Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, Tayport: Address, Phone Number, Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
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Seals, snow bunting and shifting sands, there's something for everyone at Tentsmuir. Whether you want to explore some of the paths and trails, take in the magnificent views at the beach or spend time in one of the bird hides looking out for rarities, Tentsmuir has it all.
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Shona
Bathgate, UK1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited the nature reserve on a whim and had a fab time. We loved the red squirrels who came really quite close to the hide for photos 👍
Written 30 September 2021
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scottie0
scotland26 contributions
Jul 2021
Visited yesterday again and it was a glorious day. It was busy as predicted but still didnt feel too overcrowded. Ventured down to the beach for the first time also and the beach is gorgeous - the water was so clean and quite warm for a change. However i have a couple of negative points:

1. Access road to Tentsmuir is only single file and it is in a disgraceful state - potholls and very difficult to drive on. If cars are coming the other way you could be caught for a while either trying to wait on them passing or if you try and squeeze past together.

2. For the size of the place and usage, only one set of toilets isnt enough. There are no toilets near the beach either. Toilets needed at the other end of the car park and also near the beach.

3. Disabled access to the beach is zero. Its quite a walk down there and its hard going as its all sand dunes and up and down. Takes about 10 mins. If your carrying beach stuff too, picnic etc its a struggle. Possibly should put down some wooden boards to make the walk easier and to allow disabled people to go there too?

4. The car park is in a shocking state too - all pot holes, stones and actually sore to walk on if your wearing sandles or canvas shoes.

You pay £2 to park there and with the amount of cars that were there plus ones who have gone home early or come later the forestry commission must have made at least £3000 yesterday. Surely getting that amount of money would be enough to help make the car park more disabled friendly.
Written 26 July 2021
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johnscottneill
Carluke, UK33 contributions
Oct 2020
Forest and beach, a place to calm the soul, free parking at present but importantly a place where social distancing is easy and the joy of nature is there to appreciate. Just don't speed please on the approach road to the car park as the road is not the A92 and used by cyclists and walkers It was also amazingly clean and free from rubbish which is a plus these days
Written 29 October 2020
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Tracy M
Fife, UK7 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Access from the b945 to the car park at morton lochs is a disgrace with large pot holes all over the road, poor show from the forestry commission
Written 7 October 2020
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kjf_x
Carnoustie, UK1,207 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Lovely walk and even with every car parking space full the area is large enough for you to barely cross paths with another person the beach is high as is the forest area for walking. Perfect for dogs, kids and all the family.
Written 27 September 2020
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Therese C
Liverpool, UK7 contributions
Jul 2020
We tried to visit at the beginning of the week only to find the road was closed because of Covid. There was not much information about the situation on the website but we had a chance meeting with a friend later in the week who was able to tell us it had reopened so we went back again. The beach is gorgeous with dunes and a vast expanse of sand at low tide. We came upon the colony of basking seals they tell you about, which was quite exciting for us townies. Car parking charges were suspended because of Covid, unfortunately the toilets were closed for the same reason.
Written 15 July 2020
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ianandjackie12
Cheshire, UK6 contributions
Aug 2019
If you like long sandy beaches and forest walks along well sign posted routes, well this is the place to go. Unfortunately the RAF Typhoons have left the adjoining base, so you no longer see the new pilots practising their take offs and landings but that doesn't matter. Wonderful shells adorn the beach while seals have their own little viewing spot on a nearby sandbank. Red squirrels and bird life in abundance live in and around the forest, easily accessed by foot or cycle. A picnic area and toilets (spring / summer months only) support your visit, ensuring you can spend the whole day there without worry. Car drivers support maintaining this fabulous asset by paying a £2 charge to get their car in and that's only fair, a very small charge for the fantastic value for money you get
Written 22 December 2019
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Newton563
Glasgow, UK31 contributions
Oct 2019
Visited on a late October Monday, so it was quiet, but the beach is so lovely, and the surrounding forest and sand dunes full of interesting walks and tracks for bikes or horse riding, that I expect it could be very busy at weekends and in the summer. However, the beach at low tide is vast, so plenty of room for everyone. Very clean sand, and obviously the surrounding area is well managed. Had a delicious crepe at the van in the car park! Dogs loved their walk that day.
Written 28 October 2019
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Pam W
3 contributions
Sep 2019
This is one of my favourite places as it's full of fascinating wildlife - squirrels, birds, butterflies etc. However a major part of the access track (can't call it a road) to the Morton Lochs section is currently in atrocious state with horrendous potholes. Reserve staff say it's the responsibility of Forestry and Land Scotland to maintain it but clearly that haven't bothered recently. Shocking, considering it's part of a National Nature Reserve. A lot of money has recently been spent on the facilities at the main part of Tentsmuir Forest so I'm hoping this is just temporary but it's been like this for months now.
Written 30 September 2019
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SueO498
Skipton, UK39 contributions
Sep 2019
Really enjoyable visit here - walked up to the Ice House through the woods and back on the beach. Great car park with toilets and picnic area. Excellent value for money at just £2. Would love to re-visit sometime

Word of caution though - narrow single track road for about four miles on approach, could be an issue if busy but we didn't have a problem
Written 15 September 2019
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