A Day Out in Kirriemuir

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  • Coast and Waters
  • Family Friendly
  • Heritage Attractions

Highlights and Delights

Kirriemuir, childhood home of Sir JM Barrie. Visit and become a Lost Boy at the Neverland Play Park, visit Barrie’s Birthplace and the Camera Obscura that he donated to the town.

  • A Day Out in Kirriemuir

    • Camera Obscura
    • Neverland Park
    • Gateway to the Glens
    • Reekie Linn

    Location 1: 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.

    Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

    Location 2: 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 places to eat there.

    Neverland Play Park, Kirriemuir

    Location 3: 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. 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.

    If you’d like to find out more about JM Barrie you can visit his birthplace, a short walk away from the museum.

    JM Barrie's Birthplace, Kirriemuir

    Location 4: 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!

    Reekie Linn

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.