Stroll across a stunning seven arched viaduct on this country pub walk near the ‘Brighton of the North’.
The highlight of this pleasant 1½ mile pub walk near Dundee is crossing over a seven arched viaduct that once formed part of the Caledonian Railway. Suitable for all access users and ages.Download PDF Guide
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From the pub car park, walk towards the roundabout on the Abroath Road (A92). Just before you reach it, a tarmac pathway clearly marked with a circular blue bicycle and pedestrian sign branches across the grass verge on your right. Follow this path alongside the main road with the rolling farmland on your left-hand side.
At the next roundabout, the path curves right on to West Grange Road and merges with the pavement shortly after. Head along for about another 200 or so yards and you’ll see Colin Gibson Drive on your left: opposite is the start of the footpath that forms part of the Monifieth Network. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the view down towards the open sea in the distance.
The path was once part of the Dundee to Forfar line of the Caledonian Railway. Trees soon border each side of the walking route, lending it a rural feel. Not long after, the land drops away into a shallow wooded valley and the viaduct begins. Built by the engineers, John Willet and George Mackay, the 100 yard long, seven arched viaduct is fashioned from red rubble sandstone. Take a slight detour down some steps that take you down to the bottom where you can view the Viaduct in all its glory from underneath.
“The Viaduct in all its glory”
Dighty Burn runs beneath it, the water of which supplied a mill that manufactured linseed oil. The community that relied on the mill for work was known as Milton of Monifieth. Over the years, the village slowly expanded, helped by jute industries and the manufacture of machinery for other flax mills. By the time the viaduct was built in 1870, the population numbered about 2,000 people and, as a result, the village was granted Burgh status soon after.
Laid out below the viaduct are the playing fields of Monifieth High School and, in the distance, you should be able to see the glint of the Tay as it flows away from Dundee towards the open sea.
On the other side of the viaduct, the footpath soon crosses a narrow lane and then a paved brick road. Continue along the path as it leads between the trees and crosses Inchkeith Avenue. Follow the path up onto a bridge and you’ll be on North Balmossie Street. Turn right and follow the road past a fire station and then turn right onto Wyvis Road. The bridge here recrosses Dighty Water as it meanders it way prettily down to the river. Swing right onto the footpath with the dead end sign, turn left onto Panmurefield Road and, when you reach the roundabout at the end, you’ll see the pub in front. Time for a well-earned drink and a bite to eat!
The railway line closed in 1967 and, before being reopened as a walkway, lay disused for many years.
Point of Interest
The renovated buildings visible during the walk were originally mills, powered by water from Dighty Burn.
The Bell Tree is just a few minutes’ drive from Broughty Castle, an imposing 15th century fort which now houses a museum.
The Bell Tree is a handsome stone-built pub, close to the beautiful waters and sandy beach of Broughty Ferry and the historic sights of Dundee. By heading a little further along the coast in either direction, you can discover the rich heritage of Arbroath or St Andrews.
Though the Bell Tree is a fairly recent build, Broughty Ferry possesses a long and interesting history. The area grew up around the 15th century Broughty Castle, as a fishing port. The grand style of many of the buildings on ‘the Ferry’s’ curving promenade came later when a wave of wealthy Dundonian ‘Jute Barons’ moved to the area to escape the smog of industrial Dundee. No doubt, the attractive seafront helped this stretch of coast earn its moniker, the ‘Brighton of the North’.
The pub restaurant serves delicious meals throughout the day, seven days a week – from traditional pub favourites to modern twists on classic dishes and fabulous flavours from around the world. The superb menu is complemented by a tempting selection of refreshing drinks, including a tasty selection of cask ales – perfect after enjoying a stroll out in the fresh sea air.
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