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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.