Carnoustie to Broughty Ferry: Mearns 50+ group

The group at Barnhill rock garden
The group at Barnhill rock garden

A grey day might be an apt description for the weather on our latest walk, on Tuesday September 16. However it didn’t rain and that is always a main consideration, but it was hard for Stewart Craig, our photographer, to get clear photos.

24 walkers gathered at the Leisure Centre car-park in Carnoustie to make their way to Broughty Ferry or Monifeith. From the car park, we headed south, with a golf course on our left and DJ Laing buildings then flats, on our right. The first part of the route is open to cars but is not busy; after a short distance it becomes a cycle/walking path, with the railway line on the right, close by. There always seemed to be a golf course on one side of us: sometimes the right, sometimes the left; I’m not sure how many courses in all.

a sign the group seen on their walk

a sign the group seen on their walk

Most of you will be aware that the shooting competitions for the Commonwealth Games were held at Barry Buddon. Our path took us close to there: we could hear shooting in progress and admired (if that’s the right word!) the huge assault course just a bit bigger than the one in the local park! The red flags were flying but we were aware of the shooting long before we saw the flags.

As we approached Monifeith, the road widened and there was some vehicular traffic probably to or from Barry Buddon itself. For the main group of walkers, Monifeith was where we had our lunch stop. There were several picnic tables so we were able to eat in comfort. Moving on from there, I was intrigued by a carved bench which had dolphins on either side of it. There wasn’t really room to sit but it was interesting nevertheless. I’m sure there must be a story behind it.......

Our route then took us past a caravan park, through the Barnhill Rock Garden and on into Broughty Ferry where we caught a service bus back to Carnoustie. We walked six and a half miles in approximately three hours. The following day, I was on a train south, and timed the journey from Carnoustie to Broughty Ferry: less than 5 minutes!

The next walk will be on Tuesday September 30, a circular walk round Loch Shandra in Glenisla. We will start from the car-park at Freuchies in Glenisla. As usual, the minibus will leave the Burgh Buildings in Laurencekirk at 10am.