A Day Out in Arbroath

First Stop – Arbroath Abbey 

What better way to start your day in Arbroath than with a visit to Arbroath Abbey. These historical ruins have many stories to tell. This was a monastery for 400 years, and where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.

Listen to your voice in the sacristy which has one of the longest echoes in the country, see the ‘Round O’ circular window which was once used to guide mariners home and admire the marble effigy of William the Lion, founder of the abbey.

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Arbroath Abbey
Setting for the signing of the famous Declaration of Arbroath

Second Stop – Hospitalfield House

The stunning Hospitalfield House was built in 1260 as a hospital for the Benedictine monks of nearby Arbroath Abbey and was later bought and restored by Reverend James Fraser before being left in trust to support artists and art education.

Enjoy a guided tour of this historical house and grounds and hear more about its fascinating history.

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Hospitalfield House
Stunning arts & crafts Scottish Baronial house

Time for lunch!

Arbroath has lots of great places to eat, many of which offer Arbroath Smokies for a truly unique and local dining experience. The Arbroath Smokie is a local delicacy of haddock smoked over hardwood. Smokies are hugely versatile and can be eaten in lots of different ways. You’ll only find an Arbroath Smokie in Arbroath, so don’t miss the opportunity to try one.

Final Stop – Bell Rock Lighthouse

Why not get out on the water and enjoy a boat trip from Arbroath Harbour. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Arbroath cliffs, admire the Bell Rock lighthouse or try your hand at fishing. There are a number of boat trip operators in Arbroath and they can provide rods and bait for use during your trip.

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Alternatively, you could enjoy a walk to nearby Auchmithie. This clifftop walk will take you through some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Angus. Halfway to Auchmithie you’ll find Carlingheugh Bay, a sandy beach with some unique rock formations and caves to explore. Auchmithie has a shingle beach and you can also see the remains of its harbour, once used by fisher folk.

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Arbroath Harbour
A picturesque harbour, nearby to the town centre
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Arbroath Cliffs
Breathtaking cliffs on the coast of Arbroath
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Bell Rock Lighthouse
19th century sea-washed lighthouse

Other things to do…

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St Vigean's Museum
Magnificent collection of Pictish stones
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West Links
A world of fun with lots of great activities.
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Signal Tower Museum
Discover the fascinating maritime heritage of Arbroath

Travel Information

Arbroath has excellent rail connections and is on the main Aberdeen to London line.

There is a regular bus service to Arbroath from around Angus and Dundee. Arbroath is also on the Stagecoach bus route from Aberdeen to London.

Situated on the A92, 17 miles north of Dundee, Arbroath is easy to drive to, with ample, signposted parking in the harbour area and at West Links Park.

There is a very popular cycle route between Arbroath and Dundee.