A Day Out in Kirriemuir

First Stop – Camera Obscura

Your first stop for today is the fabulous Camera Obscura, a unique attraction and one of only four in Scotland.

Housed in a cricket pavilion which was gifted to the town by author JM Barrie who was raised in Kirriemuir, the camera obscura uses historic technology to provide outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.

You can also hire a kite from here to fly outside the pavilion afterwards.

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Camera Obscura
Discover this unique attraction which provides outstanding views

Second Stop – Neverland Play Park

Right next to Camera Obscura is the delightful Peter Pan themed Neverland play park. Lots of fun for little ones (and big kids too)! There are climbing frames, a wooden pirate ship and a zip wire too.

There’s also some woodland here if you fancy a walk before lunch – you can take a picnic, or head into the town centre and take your pick of the cafes there.

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Neverland Play Park
Peter Pan themed play park with wooden pirate ship

Third Stop – Gateway to the Glens

Built as the town’s jail and courthouse, Gateway to the Glens has been a museum since 2001. Discover the story of Kirriemuir through the exhibits and displays here plus find out about the personalities of the town including Sir JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and Bon Scott, lead singer of band AC/DC.

Outside the museum you can see a statue of Peter Pan, and a short walk down the hill you’ll find a statue of Bon Scott. Perfect for a selfie!

If you’d like to find out more about JM Barrie you can visit his birthplace, a short walk away from the museum. The cottage in which he grew up is set out as it would have been when he lived there.

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Gateway to the Glens
Discover the story of Kirriemuir through exhibits and displays
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JM Barrie's Birthplace
Childhood home of JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan

Final Stop – Reekie Linn

Last stop of the day, and well worth saving till last, is Reekie Linn – a spectacular waterfall at Glen Isla. The waterfall is actually a combination of two separate falls. When in spate, the power of the water sends up a fine mist which gives the waterfall its name (reekie meaning smoky or misty, and linn meaning a deep or dark pool). Visit Glen Isla in spring or summer and you might even spot an osprey!

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Reekie Linn
A spectacular waterfall at Glen Isla

Other things to do…

  • Glamis Castle – take a tour of Glamis Castle, childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Loch of Kinnordy – go wildlife spotting at this RSPB nature reserve
  • Peel Farm – take a walk along the nature trail and enjoy some retail therapy in the courtyard gift shop and farm shop

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Glamis Castle
Childhood home of the Queen Mother
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Loch of Kinnordy
Stunning nature reserve, perfect for wildlife spotting
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Peel Farm
Enjoy a walk on the nature trail and browse the farm shop

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.