If you’ve got a furry friend that likes walking, there is a huge variety of walks to discover and enjoy around Sunnyside.
Here are some “hot leads” (sorry…) on where to go.
Sunnyside Estate sits in its own gorgeous woodlands and right alongside is Rosemount Woods. Part of the nationwide Millennium Forest for Scotland, it’s a mixture of existing and newly planted woodland so is a great place for your four-legged friend to enjoy some snuffs. You can access it from Rosemount Road in Hillside.
Other woods nearby include Montreathmont Forest, south of Montrose with a number of access points to the forest along the A933, the B9113 and several unclassified roads that run through the forest.
With loads of tracks and paths, Montreathmont is a great place to explore with your dog. There are even a few pools to find where dogs can enjoy a splash around in the water. Watch out for deer in the forest, and don’t forget to check your dog for ticks afterwards.
And you might enjoy Denlethen Woods, just off the A90 at Laurencekirk. Head for Laurencekirk then turn right instead of left just before you enter village to find a Forestry and Land Scotland-managed woodland with a horseshoe-shaped walk through it where you’re quite likely to catch sight of red squirrels scampering about.
We’re blessed with the glorious North Esk River right beside us, which is a great spot for the water babies amongst us. Please do be careful during periods of high tides or heavy rainfall as the powerful flow can overwhelm an unwary animal.
You can walk from Sunnyside down to the river itself, which leads down to Kinnaber – another brilliant walk. Or you can access walks along the bank at Craigo or Marykirk where in late summer and autumn you can see leaping adult salmon heading back upstream towards their birthplace.
Nothing beats a walk along the beach, whatever the weather. And we have some of the best beaches on the east coast within easy reach.
St Cyrus is a national nature reserve that can be explored on one of four waymarked trails or combine them to make a longer walk. you can walk the length of the beach and either return the way you came, follow the track through the dune grasslands below the cliffs or use the cliff paths to make a more strenuous circuit. Dogs must be kept on a lead or close to heel during the bird breeding season – 1 April to 31 August – until you reach the beach.
Across the estuary, you find Kinnaber which gives unrestricted access to the beach right down to Montrose itself. This is a lovely walk that is suitable for all ages and fitness, through woods and along the sandy beach.
There is a good guide to the full 11.5km walk here
And if you fancy a cuppa with your walk, try Lunan Bay beach. Take the A92 south from Montrose and you’ll see it signposts to Lunan. Go at low tide and there is the chance to explore the caves at the north end of the beach or head along the road to explore the longer south section of beach with loads of space at low tide for dogs to run and play.
Hopefully some of these suggestions will find a new favourite for you and your four-legged friend. Remember that in Scotland, you can walk your dog on most land as long as you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and keep your dog under proper control.