Dundee & St. Andrews, Scotland

River Tay East, Broughty Castle, Dighty Burn

Broughty Castle by Euan Nelson

This route explores the waterfront area east of the marina. We’ve mapped a route of up to 6.5 miles one-way, but there are sort of three sections: River Tay path; the area around Broughty Castle, and along the river to Monifieth Beach, and a path along the Dighty Burn River. It’s called The Green Circular along most of the route.

Section 1, Miles 0-3: Green Circular Path from Stannergate Rd. to Broughty Castle. After a ~1 mile gap east of the marina, the Green Circular path picks up again at Stannergate Rd., and then as as a nice waterfront sidewalk along Douglas Terrace. Nice water views.

The Esplanade. Google Street View.

Section 2, Miles 3.0-5.3: Broughty Castle to Ferry Rd., near Monifieth Beach. This is the most scenic section. A scenic loop around the waterfront 15th-century castle and scenic grounds/park, and then along the waterfront Esplanade (more a sidewalk along the road than a wide seafront promenade). Some parts of the Esplanade along the water and others slightly inland. You’ll pass Broughty Ferry Nature Reserve (additional paths) and the Barnhill Rock Garden park.

Section 3, Miles 5.3-6.5: Dighty Burn. At the 5.3 mile mark, one can continue along the Esplanade toward Monifieth Beach. Our route turns north, for a pleasant ~1  mile path along the Dighty Burn, which is linear park along a narrow river. The path ends near the scenic Seven Arches Viaduct.

Add-Ons: See our River Tay route headed from the marina, headed west. See also our Dighty Burn Linear Park route, headed northwest.

Essentials
  • Up to 6.5 miles one-way. Shorter option is to start at Broughty Castle
  • Fairly flat
  • Just east of the Dundee Marina
  • Numerous access points. For a one-way run, can use train back from Balmossie.

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Essentials
  • Up to 6.5 miles one-way. Shorter option is to start at Broughty Castle
  • Fairly flat
  • Just east of the Dundee Marina
  • Numerous access points. For a one-way run, can use train back from Balmossie.