The Heritage of Lunan Bay
Archaeological evidence of Palaeolithic, pre-Christian, and Pictish inhabitation.
“Lunan” itself possibly comes from Pictish words meaning “the river of the lakes”.
Red castle has origins as a hunting lodge and Norman-built fortress constructed on a mound defending the coast against Norse (Danish) invaders.
Scottish kings originally bequeathed the castle and lands to Nobles, who governed the area.
The wide-open strands of Lunan bay have attracted military invaders over the centuries, including Romans, Danes, and the French.
The car park at Lunan usually is home to various Warblers and Finches, and in winter Greenfinches can be found feeding on the rosehips in massive abundance. Great-spotted Woodpeckers have been known to feed in the woodland just opposite the car park.
18th & 19th Century - Modern Day
Religious Struggles, the advent of steam-power and industrial advance
Some native mammals such as Otters, Badgers, Roe deer, Stoats, Bats and Foxes are regularly sighted throughout Lunan, twilight hours being the best time to spot them.
Brown Trout, Salmon and Sea Trout can be seen leaping from the water. The mouth of the river is an important roost for birds, typically Terns and Gulls. Bottlenose dolphins are spotted regularly from the beach and an occasional harbour porpoise too. Grey and Common/Harbour Seals fish in the shallows and curiously watch visitors on the beach.
A Historic Lime Kiln
In the 18th Century advances were made in agriculture. The lime kiln at Bodin was used to slake lime with the heat of coal, brought by boat. The lime was used to increase crop yields.
Families of all classes lived and worked in the rural communities of the area. Large families and opportunities elsewhere meant that many of the people left for other parts of Britain or emigrated overseas.
The family names associated with Lunan are found in the graveyards of Lunan, Inverkeilor, Montrose, and St. Vigeans. The global diaspora that arises from Lunan Bay is surely immense. In modern times Lunan Bay has been well loved by families seeking sea-side fun, recreation, and beach activities.
Wildlife, plants birds and animals thrive in the coastal and riverside environment, much to the great pleasure of walkers, naturalists, photographers, artists, and holiday makers.
We need your help
Help Us Provide a Permanent Ranger Service at Lunan Bay and Beyond
The Ranger Project day-to-day management is provided by the voluntary contribution of the LBCP Board of Trustees
The initial Ranger project was funded by NatureScot’s Better Places Green Recovery Grant, applied for and awarded to the LBCP which allowed us to offer the Ranger Service from 1 July to 31 Oct 2021, in collaboration with Angus Council. The Ranger Project day-to-day management is provided by the voluntary contribution of the LBCP Board of Trustees. Much of the infrastructure was donated by LBCP members. The LBCP have applied for several grants to support a long term Ranger Service at Lunan Bay, and our ambition is to roll this community-led Ranger Service across Angus and throughout Scotland. If you would like to support us, we can also accept donations.
Support the LBCP
The LBCP relies on crucial funding to uphold and deliver on our Aims, Events and Projects which protect and benefit Lunan Bay, the surrounding and immediate community and visitors from all over the world.
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Bird Trails – During School Holidays
Our Community Ranger-led Junior Ranger Club at Lunan Bay.
With the Global UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which is held in Glasgow, our priority is to continue educating children in Angus about the importance of nature through our Community Ranger-led Junior Ranger Club at Lunan Bay.
We are running this free family club every Sat from 12-2pm. Our Junior Ranger Club outdoor education classes is also available for Angus primary schools. We are also running a kids club over the Tattie holidays.