Attractions Trail

Discover some exciting and interesting outdoor and indoor attractions throughout Angus with the Attractions Trail – there’s something here for everyone.

From castles and costumed tours, to planes and trains, there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

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  • Follow the Attractions Trail

    • 1. Barry Mill
    • 2. Montrose Basin
    • 3. Montrose Playhouse
    • 4. Air Station
    • 5. House of Dun
    • 6. Caledonian Railway
    • 7. Barrie's Birthplace
    • 8. Glamis Castle
    • 9. Newton Farm

    This amazing water-powered mill produced oatmeal and animal feed, as well as providing work for local people, right up until 1982.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Barry Mill:

    • Discover the tough physical job of being a miller – sacking-up, hoisting and grinding the grains
    • Learn how common phrases such as ‘taking your turn’ came into everyday use
    • Find out how grain is milled into oatmeal through storage, drying, cleaning, milling and sieving
    • Take the way-marked walk beside the lade to the mill pond and see what wildlife you can spot – you might see otters, roe deer and kingfisher
    • Learn about simple engineering used in the mill including pulleys, levers and gears
    Barry Mill, Carnoustie

    This fantastic visitor centre overlooks Montrose Basin, home to over 80,000 migratory birds, and has lots of fun activities on offer.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre:

    • Explore the wildlife-themed kids corner
    • Watch birds and seals through binoculars and telescopes
    • Try your hand at a wildlife quiz
    • Play in the outdoor mud kitchen
    • Use the “Call a Curlew” telephone to listen to Scottish bird calls

    This great venue is home to a fabulous modern cinema with three screens showing the latest films, as well as a cafe bar and a programme of activities and events.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Montrose Playhouse:

    • Take a seat and watch a family friendly movie
    • Have fun at the Board Games Club on Mondays from 6 to 8pm
    • Enjoy £3 tickets at Kids Club on weekend mornings (children must be accompanied by an adult)
    • Have a tasty kids meal at The Reel Cafe Bar and do some colouring in while you wait
    • Take part in seasonal activities such as Easter egg hunts and the giving tree at Christmas time
    Montrose Playhouse Cinema seats

    This fascinating centre is on the site of Britain’s first operational military airfield and has lots of great exhibits to see.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:

    • See fantastic replica aircrafts including a Spitfire and Sopwith Camel
    • Find out the stories of the men and women who served on the airfield
    • See an exciting collection of photographs and memorabilia which tell the story of the airfield
    • Try on some of the uniforms that would have been worn by those in the Royal Air Force
    • See a range of exhibits throughout various buildings and hangers, including a pilots bedroom from 1940 and an Anderson Shelter
    Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

    This beautiful mansion house is full of history with lots to discover, and is surrounded by gardens and woodlands to explore.

    Top 5 things to see and do at House of Dun:

    • Step back in time and be shown round the house by costumed characters
    • See the clockwork spit in the kitchen which made work easier for the cook and her staff
    • Explore the Angus Folk Collection and learn about the important role of the horse and plough
    • Have a wander through the gardens and look out for red squirrels as you enjoy the woodland walks
    • See the servant’s bells used to call for assistance from throughout the house
    House of Dun

    This volunteer run railway operate steam and diesel carriages along a short track from Brechin to Bridge of Dun through stunning countryside.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Caledonian Railway:

    • Jump on board a steam or diesel train to Bridge of Dun
    • Hop off at Bridge of Dun, a former stopping place for Royal trains, and enjoy a countryside walk before travelling back to Brechin
    • Enjoy themed events taking place throughout the year including a Day Out with Thomas
    • See a fascinating collection of classic locomotives and coaches
    • Find out how the railway was used during the 19th century
    Caledonian Railway, Brechin

    Don’t miss a visit to this cottage where author JM Barrie, famous for writing the story of Peter Pan, was born on 9 May 1860.

    Top 5 things to see and do at JM Barrie’s Birthplace:

    • See the outdoor washhouse that was Barrie’s first theatre and also the inspiration for the ‘Wendy House’ built by the Lost Boys in the story of Peter Pan
    • Take a peek at the writing desk from Barrie’s London flat where he penned Peter Pan
    • Look out for original costumes from the first production of Peter Pan
    • See the box beds where Barrie and his siblings would have slept crowded together
    • Explore the jungle-themed garden, complete with sculpture of Tick Tock the crocodile
    JM Barries Birthplace, Kirriemuir

    This spectacular castle boasts 650 years of history and has been host to many famous visitors including Mary, Queen of Scots.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Glamis Castle:

    • Explore the numerous trees around the Castle and discover the butterflies in the Walled Garden
    • Discover history – take a self-guided tour and count the number of Lions in the Castle
    • Enjoy events throughout the year including the Summer Festival and Children’s Activity Day
    • Have a bite to eat from the kitchen menu and enjoy the garden kitchen on your plate
    • Get active in the playpark

    This award-winning working farm offers lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with friendly animals and find out about farming life.

    Top 5 things to see and do at Newton Farm:

    • Meet friendly animals including cows, sheep, goats and Lucy the micropig
    • See Timmy, the cherished vintage tractor, and get up close with Farmer Graemes’ big boy toys
    • Join in with interactive experiences taking place throughout the year including feeding frenzys and lambing specials
    • Find out what daily life is like on a Scottish farm and where your food comes from
    • Enjoy an alpaca walking experience