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Living in Carnoustie: The local area guide

The small town of Carnoustie lies between Dundee and Arbroath along the Angus coast of Scotland. The town’s renowned championship golf course is its defining feature, but watersports, including windsurfing, canoeing and sailing, are also popular in the shallow waters of the town’s large bay.

Founded in the late 1700s, the town grew dramatically as a local textile producer throughout the next century. Because of its idyllic seaside setting, it was also a popular tourist resort through to the late 20th century.

Today, the town is a vibrant community centred around its attraction to golf enthusiasts. The renowned Carnoustie Golf Course is a challenging, but highly enjoyable course for golfers of all levels. Extending from the coast, the charming town is nestled in a wide expanse of classic, rustic Scottish countryside and offers a range of middle to high-end properties.

A further draw of Carnoustie is its proximity to locales such as Dundee and Perth. The attractive transport links and amenities further aid the town’s image as a prime spot to invest in a gorgeous detached or semi-detached property.


Carnoustie is classified as a small town and has over 11,000 residents. The town is home to a much older demographic than Scotland at large, with roughly 49% of residents being over the age of 45. A large proportion of residents are also retired.

Home ownership in Carnoustie is high – with many residents owning outright or with a mortgage. A commuter community also exists in the town due to the major locales, such as Dundee, that are nearby. Commuters typically have professional occupations and tend to commute to work via car.

In the summer months, the town sees an influx of tourists who come to relax in the shallow waters and enjoy the delights of a traditional seaside town. In this sense, Carnoustie is ideal for those seeking a holiday home.


Parents will be delighted to know that Carnoustie benefits from an excellent selection of local primary schools, including Carlogie Primary, which was founded in the mid-1970s and underwent extensive renovation to its buildings and grounds in 2008. Other schools in the town include Woodlands Primary School on Queens Street and Burnside Primary on Thomas Street.

There are also plenty of good secondary schools in the area, including Carnoustie High School, Arbroath High School and Angus College. Just over 20 miles away in the cities of Perth and Dundee are several options for reputable higher learning institutions and faith-based schools.


Carnoustie has excellent transport links, with the A92 roughly 3 miles to the north of town. This runs between Arbroath and Dundee and is very convenient for commuters, particularly those going to Dundee.

Carnoustie lies along an efficient and extensive rail network, with Abellio-operated trains that stop hourly at Carnoustie Station and two trains daily at Golf Street Station (in the town) and Barry Links (in nearby Barry).

An excellent bus network also serves the area. Regular Stagecoach buses travel between Arbroath and Dundee along the A930, and there are also services to Easthaven.

Amenities and shopping

Carnoustie is an ideal base nestled on Scotland’s dramatic and beautiful east coastline, made especially perfect thanks to its little shops, pubs, inns and sailing clubs. Inland, the natural beauty of the countryside, old castles such as Claypotts and historic religious buildings, such as the medieval Arbroath Abbey, are within easy reach and waiting to be explored.

The region’s plentiful restaurants and picturesque pubs provide excellent dining opportunities. Local antique, arts and crafts shops add to the area’s unique charm and proud culture.

Fishing, watersports and of, course, golf are well-resourced by the area’s amenities, and golf enthusiasts will take particular pleasure in the annual summer Open Golf Championship, held during Gala Week.

In the immediate town, dining options are extensive. There are a number of restaurants and hotels, which offer both Scottish and Continental cuisine, often sourced from the local areas, and sure to please any palate.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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