History of Angus and Dundee


Angus is a little known area of Scotland for many tourists, but with its fertile soil, pretty glens, a North Sea coastline and couthy villages there is much for the visitor to enjoy.  A traveller can find many evidences to support the fact that Angus is known as Scotland’s birthplace.  St Vigean’s museum in Arbroath, the standing stones at Aberlemno and Meigle Museum tell the story of the Picts, the blue painted people.

Dundee is a city of many discoveries.  It was once the financial centre of Scotland until the city was sacked by General Monck in 1649 in a campaign to crush the last of the Royalist support during the time of Oliver Cromwell in the Civil Wars.   It reinvented itself many times over in the next  few hundred years and even today there is a great resurgence of civic pride with thriving universities, a cultural centre including the fine Repertory Theatre and a Contemporary Arts Centre. In the centre of the town, the McManus Gallery is an impressive Gothic building with a spectacular Renaissance horseshoe staircase and includes a splendid collection of Scottish Art. The Scottish Jute Museum (Verdant Works), RRS Discovery and Frigate Unicorn are testimony to Dundee’s past.

What is perhaps less well known is Dundee has the finest seafront in Scotland, temperate weather, strong character and has one of the friendliest populations in the world – according to our many guests who are world travellers.

2016 and Dundee is changing again.  The waterfront area is being transformed.  The main feature is an outpost of the Victoria and Albert museum where the best of Scottish design – past and present –  will be housed in an iconic building designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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Roe Deer at Duntrune

Our neighbour has been out and about around our garden at Duntrune and has taken these action shots of roe deer. They make the daily journey from the hill behind us to the burn below on a daily basis. The hind is due to calf around May.

Angus Open Studios

Just taken delivery of the brochures for this year’s event.  It is going from strength to strength.  From 23 to 27 May artists in all media open their studios to the public. You can see the artists at work in water colour, acrylics, oils, ceramics, textiles, metal work, wood craft, jewellery, glass etc and have the opportunity to purchase your own unique pieces.  What a wealth of talent we have in Angus.  It must be something in the air or scenery that gives such inspiration.  By the way, it’s free!

See Angus Open Studios 2013 for list of artists and a map of how to find their studios.

Green Tourism

April 2013 – We are pleased to announce that Duntrune House has retained its Gold Award for sustainabilty and environmental awareness.