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Monifieth to Broughty Ferry Castle - a sunny stroll.

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As its such a glorious day, please join Willow and me on our morning walk.

Today we will be driving about 2&1/2 miles to Monifieth Beach and then we’ll walk about 2&1/2 miles to Broughty Ferry Castle. Willow and I will be walking straight back, but you are welcome to go for an ice cream or do a bit of shopping in lovely Broughty Ferry!

At the Car Park….

The beginning of our journey…

We will be walking along a beach-front footpath the whole way, so no cars, just foot traffic and cyclists to contend with. We will start by walking past some of the Caravan parks on that back on to the railway line, and on our left we will have the Tay Estuary all the way.

Between Monifieth and Broughty Ferry lies Barnhill and there we have a lovely Rock Garden which was originally a small golf course built between the new Railway Line and the Beach over 100 years ago. In 1955 the locals decided to create a garden and it is still run by cooperation between the Council and a Volunteer membership group.

There is a greenhouse with a plant sales table and honesty box.

And the glass-house is used as an educational/meeting space.

I did not know there were white Daphne mezereum until today! The scent was absolutely wonderful!

Now we are leaving the gardens and this is looking back towards Monifieth. But we won’t be crossing the road just yet to get back to the beach because there is now a woodland walk to follow along the side of the railway line…(and we can nosey in the back gardens of some of the posh houses along the way..but sorry, no pics!)

Does anyone know what this is please? leaves like a ribes but only a single flower on each twig…gorgeous colour and very papery like Abutilon, but a much smaller flower. I’ve never seen it before…growing wild along the path.

Well, in 28 years living in Dundee and Angus, that’s the first time I’ve wandered through the Rock Gardens and the first time I’ve done that Woodland Trail! Incredible! But now we are forced to cross the road and head back towards the Beach….aaaah, never mind. The sun is still shining!

Now we’re on the outskirts of Broughty Ferry. I’ve heard it described as the ‘Nicest Suburb in Scotland’ before and yes of course I would say it definintely is. Certainly the nicest suburb I’ve ever been in Scotland!

And we could stop here at the Glass Pavilion Restaurant and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of Cake gazing out over the water…but you are holding out for that famous Visocchi’s Ice Cream aren’t you, so we’ll keep going….

Broughty Beach Front Houses…

And here we are…the Castle. Now Willow and I are heading back to the start along the beach….but enjoy your ice-cream everyone, and a browse in the boutiques..you’ve earned it! :)

Bye! :)

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We often do that by foot and by cycle its lovely there Karen
Thanks for the memories .
And at the bridge their is the wildflower meadow.

30 Mar, 2016

 

I appreciate the tour Karen, thank you. It looks so relaxing and refreshing.

30 Mar, 2016

 

I enjoyed that Karen, a bit of everything all in the one walk, I bet Willow loved it, the rock garden was a real treat along the way, its very well cared for isn't it, the locals have done themselves proud with that one, much better than any golf course, sorry to anyone who actually enjoys going, lol, are the standing stones in your first pic genuinely old or just a take on days long gone, oh and were you tempted by any of the plants out of the G'house..

30 Mar, 2016

 

Those stones are 20th century I'm afraid Lincs. I didnt look too closely at the plants as I only had an emergency fiver, and no shopping bag! Otherwose I would likely have come home with something...you know me. ;)

30 Mar, 2016

 

That's a smashing walk Karen. It has everything that that I love....seaside, gardens and a plant sales...what more could I want. I'd be strolling back with an ice-cream in one hand and a bag full of plants in the other..happy as a little sand boy..
That's a lovely rock garden. A real treat to look round it and it's so well tended. I like the tree with the mushroom carved on top.
Thankyou for showing us your lovely walk, I really enjoyed accompanying you. :o)

30 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks HB. Im glad you liked it! :)

30 Mar, 2016

 

What a wonderfully peaceful walk, Karen - a great choice for enjoying the glorious sunshine today :)

30 Mar, 2016

 

Beach almost to yourself, and Willow. Everyone in the tea shop?

30 Mar, 2016

 

Some lovely scenery Karen - its great that the community work together on the garden. Thank you for the Erythronium - a real confirmation that Spring is sprung! My one and only is just deciding to send up a flower but its a bit tardy. Can we have a picture of Willow enjoying your next walk please?

30 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks Sheila. Siris, Scotland is just a lot less populated than England. One of its best points! There were plenty of fellow walkers today, but its hardly ever crowded here. Stera, I'm sorry we werent in the photos. I was struggling to keep the dog under control at the same time as fiddling with my new phone. I was so scunnered with my old one..it wouldn't hold its charge and I'm not due an upgrade till May...But in a brilliant stroke of luck, OH found the phone that our son lost and replaced a few months ago! It was in the sofa (we had looked there twice already!). So as usual I got someone elses phone, but its a really good one! Lol!

30 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks Karen, I did think they were newish but thought I'd ask, in the future maybe somebody will be digging underneath trying to figure out why they are there, mind you they'll probably be doing it all by gadgets and technology
I always have carry an emergency tenner in my mobile case, and if the dog is with me then there is always a few bags tucked away somewhere, lol....

30 Mar, 2016

 

Do you know, i never thought of using a poo bag! Lol!

30 Mar, 2016

 

It is a wonderful tour Karen; thanks so much. It felt as if was walking with you and listening to your commentary.
what is an Honesty box?
The water must too cold for a swim at this time of the year!
Thanks again ...

5 Apr, 2016

 

Yes Balcony. This is the coldest time of year for the water. Even in late summer only very hardy people would go in to our sea above knee level! An honesty box is a box with a slit in it for you to make payment for plants/fresh farm eggs etc at the roadside without anyone having to be there to serve you. They are common in the countryside here.

5 Apr, 2016

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