Add Angus to your bucket list. Situated on the east coast of Scotland, Angus is the perfect place for a rural escape from the tranquil hills and glens to the stunning coast.
With so much to see and do, a huge variety of accommodation, events and festivals throughout the year and delicious local food and drink to enjoy, there’s something for everyone in Angus, making it the perfect holiday destination. It’s easy to get here too, with excellent road, rail and air links.
Here are 22 reasons you should Visit Angus in 2022.
Image: Loch Brandy, Glen Clova
1. Design your own Angus adventure with The Angus Tour. Browse the suggested itineraries based around the outdoors, heritage and food and drink, or pick and mix to create your own.
2. Hop aboard a steam or diesel train at Caledonian Railway. This award-winning heritage railway operates trains through the beautiful countryside between the town of Brechin and the Bridge of Dun.
3. Put on your walking boots and explore the stunning Angus Glens. Enjoy miles of twisting routes, perfect for walking and hiking, admire the stunning views and watch out for wildlife along the way.
4. Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Follow in the footsteps of those such as Mary Queen of Scots on a tour of the castle, and don’t miss visiting the spectacular castle gardens.
5. Experience life as a farmer on an award-winning farm tour with Newton Farm Tours. Get up close to the friendly animals, including cows, sheep, goats and alpacas, hear about the life of farming families and meet Timmy the vintage tractor.
Image: The Bothy Experience, Glamis
6. Step back in time on a guided tour of House of Dun, led by costumed characters. This stunning Georgian mansion house was designed by renowned architect William Adam and now houses the Angus Folk Collection in the newly completed Courtyard.
7. Explore the Bothy Beginnings and Bothy Tales rooms at The Bothy Experience in Glamis village to find out more about Scottish Bothies and the Gin Bothy. And don’t forget to sample some of their award-winning gin in the tasting room or Bothy Larder shop.
8. Discover three country parks, bursting with things to see and do – Forfar Loch, Monikie and Crombie. There are some fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities as well as a range of water sports at Monikie.
9. Explore our industrial heritage with a visit to Barry Mill, the largest water powered mill still in operation. Watch the wheel turning and the machinery moving, and get a glimpse into the tough working day of the miller.
10. See some amazing wildlife at Montrose Basin, home to thousands of birds and mammals. There are some great walks around the reserve, or pop into the visitor centre where you can use the viewing equipment provided for a closer look.
Image: Arbroath Abbey
11. Visit the newly refurbished Visitor Centre at Arbroath Abbey to see an exhibition of historical artefacts and audio-visual displays telling the story of the Declaration of Arbroath which was signed at the abbey in 1320.
12. Angus is home to fantastic food and drink, including the world-famous Arbroath Smokie and the iconic Forfar Bridie. Pick up some outstanding local produce at the monthly Farmers’ Markets which take place throughout Angus, or visit our local retailers and farm shops.
15. Be entertained with a packed programme of events at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath. There’s something for everyone, with everything from comedy and dance to tribute acts and musicals.
Image: Arbroath Cliff Tours
16. Visit Hospitalfield, a stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house in Arbroath. The distinctive double Walled Garden has been recently redesigned and here you can also see the only surviving Fernery on the east coast of Scotland and enjoy a bite to eat in the Garden Cafe.
17. Take a kayak tour of the incredible cave network with Arbroath Cliff Tours. Explore sea caves and find secret underground beaches, ancient stalactites and caverns full of sealife.
18. Sample a delicious Arbroath Smokie, a delicious local delicacy of haddock smoked over hardwood using a process unique to this region. Follow the Arbroath Smokie Trail to find out more about its history at five key destinations.
19. Visit Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, site of the first operational military air station in the UK, where you can see their collection of memorabilia and aircraft which tell the story of the airfield’s history and the men and women who served there.
20. Play a variety of stunning inland and challenging links courses in Angus, including Montrose 1562, the 5th oldest golf course in the world, and Forfar, a stunning heathland course, designed by Old Tom Morris in 1871.
Image: Kirriemuir Camera Obscura
21. Gifted to the town by Sir JM Barrie, Camera Obscura on Kirriemuir Hill is one of only three in Scotland. Don’t miss a visit here to see the camera in action and marvel at the incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
22. Download the free Visit Angus app to help plan your trip, with 80 different locations featured across 8 different trails and 40 geo-fenced interactive experiences including games and augmented reality.
For more great ideas, check out the things to see and do section on our website. We also have lots of fantastic blogs and itineraries to give you inspiration for your visit to Angus. We hope to see you soon!