The Angus Tour – Active Outdoor Experiences

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Coast and Waters
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Season

  • Spring
  • Summer

Highlights and Delights

Our diverse three-day itinerary has been created to help you discover the best active outdoor experiences Angus has to offer among some of the most spectacular locations in Scotland.

From paddleboarding, kayaking and golfing to boat trips and long walks in the Glens and along the coast, Angus offers many energetic and entertaining experiences, as well as some fantastic food and drink options.

Angus is the perfect destination if you want to create some special memories, stay active, and explore a special part of Scotland.

DAY 1 – ARBROATH

Welcome to Arbroath

Day 1 begins in Arbroath, a traditional 12th century fishing town famous for its historic medieval abbey, stunning coastline, fishing heritage, and the Arbroath Smokie.

Arbroath Abbey was founded by William the Lion in 1178. Today, it’s home to the Declaration of Arbroath in which Scotland’s nobility proclaimed their independence from England in around 1320.

Travel information

Situated on the A92, 17 miles north of Dundee and 55 miles south of Aberdeen, Arbroath is easy to reach by car or bus. Arbroath also has excellent rail connections and is on the main Aberdeen to London line. Keen cyclists will enjoy the magnificent coastal path that takes you from Dundee right into Arbroath town centre. Find out more about the cycle network.

Travelling around Arbroath is easy, whether by car, bicycle, public transport or on foot. There are charging points for electric vehicles throughout the town, including the harbour area. Download the Visit Angus app for convenient access to an interactive map of electric charging points on your iOS or Android phone.

  • Cliff Tours
  • Lunch
  • Bell Rock
  • Dinner

Location 1: Arbroath Cliff Tours

Start your first day in Angus with an unforgettable kayak tour of the Arbroath cliffs. This tour of Arbroath’s incredible coastline features breathtaking natural sea caves, secret coves, spectacular blowholes, dramatic rock formations, and even the potential to spot bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises or a minke whale.

From your unique vantage point in the kayak, you will see stunning red sandstone formations like the ‘Deil’s Heid’, a stack that appears to have a distinctive and menacing face. You will also see natural arches like the Needle E’e and many types of caves.

Some of the caves here have a mesmerising emerald green glow when the sun shines into the cave at just the right angle. This only happens in the caves where there is sand on the seabed, and it is breathtaking every single time. Another cave is 400ft long and has impressive Stalactites on the ceiling, as well as its own sandy beach at one end.

The company responsible for running the tours, Arbroath Cliff Tours, also offers guided wild swimming for those brave enough to take the plunge. Whichever option you choose, it will be an Angus adventure you’ll never forget.

Your tour guide, Cameron, is fully qualified, having completed SLSGB Surf Lifeguard training with the RNLI. You can enquire and book through the Arbroath Cliff Tours Facebook page. The tours are weather dependent and will only go ahead if the sea conditions are safe.

If conditions are poor or a kayak tour isn’t right for you, then you can walk the Arbroath Cliff Trail to explore the coastline instead. You will still encounter many of the red sandstone formations and enjoy some stunning views from high up on the cliffs.

  • Location: Arbroath Cliffs Car Park, Arbroath, DD11 1AY
  • Opening times: Tours must be booked in advance
  • Accessibility: A good level of fitness is required so you can carry and manoeuvre the kayak, and you must be able to swim

Location 2: Lunch at Webmors Coffee Shop

Conveniently located in Arbroath’s town centre, Webmors Coffee Shop serves tasty light lunches in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Enjoy delicious homemade soups, home baking and freshly brewed coffee, as well as lunch options like their mini macaroni pots, sausage rolls, paninis, and sandwiches. Webmors also offers a popular afternoon tea.

Their tempting selection of home-baked delights changes regularly. You’ll find many sweet treats to choose from, such as millionaire Viennese whirls, carrot cake and sticky toffee sponge cake.

The food is prepared using fresh, locally-sourced produce. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are usually available.

Webmors is known for its helpful and friendly staff, good food and reasonable prices.

  • Location: 66 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW
  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and toilets are available.

Location 3: Bell Rock Lighthouse Boat Trip

The Bell Rock Lighthouse is Britain’s oldest surviving rock lighthouse and still stands today, warning ships away from the jagged Bell Rock, 11 miles offshore.

The lighthouse sits on a long and treacherous reef in the North Sea, guiding the vessels that sail to and from the Firths of Tay and Forth. It was considered a significant engineering feat in the early 19th century. The story of its construction (which could only happen during low tide) is a remarkable tale of engineering ingenuity and bravery.

You can book a sightseeing boat trip to the lighthouse for a group of eight people by contacting Inchcape Marine Services. Boat trips will be dependent on tides and weather conditions and must be pre-arranged by phoning 07752 470621.

The boat will take you close to the impressive Bell Rock Lighthouse (around 50-100 yards, depending on the tide). Look out for gannets, puffins, and seals resting on the rocks by the lighthouse. As the tour continues to Auchmithie and then along the coastline back to Arbroath, you will see other species of coastal birds. You may even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or whale while sailing along.

After your tour, visit the Signal Tower Museum next to the harbour to hear the intriguing story of Arbroath’s fishing and maritime industries using fascinating multimedia displays and historical objects. You can also climb the dramatic spiral staircase and visit the tower room (Saturdays only).

  • Location: Arbroath Harbour, DD11 1PU
  • Museum opening times: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm
  • Boat tours: By appointment only and weather-dependant
  • Cost: £25 per person (minimum group of 8 people required)
  • Accessibility: Partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility. Accessible parking available.
Bell Rock

Location 4: Dinner at Andreou’s Bistro

Located on Arbroath’s High Street, this popular bistro offers authentic Greek and Mediterranean food in a comfortable, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu at Andreou’s offers a great choice of tasty, fresh, homemade dishes that are full of flavour and local produce. Their fish, vegetables, and meat are all sourced from within a ten-mile radius of the restaurant. Try the pasture-fed Lunan Bay goat meat in a delicious goat curry or the fine harissa falafel burger with a tangy tomato and chilli sauce.

Whichever option you pick from the exciting menu, you’ll experience their passion for cooking Greek food and desire to bring some of the best experiences from Cypriot dining to Angus.

People recommend Andreou’s Bistro not only for the quality of food and wine but also for the high standard of service, so your experience here should be the perfect way to end the day.

  • Location: 57 High St, Arbroath, DD11 1AN
  • Opening times:
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 5pm to 9pm
    Thursday: 12pm to 9pm
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm
    Sunday: 12pm to 8pm
  • Accessibility: Disabled access
Andreous’ Bistro, Arbroath

DAY 2 – MONTROSE

Welcome to Montrose

Visit Montrose on Day 2, a coastal town that sits on the edge of a nature reserve, a haven for wildfowl and wading birds that you can study at the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre. Montrose boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.

Travel information

Travelling to Montrose from Arbroath takes around 20 minutes by car or bus following the A92 through the picturesque Angus countryside. Montrose can be reached from the main A90 dual carriageway by car in around 20 minutes.

There are six locations around the town with charging points for electric vehicles.

  • Paddleboarding
  • Lunch
  • Lunan Bay
  • Dinner

Location 1: Paddleboarding with Sup2Summit

Day 2 starts with an unforgettable outdoor activity at the spectacular Montrose Basin. Sup2Summit offer a range of outdoor activities for everyone, young and old. Their most popular activity is Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP).

SUP involves simply standing up on a board and paddling to propel yourself through the water. The paddle boards are large stable platforms, making them user-friendly and safe for all ages and abilities. This unique experience, set in such stunning natural surroundings, will leave everyone feeling invigorated and smiling from ear to ear. You may even get to paddle with a friendly seal.

Paddleboarding has a minimum age of 8 years, and all under 18 year olds must be accompanied on the activity by a parent or legal guardian. Non-swimmers are welcome – buoyancy aids are provided for every lesson.

The Sup2Summit staff have an excellent reputation for being helpful, patient and encouraging. It’s the perfect environment for learning how to paddle board. They offer other fun activities throughout Angus, including a bushcraft experience at nearby Lunan and a fantastic rock climbing experience at Kirriemuir.

Most activities, including paddleboarding, are available all year round but are weather dependent. Advance booking using their website is recommended. The team provides all the equipment you need, aside from swimwear, wet shoes and a towel.

  • Location: Montrose Basin and Wildlife Reserve, Rossie Braes, A92, Montrose, DD10 9TA
  • Opening times: Times vary and must be booked in advanced
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets
Montrose Basin

Location 2: Lunch at Links Hotel

Links Hotel was built in the 1800s for the owners of a local mill, the Paton family. Today, the hotel’s coffee shop serves delicious lunch options made using local ingredients. Meals are also available in the hotel’s restaurant throughout the day.

Enjoy traditional lunch favourites like sandwiches, paninis, omelettes and homemade soup. Coffee, cakes, pastries, and light snacks are also available. The menu includes a fantastic choice of sundaes, including hot fudge banana split and rainbow glory.

The hotel is situated on the historic Montrose Mid Links – a quiet location only a few minutes away from the town centre.

  • Location: Mid Links, Montrose, DD10 8RL
  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday – 10:00am to 4.30pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking and toilets are available.

Location 3: Lunan Bay

Lunan Bay has attracted many visitors throughout the ages, from Viking armies in the 10th century to generations of holidaymakers. Its stunning, east-facing beach is a beautiful place to get away from it all and soak up the impressive Angus coastal scenery.

There is plenty to do here, with sand dunes, cliffs, and caves to explore, as well as a two-mile stretch of broad sandy beach for a memorable walk among the breathtaking scenery.

Look out for local wildlife, including nesting puffins, gannets, grey shrikes, scoters (black sea ducks) and even hoopoes. Bottlenose dolphins and an occasional harbour porpoise can also be seen in the bay. Traditional fishing still takes place here – you may see fishing nets strung from poles on the beach to trap fish in the falling tide.

The bay has a reputation for being a good source of agates and other gemstones that glimmer in the sunlight. The easiest way to find the gemstones is to look in the areas of tiny pebbles among the sand after a storm.

The beach is overlooked by sand dunes and the remains of a Medieval castle. The ruins of Lunan Bay Red Castle date from the 12th century. The castle was originally built for King William (the Lion) of Scotland to defend against Viking invaders.

The car park for the beach is located on the north side of Lunan Bay, accessible via Lunan Farms. This car park gets busy during the summer months and it’s advised to check the Lunan Bay Communities Partnership Facebook page before travelling.

The Lunan Bay Communities Partnership was established in 2020 by Lunan Bay residents and businesses to preserve and improve the area’s natural, historic, built and human environments. As well as providing updates on the car park, they also provide up-to-date information about activities and events at Lunan Bay.

  • Location: Lunan Bay, Lunan, near Inverkeilor
  • Opening times: Open all year round
  • Accessibility: Disabled access from the car park via a boardwalk to a viewing platform overlooking the beach. Terrain is generally not suitable for wheelchairs. No public toilet facilities.
Lunan Bay beach, Angus

Location 4: Dinner at Gordon’s

Gordon’s is a family-run restaurant founded over 30 years ago in April 1986. It’s situated in Inverkeilor village, roughly halfway between Arbroath and Montrose.

The perfect place for dinner after an active day outdoors, this hidden gem offers an unforgettable fine dining experience in elegant surroundings. Gordon’s high standards over the years have earned them 3 AA rosettes.

Enjoy exquisite, lovingly-prepared dishes like broth of Arbroath Smokie, rib cap of Aberdeen Angus beef, and duck. The restaurant uses fresh seasonal produce that is sourced locally whenever possible. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

Gordon’s is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and the care, skill, and passion the chef puts into each dish. As well as their range of handpicked wines, you can also enjoy a great choice of wine, port, brandy, and gin, including some exceptional vintages.

Gordon’s also operates as a hotel if you wish to stay overnight and further explore the area’s countryside and beaches.

  • Location: Main Road, Inverkeilor, DD11 5RN
  • Opening times (booking recommended): Wednesday to Sunday, from 7pm (last orders 8:30pm)
  • Accessibility: Restaurant has facilities for disabled visitors
Gordon's Restaurant with Rooms, Inverkeilor, Arbroath

DAY 3 – CARNOUSTIE AND MONIFIETH

Welcome to Carnoustie and Monifieth

Day 3 starts in the Carnoustie and Monifieth area. This charming coastal area offers much to see and do, including some unique outdoor experiences. The area has beautiful country parks to explore, an exceptional country resort, and many long beaches.

Between them, Monifieth and Carnoustie have five stunning golf courses, one of which is an Open qualifying course.

Travel information

Monifieth is situated just off the A92 and is 25 minutes drive from the main A90 dual carriageway. The town is only 10 minutes away from neighbouring Carnoustie by car or bus and around 20 minutes from Arbroath further north along the coast. A pleasant cycle path along the coast offers a smooth and safe path between the towns.

The towns are on the main coastal railway line which connects them with Arbroath and Montrose. There are multiple locations with charging points for electric vehicles within both towns.

  • Monikie Park
  • Lunch
  • Carnoustie or Kingennie
  • Dinner

Location 1: Watersports at Monikie Country Park

Open from April to October, the watersports centre at Monikie Country Park offers a wide range of exciting activities, including windsurfing, rafting, dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing.

There is something for all ages and abilities here. The centre offers individual instruction and taster sessions that are a fantastic opportunity to try new skills, meet like-minded people and engage in outdoor physical activity.

You will also discover some beautiful walking trails around the Monikie’s two former reservoirs. The bird hides situated throughout the park offer opportunities to spot all kinds of wildlife.

  • Location: Panmure Road, Monikie, DD5 3QN
  • Opening times: The park is open all year round. Watersports activities are available from April to October.
  • Entry: £3.00 for car park access. Activities costs vary and should be pre-booked on the Angus Alive website.
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking and toilets available. Unpaved and uneven terrain in some areas.
Monikie Country Park

Location 2: Lunch at Cafe Byzantium

Take a break from all that activity at the park’s restaurant, Byzantium Café, where you can enjoy excellent food, drinks and delicious ice cream. This delightful family-run restaurant is located in the heart of Monikie Country Park and serves high-quality, home-cooked Mediterranean and classic dishes in a relaxed environment.

Their family-friendly lunch options include tasty pizzas, burgers, and smaller options like their mezze pot and soup of the day. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. There is also a great takeaway menu if you want to enjoy a picnic in the park.

  • Location: Monikie Country Park
  • Opening times:
    Friday to Saturday, 12pm to 9pm
    Sunday, 12pm to 7pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with nearby accessible toilets

Location 3: Carnoustie Golf Links or Forbes of Kingennie

Carnoustie Golf Links

For an afternoon of golf in a beautiful setting, look no further than Carnoustie Golf Links. There are three courses here but the Championship Course is the ultimate test of links golf, featuring the toughest closing stretch of golf holes anywhere.

Established in 1842, this course has hosted The Open on eight occasions, most recently the 147th Open in July 2018. It has also hosted the Ricoh British Women’s Open, two Senior Open Championships and is one of the three courses used for the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

You should book in advance to play on any of the courses. Junior (14 to 18 year olds) and juvenile (13 years old and younger) players are welcome. Children, families and beginners can play on The Nestie, a short, five-hole course that’s free to play and open to everyone.

If your game is rained off or you fancy something a bit different, head to Links House, a new world-class facility where you can enjoy a unique, state-of-the-art indoor golf experience. The seven Foresight simulator bays in the building’s Carnoustie Performance Centre allow golfers of all abilities to enjoy their golf in comfortable and relaxed surroundings. You can book a 60 or 120 minute session in advance.

Remain in Links House to enjoy dinner at The Rookery restaurant or move on to Forbes of Kingennie for dinner and a walk there.

  • ​​Location: Links House, Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE
  • Entry: See website for prices
  • Opening times:
    Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm
    Friday and Saturday, 8am to 10pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access with accessible parking and toilets

Forbes of Kingennie

Just five minutes drive from Monifieth, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort has everything you need for a memorable afternoon full of outdoor activities. There is golf, fishing, walking, a play park and even a maze.

The nine-hole Kingennie golf course was designed by renowned Scottish golf course architect Graeme Webster. Facilities here include a driving range with two covered bays and an incorporated practice bunker area. And their impressive putting green has been designed to emulate the Cairngorms Mountain Range.

Forbes of Kingennie offers fishing for rainbow, blue, and brown trout, as well as bait and fly-fishing on their five well-stocked pools year-round. They also have coarse fishing on their Blawearie Basin pool, which holds a variety of perch over 3lb and roach over 2lb.

You can also learn fly fishing here, thanks to some expert tuition from their instructors. They cater for fishing enthusiasts of all types, male or female, young or old, very experienced to total novice. Most fishing tuition sessions end with a trout for the table.

The two-mile walk around the resort’s impressive grounds takes you alongside the golf course and fishing ponds. The walk has a slight incline but offers striking views over Dundee and the Angus countryside, so it’s worth the climb.

Remain at the resort to enjoy dinner at the Scullery Restaurant. The restaurant serves freshly-made food using local ingredients, including produce from the family farm next door.

Dinner at The Scullery Restaurant means tasty, hearty food and stunning waterside views overlooking the fishing ponds. And, if it’s a pleasant evening, you can take a seat on The Waterside veranda for some al fresco dining.

There are options to suit all tastes here, from something special like the Gressingham duck breast or pan-fried hake to dinner classics like their surf and turf mixed grill. The children’s menu has a great selection of tasty main courses and exciting desserts. There are vegan and vegetarian options available too.

Forbes of Kingennie is an ideal base for exploring Monifieth and the surrounding area, offering luxury self-catering experiences in a peaceful setting. Stay in a self-catering lodge in lush woodland or along the waterside. To make your adventure even more memorable, try one of their glamping experiences that include ‘The Stargazer’, a traditional shepherd’s hut with a star-gazing window above the bed.

  • Location: Forbes of Kingennie Drive, Dundee, DD5 3RD
  • Opening times: Open daily
    Dinner service: 5pm to 8:30pm
  • Accessibility: Walks around the grounds are partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility. Accessible parking and toilets. Level access into the restaurant.
Carnoustie Championship Golf Course

Location 4: Dinner at The Rookery

Based within Links House, The Rookery is the perfect location for an enjoyable dinner with stunning views of the golf course. This family-friendly restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxing eating space with excellent service and food to match.

The extensive dinner menu offers a superb selection of dishes, including local favourites like Angus-bred pork loin, pan-seared sea bass and Scotch sirloin steak. There are several fantastic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, including the butternut squash ravioli.

If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you can enjoy something from the Sunday Roast menu that includes their famous roast beef dish. All of the dishes here are locally sourced using seasonal ingredients.

  • ​​Location: Links House, Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 7am to 11pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access with accessible parking and toilets
The Rookery

Accommodation

Angus offers a broad choice of places to stay during your visit, from traditional cottages and coach houses to comfortable hotels in convenient locations.

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