An Autumn Day Out in Arbroath

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  • Food and Drink Experiences
  • Heritage Attractions

Highlights and Delights

Experience an autumn day out in Arbroath including stops at the historic Arbroath Abbey and Hospitalfield and enjoy the great outdoors at West Links Park and Keptie Pond.

  • An Autumn Day Out in Arbroath

    • Arbroath Abbey
    • Time for Lunch
    • Hospitalfield
    • Great Outdoors

    Location 1: Arbroath Abbey

    What better way to start your day in Arbroath than with a visit to Arbroath Abbey. These historical ruins have many stories to tell. This was a monastery for 400 years, and where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.

    Listen to your voice in the sacristy which has one of the longest echoes in the country, see the ‘Round O’ circular window which was once used to guide mariners home and admire the marble effigy of William the Lion, founder of the abbey.

    Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 4pm where you can view their brand new exhibition. The grounds are currently closed to visitors while high-level conservation works take place.

    Arbroath Abbey

    Lunch Stop

    Arbroath has lots of great places to eat, many of which offer Arbroath Smokies for a truly unique and local dining experience.

    The Arbroath Smokie is a local delicacy of haddock smoked over hardwood. Smokies are hugely versatile and can be eaten in lots of different ways. You’ll only find an Arbroath Smokie in Arbroath, so don’t miss the opportunity to try one.

    Find out more about the Arbroath Smokie in the new Arbroath Smokie Trail which includes five key destinations to explore along with mini podcasts to download.

    Arbroath Smokie

    Location 2: Hospitalfield

    Hospitalfield is a stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house, left in trust in 1890 to support artists. Don’t miss a visit here to see the distinctive double Walled Garden at Hospitalfield, recently redesigned by garden designer Nigel Dunnett, along with the only surviving Fernery on the east coast of Scotland – one of only four buildings of this type in Scotland.

    Hospitalfield also has a brand new Garden Café that commands a wonderful view of the gardens and a menu which changes daily.

    The Gardens, Fernery and Garden Cafe are open Thursday to Sunday and there are regular tours of the house and gardens along with a programme of events – check the website to see what’s on when planning your visit.

    Hospitalfield House

    Location 3: West Links or Keptie Pond

    If you are visiting with little ones, don’t miss a visit to the West Links fun park. Children of all ages will have endless fun playing in the adventure playpark.

    Alternatively, why not end your day with a gentle stroll around Keptie Pond. Enjoy the nature, see what wildlife you can spot and take a load off and enjoy a seat on the oversized red bench, situated at the pond as part of the Big Bench Community Project.

    For more things to see and do in Arbroath, see the website.

    Arbroath West Links

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.