A Day Out in Forfar

First Stop – Restenneth Priory

Kick off your day with a visit to the historical Restenneth Priory just outside of Forfar. This is the site of an ancient church, where Robert the Bruce buried his young don in the 1300’s. Located next to the priory you’ll find Angus Archives, a treasure trove of local history from the last 800 years.

Pop in for a visit and a chat with the friendly staff who have a wealth of knowledge about the area and maybe look at some of the extensive photo collections. This is also the perfect place to research your family history, if you have ancestors from Angus.

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Restenneth Priory
Site of an ancient church, where Robert the Bruce buried his young son
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Angus Archives
Learn all about the history of Angus

Second Stop – Murton Trust

Next stop – nature! Head along to Murton Farm and Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Forfar. Enjoy a walk around the extensive reserve, home to a number of lochs, wetlands, birds and wildfowl. There’s a play area for the little ones with pedal toys and adventure trails and don’t forget to say hello to the friendly animals also on the reserve, including Kune Kune pigs Dennis and Gnasher.

Grab some lunch in the tearoom before you leave – there’s a great range of home cooking and baking to choose from including daily specials.

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Murton Trust
Nature reserve and tearoom with animals and play area

Third Stop – Forfar Indoor Sports

Time for something a bit different at Forfar Indoor Sports. Here you can try your hand at curling, bowling (not the 10 pin variety!) and ice skating. Coaching sessions are available to book. During the summer months, roller skating is available too. There’s a café here as well in case you work up a thirst. Next door is Frosty’s Fun House – soft play fun for little ones.

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For something a bit more relaxing, don’t miss a visit to the stunning Glamis Castle. Childhood home of the Queen Mother, and legendary setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this castle has over 1000 years of history. Take a tour with one of the fantastic guides to hear the amazing stories the castle has to tell.

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Forfar Indoor Sports
Try out curling, bowling and ice skating
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Frosty's Fun House
Soft play adventure for little ones
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Glamis Castle
Experience over 1000 years of history

Final Stop – Forfar Country Park

Finish off the day with a visit to Forfar Country Park. If you’re feeling up to it, there is a beautiful circular walk around the loch. The walk is suitable for all abilities and there are regular shelters all round for a bit of wildlife spotting. There’s a playpark here too, perfect for some quality family time.

Head into the town centre after where you’ll find a great choice of restaurants for dinner.

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Forfar Loch Country Park
Discover great walking opportunities round the stunning loch

Other things to do…

  • Angus Farmers’ Market – stock up on delicious local produce from a range of stallholders at this indoor market on the 2nd Saturday of every month
  • Meffan Museum – explore the story of Forfar, including the tale of the Forfar witches

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Angus Farmers Market
Browse the stalls and stock up on local produce
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Meffan Museum
Explore the history of Forfar and its people

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.