Tentsmuir is 3,700 acres (15 km2) of forest, beaches and nature reserves with lots of wildlife to see such as deers, bats, Red Squirrels and in particular Grey Seals. An ideal place for cycling and walking.

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Fife, Scotland, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Tayport Heath, Tentsmuir Sands, Tentsmuir Point, Tayport Beach, Tentsmuir Forest, Morton Lochs, Tentsmuir Beach


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Tayport Heath

Tayport Heath is located on the mouth of the Firth of Tay. From here a system of sand dunes stretches all the way along the shore to Tentsmuir Point, bounded by the River Tay on one side and fringed by the forest on the other. In recent years we have gradually been clearing the trees and scrub which had taken hold on this site to allow the dune heath to recover to its natural state. We have left small patches of alder, willow and birch as important habitats for butterflies and other insects.

This is a great place to look for wildlife and to take in the spectacular views across the Tay. Look for heather, wild rose and cross-leaved heath growing on the dune heath and keep an eye out for the many birds on the shore including oystercatchers, curlew, redshank and eider duck.

Tentsmuir Forest

Covering some 50 square miles the forest consists mainly of Scots Pine with its towering trees it is a great place to explore by bike or on foot. You can follow one of the waymarked trails, or plan a longer day out and take a circular route which links to Tayport Heath and Morton Lochs.

Morton Lochs

There are 3 Locks here which attracts many birds and animals. There are also four hides around Morton Lochs – all great places to watch wildlife or to just relax in the peace and quiet. Water rail, little grebe, tufted duck, goldeneye, marsh harrier, ospreys, kingfishers and otters are all regularly seen on and around the lochs. Visit during winter to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of hundreds of teal gathering on the food-rich sheltered water.

Tentsmuir Point

A large area of sand dunes and beach on the southern shore of Firth of Tay it is a great spot to see common grey seals and birds.

Tentsmuir Sands

A large sandy beach backed by an expanse of sand-dunes.


Barbecues are permitted, however this must take place within the picnic area, not on the beach. The bricks provided are to be used to avoid burning the tables.


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Address: Forestry Commission Scotland, Fetterdale Office, Tayport, Fife, DD6 9PF, UK
Phone: +44 1382 553962
Email: bid.strachan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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