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2. The Broughty Ferry to Carnoustie Ale Trail  —  by Graeme Duguid

There are several buses that travel to Broughty Ferry from Dundee but for this Real Ale Trail I would suggest the No.73/73A as it travels all the way to Carnoustie and back.  Board the bus outside Primark in the High Street at bus stop H3.

The journey to Broughty Ferry should take about 20 minutes and you should alight at the Broughty Ferry Library.  Cross the road and make your way towards the Old Post Office Bar, by the traffic lights (westwards).  Turn left down Fort Street over the railway bridge, continuing to the end of the road. On the left, just before lifeboat station, you will see the Fisherman's Tavern, a 19th century pub; usually six ales, including Scottish craft breweries’, are on tap. Next door almost is The Ship, which usually has Deuchars plus two others on.  Turn left along Fisher Street and follow the river until you come to Gray Street.

Turn up Gray Street, crossing over King Street and you will see the Anchor’s brightly painted frontage on your right hand side. The Anchor has a number of handpulls, Inveralmond beers often featuring. After leaving the Anchor, continue up Gray Street, cross Brook Street and you'll see the Royal Arch on the corner.  The Arch has three handpulls, Deuchars plus two guest beers available.

After the Arch it's time to get back on the bus again.  Continue up Gray Street over the level crossing  and turn left at the junction towards the Broughty Ferry Library where you can catch the No. 73 again, heading towards Carnoustie.  It's just a short hop to the next hostelry, so watch out for the “twin towers” gateway of Reres Hill park on the left, as a marker, and get off the bus just after Abertay Street.   Cross over to the other side of Dalhousie Street and you'll see the Cambustay, a large good-looking building, part of Mitchells & Butlers chain; there are 3 handpulls, usually 2 on, with a variety of beers.

The Cambustay, Barnhill

Heading back on the trail, cross over Dalhousie Street and make your way back to the previous bus stop to continue your journey on the 73 bus.  Alight at Grange Road, Monifieth, to take in The Milton Inn (a few minutes walk up Grange Road). A fine-looking building with usually 3 ales available from a good variety of breweries.

Back down the road to board the 73 again. Once in Carnoustie get off the bus just after North Burnside Street.  Cross the road and on the corner of Dundee Street and Camus Street is the Stag's Head.  The Stag's Head has two handpulls and is proud of its past connection with Billy Connolly.  Head out of the Stag and continue into the centre of Carnoustie.

It's a short walk along Dundee Street and then High Street until you reach the Dalhousie Hotel.  This former doctor's surgery has one handpull offering a regularly changing range of beers.   Keep on the same side of the road along the High Street until you come to the Kinloch Arms Hotel.  During the summer two handpulls will be offering varieties of beers, but this goes down to only one handpull in the winter months.

From the Kinloch continue eastwards along the High Street until you reach Station Road.  Turn down Station Road and just before the railway on the left hand side is the Station Hotel.  The Station is a family run Hotel and has one changing guest ale on in the Bar and the Lounge.

Now we are almost at the end of the trail.   Head back up Station Road and take the first road on your right, Ireland Street, and follow it along until you see the Aboukir Hotel on the left, set back from the road.  This recently modernized and extended hotel has two handpulls offering a variety of ales.

We've now come to the end of the trail. Head out the back door of the hotel into Church Street West, turn left and just a short distance along the road is the No. 73 bus stop to take you back to Dundee.