratory birds. Children will love the interactive toys and games such as microscopes, wildlife portal and puzzles. Children's activities and themed events are held regularly, as well as 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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  • Average3%
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  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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A92 Montrose to Arbroath Rd | Rossie Braes, Montrose DD10 9TA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not anticipate both my children and I should have such a fun and interesting time there in pouring rain. Lots of displays, interactive activities, great quizzes, lots to see, read, hear, do, learn. Very friendly and helpful staff. A great visit.More

Thank 2arf
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you very much for your lovely review! We're so glad that our visitor centre entertained you all during that awful bit of weather we had. Hopefully we'll see you again soon (and maybe this time the weather will be nice enough to go...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent wildlife centre with plenty of telescopes and binoculars available to visitors, and with very friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Thank harriskirrie
MontroseBasin, Montrose Basin Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Harriskirrie, Thanks ever so much for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and made use of our equipment. It's always great to hear such positive feedback- hopefully we shall see you again. Kind Regards, Lesley

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This visitor center is a comfortable and super nice way to see and learn about birds in their natural habitat. There are outside trails and a hide as well as the nice visitor center. We arrived in the pouring rain and opted for an inside...More

Thank Ethical_Traveler
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ethical_Traveler, Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review! We're so glad our visitor centre served as an enjoyable place to shelter from the rain. Hopefully the weather will be better if you visit us again and then you can try out...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visitor centre is a must to visit went you love wildlife. The staff is very helpful in explaining everything and there is a fantastic view across the basin from the big viewing window.

Thank Si B
MontroseBasin, Visitor Centre Assistant Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Si B, Thank you very much for your review! We're glad that you had a good time at our visitor centre and found our explanations helpful. Hope to see you again soon! Joanna

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit whether you know a lot about birds or not. The basin is a unique and beautiful habitat for an incredible range of bird species. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I will certainly be back to see...More

Thank Frida J
MontroseBasin, Montrose basin Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Frida, Thank you so much for your lovely review! Glad you got to see all the different wildlife the reserve has to offer. Hopefully next time you're here the ospreys be obliging, and will be out fishing on the basin! Rosie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wet weather prevented the planned walk and this was a great alternative. Lots to see and engage with, not that much bird activity when we were there but the friendliness and enthusiasm of the staff ensured we all felt welcome and included. The telephone for...More

Thank Diana M
MontroseBasin, Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Diana, Thank you for your lovely review! It's great to hear that you had a good time, despite the weather outside! Rosie

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The centre is excellent, with knowledgable, friendly staff. The setting of the centre is superb, with an elevated view over the basin, scrapes and wildlife gardens. There are a good number of telescopes, if you don't have your own, for viewing the wildlife - and...More

Thank ProfIan
MontroseBasin, Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi Professor Ian, Thank you for both your visit and for joining the Scottish Wildlife Trust. What a lovely and informative review! We hope to see you back here sometime, Rosie

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Birds are a big attraction here as you are at a tidal basin. We saw a wide variety in a short time as well as seals. There are several walks for close viewing and for a small fee you can use the centre's powerful equipment...More

Thank Julie R
MontroseBasin, Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review! We're glad you had a good time and spotted so much wildlife, especially our sunbathing seals! We hope you had a lovely holiday, Rosie

Reviewed 1 May 2017

I recently visited the Basin Visitor Centre with my 3 year old son, this is the first time I've been since the alterations, I really enjoyed it and found the staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable. My son loved it! The children's corner has...More

Thank Amy_Kate19
MontroseBasin, Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hello Amy, Thank you for your review! It's great to hear that you and your son had such a good time at our visitor centre. The fishing game is always popular! Joanna

Reviewed 1 May 2017

I have been here a couple of times, recently for a hen party which was fab! The staff were so accommodating and really went out of their way to make us welcome. The basin itself is beautiful and the selection of birds is impressive. There's...More

Thank Anne P
MontroseBasin, Intern at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Anne, Thank you so much for your review! We really enjoyed having you all here and are happy to hear that you had a great time. Hope to see some of you again in the future! Joanna

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