Things to See & Do


The nearest course is Montrose Golf Club and is the 5th oldest golf course in world and boasts two 18 hole links courses and is only a 15 minute drive away. It is a public club which means it is very easy to just pay and play.  The Broomfield course is ideal for families, beginners and juniors or indeed as practice for the beautifully maintained Medal course.  Carnoustie, once considered one of the hardest courses' in the world after the 1999 British Open, is about a 30 to 40 min drive away and there are many other friendly courses in the surrounding area.


The nearby river North Esk is famous for its tremendously prolific salmon runs between the 16th of Feb until the 31st of October season. Click here for helpful information on permits and rods on the river.


There is wildfowling available at Montrose basin, the permits are from Angus Council.


There is excellent birding in the Nature Reserve on the doorstep of the Ice House and at the Montrose Basin nearby.

Places to visit

House of Dun, Glamis Castle, Dunninald House and Gardens are just some of the large historical buildings near to the Ice House. Montrose itself has three museums as well as its’ own rich history.

There are three traditional fishing villages located on the road north between St Cyrus and Stonehaven. Johnshaven and Gordoun still have working harbours complete with mounds of lobster pots, narrow streets lined with characterful buildings and fantastic sea views. You can pick up fresh fish, lobster,mussels and other seafood on the harbour wall in Gordoun.

The third village is picturesque Catterline which is perched on top of cliffs overlooking a tiny harbour and rocky seashore. It boasts an award winning seafood restaurant' ‘The Creel'’, and has fantastic rock pools to paddle in and explore at the foot of the cliffs. Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven is also well worth a visit with a fascinating history and includes a lions den. The lions, however, are long gone!

Family Activities

As well as the beach and sand dunes around the Ice House there is plenty of things to do to keep the kids entertained in the surrounding area.

Charlton farm is a fantastic spot for all the family with 2 large play areas for different age groups with a great selection of things to play on/with. Also there is ‘pick your own’ strawberries and raspberries etc. and a lovely café for great food and refreshments. It is only a few miles south of the Ice House, just before Montrose.

Seafront Splash at the beach in Montrose. It is a modern purpose built play area with paddling pool and pitch and putt.

Stonehaven Open Air Pool is a heated olympic sized sea water pool at the beach in Stonehaven and is open in the summer months. There is a water slide, midnight swims and ‘swoopee’ sessions at weekends. 

Kerr's Minature Railway is Scotland's oldest miniature railway, located in West Links Park, Arbroath.

Brechin Castle Centre - Coffee Shop & Restaurant, Garden Centre and Country Park.

This is just a selection of things to do and places of interest to give you a taste of activities in the area.

Walks from the door step

Crossing the bridge directly in front of the Ice House will take you to the beach where you can walk for miles in either direction. To the south is the North Esk river mouth and to the North are rock pools, cliffs, a cave and a path known locally as the ‘Donkey Path’. This was where the salmon were hauled originally by donkey and then tractor to the the old Woodston Fishery Station. There is then a walk back along the top of the cliffs back towards St Cyrus. Otherwise you can walk north along the path in front of the house to explore the sheltered dunes of the nature reserve.