Updated: Apr 24, 2021
With the summer school holidays here for another few weeks have you thought about visiting Broughty Ferry? Broughty Ferry located in the Scottish region of Dundee and Angus can be overshadowed by its larger city neighbour - Dundee. Filled with history, the fishing town is a great day out for all the family. Here's why it shouldn't be overlooked.
Broughty Ferry Town and Harbour ©MDHarding
Day Trip To Broughty Ferry, Scotland
Getting To Broughty Ferry
We traveled from Edinburgh by car taking an hour and a half along the main roads through Dundee and into Broughty Ferry. There is also the alternative pretty coastal Fife route which takes you via the charming villages of Crail, Pittenweem and Anstruther or via the Tay Bridge. Parking is free in the town but beware it can get quite busy on sunny days!
The other option is to travel by train to Dundee then take the local bus which would take considerably longer. There is also the Citylink or Stagecoach buses from Edinburgh.
If you opt to travel by train get your camera ready! Grab yourself a comfy seat on the left-hand side of the train for the first half of the journey as you cross the UNESCO heritage Forth Rail Bridge with views across the Firth of Forth and the charming villages of both South and North Queensferry. As you get close to Dundee switch to the right-hand side to get views from the Tay Rail Bridge across the River Tay and the new V & A Dundee museum.
North Queensferry, the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing From The Forth Rail Bridge ©MDHarding
What To See And Do
Broughty Castle built-in 1496 on an earlier fortification from 1454, was to protect Scotland against the English Navy. Sitting at the mouth of the River Tay it was seen as the first line of defense for the region in both World War I & II. Discover the local military volunteers, uniform, artillery and housing in the rich history displayed within the castle galleries. There is also the Orchard collection gallery and a natural history display with local wildlife. Free to visit. Please check the website for opening times.
Broughty Castle and Harbour ©MDHarding
Take the one-hour adrenaline filled boat tour around the Tay Estuary, wildlife spotting, hearing about the local history as well as seeing the new V & A Dundee museum from another perspective with Pirate Boats. This fun-filled adventure departs from Broughty Ferry Harbour and includes a life jacket/safety briefing. Seas the day! To avoid disappointment book in advance.
Pirate Boat In Broughty Ferry Harbour ©MDHarding
Beach & Children's Playpark
There is an ample children's play-park with miniature golf and go-karting, afterwards, it's a hop, skip and jump to the beach. I was very impressed at how clean it was! No dogs allowed. Don't forget your bucket and spade.
Broughty Ferry Beach ©MDHarding
There is a variety of eateries in Broughty Ferry. We were recommended The Glass Pavilion, only a ten-minute walk along the beach/promenade, with stunning views. There is also on street parking and it's fully accessible for everyone. Dogs are welcome. The food, service and location were fab. Glad we decided to give it a go.
The Glass Pavilion, Broughty Ferry ©MDHarding
I hope you enjoyed reading and inspired to visit Broughty Ferry. As always, If you have any comments and questions. You can reach out to me via email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Happy Travels:) x