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Angus & Dundee:  Accommodation

The city of Dundee, on the Firth of Tay, is Scotland's fourth largest and is known as 'Jute City' on account of the trade in jute that was imported into the port. That's all in the past, of course, and docks themselves have for the most part been 'reclaimed'. An exception to this is Discovery Point, home to the RSS Discovery, which took Captain Scott on his famous Antarctic expedition.

Further up the coast, Arbroath has its own fishing heritage and is home to the Arbroath 'smokie', an unmissable local delicacy. Away from the coast, and moving inland, there's a contrast in the landscape as the Angus glens give way to the Grampian Mountains to the west.
 

RSS Discovery, Dundee

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

The legendary setting to Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' and family home of the Earls of Strathmore. Guided tours, gardens, childrens play area, restaurant and shops.

Edzel Castle

Edzell, near Brechin. The castle dates from the early 16th century. The Garden was built for Sir David Lindsay, Lord Edzell, about 1604 and was recreated in the 1930s. The carved decoration of the garden walls is unique in Britain.

Old Steeple

Nethergate, Dundee. Scotland's highest surviving medieval tower gives superb views of the city and surrounds. Guided tours.

Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey

Where Scotland's nobles proposed the Declaration of Arbroath to take independance from England.

Barry Mill

Barry Mill was the last water-powered meal mill to work in Angus, producing oatmeal until the late 1970s and animal feed until 1982. That year damage to the mill lade resulted in the cessation of commercial operations. Now the original machinery is fully restored and turning again.

Claypotts Castle

Claypotts Castle

An outstanding example of 16th-century Scottish architecture, which is both intact and little altered. The castle was built by John Strachan between 1569 and 1588.

   
       

Museums and Galleries:

Brechin Museum

St Ninian's Square, Brechin. A small museum but rich in local history, archaeology and paintings telling the story of this ancient city. Free admission.

Montrose Museum & Art Gallery

Panmure Place, Montrose. Covering prehistory, Jacobites and the maritime background of the town. Also featuring exhibitions of art. Free admission.

McManus Galleries

Albert Square, Dundee. The Victorian gothic building houses a superb 19th and 20th century collection of Scottish art. Also local history and archaeological exhibits. Free admission.

Arbroath Museum

Ladyloan, Arbroath. The museum is housed in what is the impressive former shore station for the Bell Rock Lighthouse which is situated some 11 miles offshore. The museum seeks to tell the rich history of the area using sights, sounds and even smells.

Angus Folk Museum

Angus Folk Museum

Housing one of Scotland's finest folk collections, this museum presents a vivid insight into how the rural workforce used to live.

Arbroath Art Gallery

Above the library, Arbroath. Permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Broughty Ferry Castle Museum

Housed in a fifteenth century fort on the Tay estuary. Local history and a military gallery.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Nethergate, Dundee. Workshops, exhibitions and galleries.

Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Gray Street, Broughty Ferry. Contemporary paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery.

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

Forfar. Art exhibitions. Displays outlining the history of Forfar.

Montrose Air Station Museum

Montrose. Keeping alive the history of the wartime airbase.

       

Parks and Gardens:

Pitmuies Gardens

About 7 miles east of Forfar on the Arbroath road. Woodland, river and lochside walks. Walled gardens. Part of 18th century mansion house.

Montrose Basin

The Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre is one mile south of Montrose on the A92. Themed walks, guided tours and video presentations. Superb panorama, magnificent wildlife.

Camperdown Country Park

About 3 miles north west of Dundee city centre. Horse riding, tennis, childrens adventure playground. The park is also home to the Camperdown Wildlife Centre.

Monikie Country Park

Near Broughty Ferry. Angling, guided walks, birdwatching and water sports.

Brechin Castle Centre

Brechin. Walks, ornamental lake, 62 acre country park.

Forfar Loch Country Park

Near Forfar. Forfar Loch is set in this large area of parkland. Guided walks available.

   
       

Visitor Attractions:

Mills Observatory

Mills Observatory

Balgay Park, Dundee. Britain's only full-time public observatory.

Earth Houses

Ardestie & Carlungie Earth Houses are two examples of earth-houses attached to surface dwellings and date to the 1st century AD. Located on the A92 north west of Mains of Ardestie

Aberlemno Sculptured Stones

Aberlemno Stones

Six miles north east of Forfar on the B9134

Gannochy Bridge

A riverside walk north of Edzell village takes you to Gannochy Bridge and the Rocks of Solitude. Spectacular scenery.

JM Barrie's Birthplace

Kirriemuir. The upper floors are furnished as they may have been when Barrie lived there. The adjacent house, No 11, houses an exhibition about Barrie's literary and theatrical works. The outside wash-house is said to have been his first theatre. Audio programme.

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway

A visit to the Caledonian Railway between Brechin and Bridge of Dun is a wonderful day out for all the family, whatever the weather, with a wide variety of things to do and see. The unique Victorian terminus at Brechin has lots of period charm and atmosphere. Both stations have ample free parking and gift shops that also serve light refreshments.

Camera Obscura

Kirriemuir Hill, Kirriemuir. One of only three in the country and owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Enjoy the view.

RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery

Discovery Point, Dundee. Captain Scott's ship Discovery, launched in 1901, in which he sailed to Antarctica.

Sensation Dundee

RoboX

Sensation Dundee is the only UK science centre devoted to the five senses. With over 60 interactive exhibits it is the most fun you can have with your hands on. Sensation Dundee brings science to life. Whether you're 4 or 94 let your senses run wild at Sensation.

Pictavia Visitor Centre

Pictavia is set in the beautiful countryside park at Brechin Castle Centre. Discover the story of Scotland's ancient Pictish tribes, a warrior people who lived in Scotland nearly two thousand years ago.

House of Dun

House of Dun

Georgian house overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730. Family collection of portraits, furniture and porcelain. Miniature theatre display and video. Courtyard buildings include handloom weaving workshop.

Unicorn (HM Frigate)

His Majesty's Frigate UNICORN, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in Chatham dockyard, and she was launched in 1824. The classic sailing frigate was a fast and powerful warship, and was one of the most successful and charismatic ship designs of the age.

Verdant Works

A working jute mill in the heart of Dundee. Take a tour of the jute industry from its beginnings in India to the end product in all its forms. Discover why Dundee was once the world centre for the manufacture of jute and why the industry fell into decline. Original working machinery, computer displays and hands-on interactives.

     
       

Sport & Leisure:

Horse Riding

Balhall Riding Stables offers courses and instruction by the hour. Menmuit, by Brechin.
tel: 01356 660284

Cycling

Easy Ride Cycles: bike hire, parts, accessories, organised rides. Barns of Claverhouse, Dundee.
tel: 01382 505683

Sea Angling

Arbroath. Three or six hour trips in the MV Sea Fisher
tel: 01241 874181

Falconry

Glen Clova Hawking Centre, Clova Hotel near Kirriemuir. Hands on - no experience necessary.
tel: 01575 550350

Golf

Carnoustie golf course is the world-famous links and a challenging course for any golfer.

Multi-Activity

Highland Adventure Centre

Highland Adventure Centre in Glen Isla offering multi-activity breaks for groups and others. Group accommodation available.

   
       

Tours:

Scottish Cycling Holidays

Explore Dundee's cycle route, the Angus glens or the Fife coast. Short breaks and cycle hire.

Golf Scotland

Specialist tour operator organising all facilities, including tee times, accommodation, transport etc for golfing holidays in Scotland.
tel: 01382 522500

Tayside Hilltours

Guided walking holidays in the eastern Highlands. All abilities catered for. Accommodation arranged.
tel: 01307 465376

Macbeth Homespun Holidays

Specially tailored itineraries for the independent traveller sharing the comforts and facilities of homely Scottish B&B establishments.

       

Car Hire:

Kerr's Self Drive

Arbroath. Trucks, vans, cars and minibus for self drive. Personal friendly service.
tel: 01241 877990

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Dundee. Car and van rental, various sizes.
tel: 01382 666400

Avis

Dundee.
tel: 01382 832264

National Car Rental

Dundee.
tel: 01382 224037

       

Selected Accommodation in Angus and Dundee
 

Hotels

Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Carnoustie Links Hotel, Carnoustie
Castleton House Hotel, Glamis
Corner Hotel, Carnoustie
Links Hotel, Montrose
Queens Hotel, Dundee
Kinloch Arms Hotel, Carnoustie
The Fort Hotel, Broughty Ferry
Broughty Ferry Hotel, Broughty Ferry
Jolly's Hotel, Broughty Ferry
Fishermen's Tavern Hotel, Broughty Ferry

The Limes Guest House, Montrose
Abbey Guest House, Arbroath
Seaview Guest House, Carnoustie
Stonelee Guest House, Broughty Ferry

Ashley House, Broughty Ferry
Turin Farmhouse, Forfar
Five Gables Guest House, Arbroath
Muirhouses B&B, Kirriemuir
Inishowen Guest House, Arbroath
Chris Horsburgh's B&B, Forfar
Newton Farmhouse B&B, Forfar
Brucefield, Arbroath
The Roomies, Ferryden, Montrose
Negara, Edzell
The Old Fishing Station, St Cyrus
House of Mark, Glenesk
Church House, Kirriemuir
The Hermitage, Montrose
Gordon's Restaurant With Rooms, Arbroath
Guthrie B&B, Forfar
Ashlea Manor, Monifieth
One Strathview B&B, Forfar
Purgavie Farm B&B, Kirriemuir
Croftsmuir B&B, Arbroath

Self Catering

Caravans

Hostels/Bunkhouses

The Nestings, Arbroath
Green House, Montrose
Parker's Retreat, Brechin
Beach Cottage, Carnoustie
Kamba Cottage, Kirriemuir

 

 

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