It's the same every year. June approaches and Tam and I finally give into our desperation for a holiday, making a snap decision about which Scottish coast we'll be exploring this year. There was a lot of talk about Skye in the past few months but, with one of us unemployed*, ultimately we went for the cheapest option we could find. And it turned out to be a boat-load of fun (you'll see why this terrible pun becomes relevant in a minute). One minute we were chatting about Stonehaven, the next we had a pitch booked in a campsite at Inverbervie and I was texting Sarah to schedule our next meet-up. Sorted!
It turns out the route we took actually has a name - the Angus Coastal Trail - and I'd actually been to a few of the stops on the journey. The trail begins in Dundee, home to many statues and a cosy tea tram, so head on over to that post for more info about the town. This time, we skirted around Dundee and stopped for lunch not too far away in Broughty Ferry.
Our main reason for the pit stop here will come as no surprise to regular Elise and Life readers - we'd been told this wee town was home to nine charity shops. After a picnic lunch by the sea, we set off on our mission to find them all. It ended up being the easiest mission of all time since we happened to walk up the side street where one of them sat (right across from a wool shop, I might add) and the others were all lined up nicely on the small main street. Admittedly, not many bargains were found, but it's as much about the thrill of the search where bargain hunting is concerned.
We took another wander to the sea front before leaving and came across the castle down by the harbour. There was also a great view of the Tay Bridges - it turns out Broughty Ferry and Dundee are only 7 minutes apart on the train so it's the perfect place to escape the city for a few hours.
Next on our Charity Shop Trail (I decided to rename the trip at this point) was Montrose. Technically, Monifieth, Carnoustie and Arbroath were next on the Coastal Route, but since we both really wanted to see Montrose, we decided to bypass these places and head straight there. We did visit Arbroath last year though so if anyone wants to learn more about it, click on the link!
The highlight of Montrose for me ended up being not the vast number of charity shops (all in one street again, unless there's some we missed. I love that kind of layout!) but the architecture. Ooh, it was good. Lots of vintage signs and wee local shops and quietly decaying properties. Since we arrived later in the day, there wasn't much time to explore before we had to find food and the campsite, but it's somewhere I'd love to revisit in the future.
Tam had requested a stop here since it was somewhere he'd been on holiday as a kid. When he found out there was a chip shop on the harbour, I voiced no objection. We had a good poke around the harbour area, finding more boats and retro signs to photograph, then it was time for food. The Quayside Restaurant more than met our expectations - I think the sole goujons were one of the best things I've ever eaten - and we left with full bellies, ready to pitch the tent!
Somehow we visited half the coastal trail in one day, so I'll leave the rest of our adventures for another post. Come back next week for more seaside chat and a picture of a giant fish...
Who's been travelling on the Angus Coastal Route? Any favourite stops?
*Obviously, I prepared myself with a reasonably generous safety net by the time my work contract ended. I did not get into debt just for the sake of a holiday!