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Auchmithie is a former fishing village in Angus, Scotland, three miles north east of the town of Arbroath.[1] It sits atop a cliff of red sandstone conglomerate of Devonian date, approximately 120 feet above a shingle beach. Among the pebbles on the beach, derived from those weathered out of the cliffs (themselves derived from pebbles deposited by a massive ancient river-delta), a significant percentage are jasper, predominantly dark red, with rarer examples green or yellow.

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Auchmithie, viewed from the beach
Auchmithie is located in Angus
Auchmithie shown within Angus
Population 183 
OS grid reference NO680443
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARBROATH
Postcode district DD11
Dialling code 01241
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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56°35′22″N 2°31′22″W / 56.589517°N 2.522639°W / 56.589517; -2.522639Coordinates: 56°35′22″N 2°31′22″W / 56.589517°N 2.522639°W / 56.589517; -2.522639

In the dilapidated harbour, built in 1891, there are still some small fishing boats.

The Arbroath Smokie (haddock hot smoked in a particular way) originated in Auchmithie.

Sir Walter Scott stayed in the Waverley Hotel in Auchmithie and described Auchmithie in his novel The Antiquary (1816), under the name 'Musslecrag'.



  1. ^ "Dundee and Montrose, Forfar and Arbroath", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (B2 ed.), 2007, ISBN 0-319-22980-7 

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