There is much to see and do in this beautiful area of Scotland. With Duntrune House having a rural setting just outside the City of Dundee, there is always something of interest, whatever the weather.
A trip by car up the Dundee Law, round which the city is built, rewards you with a breathtaking view over the Estuary of the River Tay to the Lomond Hills of Fife, the fertile Carse of Gowrie, and the Sidlaw Hills just hiding the glens of Angus – Clova, Isla, and Prosen. From here, you can also see the road and rail bridges spanning the Tay, RRS Discovery lying in dock and the nearby Frigate Unicorn.
In the city itself, you can visit RRS Discovery and find out how Scott and his team lived on their epic voyage to the Antarctic. The McManus Galleries contain exhibits of Dundee’s past and have a splendid display of paintings. Dundee Contemporary Arts building has many travelling exhibitions and several cinemas showing a variety of films. Dundee Repertory Theatre is nearby. There are many more discoveries to be made in this City of Discovery.
Looking out to the North Sea you will see the old fishing village of Broughty Ferry with its castle on a promontory, a large stretch of golden sands and now a bustling scene of boutique shops and mouth-watering cafes. Barnhill Rock garden is worth the walk along the beach where you may sometimes see dolphins at play.
Further along the coast, is Arbroath – home of that delicacy the “Smokie”, a fish to challenge the most sophisticated of foods especially when eaten straight from one of the many smokeries. Arbroath Abbey where the Declaration of Arbroath was made in 1320, securing Scotland’s independence from England is owned by Historic Scotland. Here too are Seaton Cliffs – a walker’s paradise for flora and fauna of the area.
A few miles northwards is Lunan Bay where you can thrill to the smell, sight and sounds of the North Sea breaking on the stunning beach. The little villages of Auchmithie, St Cyrus and Johnshaven have a charm of their own.
The Royal Burgh of Montrose is the most northerly coastal town of Angus. It is located at the mouth of a spectacular tidal lagoon, which is now an important wildlife sanctuary.
Nearby is House of Dun, once the home of the Angus poet Violet Jacob. Further inland the Angus glens provide good walking country with miles of breath taking views. Edzell Castle with its unusual walled garden is at the start of Glen Esk.
The little red toon of Kirriemuir, known as the Gateway to the Glens, is the birthplace of JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. This is just 5 miles from Glamis Castle, which overlooks the conservation village of Glamis where you can learn about old time rural life in the Angus Folk Museum.
Angus is known as Scotland’s birthplace, the last refuge of that ancient people the Picts. Although nothing is known of their language, evidence of their existence can be seen all over the county. St Vigeans Museum, near Arbroath, Standing stones at Aberlemno, and Meigle Museum holding many artefacts tell the story of their culture.
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