An Autumn Day Out in Forfar

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  • Family Friendly
  • Heritage Attractions
  • Nature and Wildlife

Highlights and Delights

Enjoy an autumn day out in Forfar with an award winning farm tour, a delicious Forfar Bridie for lunch, a visit to the historic Restenneth Priory and an early evening walk.

  • An Autumn Day Out in Forfar

    • Newton Farm
    • Time for Lunch
    • Restenneth Priory
    • Great Outdoors

    Location 1: Newton Farm Tours

    Start off your day with a fantastic farm tour at Newton Farm.

    This is a truly unique opportunity to find out what daily life is like on a Scottish farm throughout the seasons. This bespoke tour involves meeting friendly animals including cows, sheep, goats, alpacas & Lucy the micropig and also gives you the chance to hear the farming families’ story and learn where your food comes from.

    Farm Tours are available most days but must be pre-booked. Visit the website to book.

    Newton Farm Tours

    Lunch Stop

    You can’t visit Forfar without trying the Forfar Bridie!

    Forfar Bridie are meat and onion pasties which been produced in the historic market town of Forfar since the 19th century. Try one for yourself at local bakers Saddlers and McLaren’s.

    Forfar Bridies  SS

    Location 2: Restenneth Priory

    Pay a visit to the historical Restenneth Priory just outside of Forfar. This is the site of an ancient church, where Robert the Bruce buried his young don in the 1300’s.

    Restenneth Priory appears to have been founded in the early 1100s, although it is not known by whom. Alexander I is said to have transferred the annals of Iona to the church here.

    Restenneth Priory

    Location 3: Forfar Loch or Balmashanner

    Round off your day with a walk around Forfar Loch. The 2.5 mile path around the loch is suitable for all abilities and you might spot some wildlife including kingfisher, otter, fox and roe deer.

    If you’re up for more of a challenge, take a walk up Balmshanner Hill to the Balmashanner Memorial. It’s well worth the effort for the views from the top! The monument on the hill was built in 1920/1 in memorial of the men in Forfar and District who fell in the Great War.

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

    Balmashanner War Memorial, Forfar

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.