Carlingheugh Bay

Ethie Haven to Whitingness


Ethie Haven to Whitingness SSSI

This is the longest continuous stretch of sea cliffs and rocky shore in Tayside. Up to 50m high and stretching about 11 km along the coast, the terrain is very dangerous in places and many parts are inaccessible.

The cliffs are widely studied as they show a spectacular series of erosion features including sea stacks, blowholes, caves, wave cut platforms and arches. Carlingheugh Bay has a raised beach and relic sea cliff thought to date from the main postglacial transgression approximately 6,000 years ago. This part of the Angus coast is a well-known site for migrating birds in autumn and winter.

The site covers the cliffs and immediate hinterland from Corbie Knowe on the southern edge of Lunan Bay to south to Whiting Ness near Arbroath.

Auchmithie and Seaton cliffs which fall within this area have dedicated pages due to their own importance.

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