This excursion will follow the coastal trail starting from Auchmithie, south to Arbroath. We will study the Upper and Lower Devonian sandstones and conglomerates and their interaction with coastal erosion to produce a spectacular suite of  geomorphological features.

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Excursion title:

Raised beaches and Old Red Sandstone: Auchmithie to Arbroath Geodiversity Trail

Date & time:

11th July 2020 09:00

Finish time:

16:00 (17:30 in Edinburgh)


Dr. Alastair McGowan, EGS

Excursion aims and description:

A coastal walk to study the Devonian sedimentary rocks and their interaction with coastal erosion to produce a spectacular suite of coastal geomorphological features.



Meeting point:

Waterloo Place. Coach route north out of Edinburgh. Pick-up points at Blackhall, Barnton and Ferry Toll P&R.

First locality:

Park at car park NO 6780 4420 and then go down to examine Auchtmitie Harbour.

Excursion route:

Following coastal trail as detailed in the Arbroath to Auchmithie leaflet. We will go from Auchmithie to Arbroath (North-South).

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Good paths and roads at start and finish. Steps down to a sand/cobble beach and then back up.

Distance around 5 miles (8 km) and 163 m ascent, 198 m descent.

Also Walk Highlands information for ‘there and back’ walk

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

All of the hazards, from AJM knowledge of the area, are covered in the Low-Risk hazard descriptions and control risks. Footwear should be walking shoes, trainers or boots.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

AJM has additional first-aid equipment and is certified as an outdoor leader and Advanced First Aider with emphasis on remote environments.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

Hard hats would be advised for some of the beach sections and near cliffs when on beach.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:

Toilets at both ends of the trail.

Geological map sheet:

BGS Scotland 49

OS map sheet:

Explorer 382; Landranger 54


Fife & Tayside – a landscape fashioned by geology (Scottish Natural Heritage and BGS)

Fife & Angus Geology – an Excursion Guide (Pentland Press)