The Angus Tour – Discover the People who Shaped Our History

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Heritage Attractions
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Season

  • Autumn
  • Winter

Highlights and Delights

This exciting and diverse three-day itinerary will help you discover the best historical and cultural experiences Angus has to offer. From exploring Kirriemuir, birthplace of Peter Pan author Sir JM Barrie, to an unforgettable visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother, many authentic and entertaining experiences are waiting for you.

DAY 1 – KIRRIEMUIR

Welcome to Kirriemuir

Day 1 begins in Kirriemuir, a picturesque town with narrow, cobbled streets and unique attractions like the birthplace of Sir JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and the Neverland Playpark where the kids can climb aboard Captain Hook’s ship.

Kirriemuir is known as the ‘Gateway to the Glens’, thanks to its ideal location for exploring the beautiful Angus Glens.

Travel information

Kirriemuir is located just 10 minutes from the main A90 dual carriageway and only 15 minutes away from nearby Forfar by car or bus. Travelling around Kirriemuir is easy and especially enjoyable on foot or by bike. There are several charging points for electric vehicles in the town centre.

  • Bon Scott
  • Barrie's Birthplace
  • Neverland Park
  • Kirrie Den
  • Lunch
  • Angus Glens
  • Dinner

Location 1: Bon Scott Statue

Start the day with a walk around Kirriemuir’s attractive town centre, starting with the Bon Scott statue. Kirriemuir is the childhood home of Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC. 

If you’re an AC/DC fan or just like rock music, you’ll enjoy the statue of the world-famous star standing with his arm raised, clutching his bagpipes, on the Bellie’s Brae road into Kirriemuir. It’s the ideal opportunity for a selfie with a rock and roll legend.

Download the Visit Angus app and unlock the entertaining and educational ‘Become a rock star game’ at this location.

  • Location: Bellie’s Brae, Kirriemuir DD8 4BJ
  • Opening times: Open at all times
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking and level terrain
Bon Scott Statue

Location 2: J M Barrie’s Birthplace

Not far from the Bon Scott Statue is a small, traditional weaver’s house where Sir JM Barrie, author of the Peter Pan story, spent his childhood. The cottage is now a fascinating museum that explores Barrie’s life, his route to success, literary and stage works, and enduring connection with Kirriemuir. 

The museum is closed in the autumn and winter but is worth admiring from the outside as part of an enjoyable walk around the town. However, you can explore the museum virtually using the free Visit Angus app. Open the app when you are within 200 meters of the museum to unlock a fascinating 360-degree interactive tour.

And there’s plenty to see in Kirriemuir, like the statue of Peter Pan and nearby Cumberland Close, where you’ll find Kirriemuir’s ‘Walk of Fame’. These pavement slabs are engraved with dedications to some of the notable people born in the town.

No visit to the town centre would be complete without stopping in for some sweet treats at the Star Rock Shop, the oldest sweet shop in Scotland. Try the traditional Star Rock flavours like lemon, butterscotch and cinnamon or newer creations like the Iron Brew Humbugs, Saltire Rock, and Banoffee Toffee.

  • Location: 9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir, DD8 4BX
  • Opening times for Sir JM Barrie’s birthplace: 
    • 1st November 2021 to 2nd April 2022: Closed
    • 3rd April to 18th October 2022: Open
  • Entry: 
    • Adult: £8.00
    • Family: £20.00
    • One adult family: £14.50
    • Concession: £7.00
    • Young Scot: £1.00
  • Accessibility: The cottage is not wheelchair accessible
JM Barries Birthplace, Kirriemuir

Location 3: Neverland Playpark

Neverland Playpark is a magical outdoor space where the kids can climb aboard Captain Hook’s ship and enjoy adventures with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. The playpark is a 5 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from the town centre.

Neverland was opened in 2010 as part of a project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir JM Barrie. It has a great variety of equipment to cater for a wide range of ages and abilities.

Nearby Camera Obscura is closed in autumn and winter. One of only three in Scotland, the Camera Obscura is housed in a pavilion gifted to the Kirriemuir by Sir JM Barrie.

This location offers striking 360-degree views of the beautiful surrounding countryside from on top of the hill. Look north to the Cairngorm Mountains, and you’ll see the imposing Airlie Monument on top of Tulloch Hill.

  • Location: Kirriemuir Hill, Kirriemuir, DD8 4JR
  • Opening times: Open at all times
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking
Neverland Play Park, Kirriemuir

Location 4: Kirriemuir Den

Kirrie Den, or ‘The Den’ (as it’s known locally), is a public park close to the centre of the town. It was opened in 1867 and extended later in the 19th century. The main gate is located on Tannage Brae where there is a public car park opposite. 

Kirrie Den sits in a small valley with the Gairie Burn running through it and includes many pleasant walks, a bandstand, and a children’s play area. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfall at the northwest end of The Den. It can be quite spectacular when the burn is in spate and is best viewed from the High Bridge near Lochmill.

  • Location: Tannage Brae, Kirriemuir, DD8 4ES
  • Opening times: Open at all times
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Not all routes around the park are suitable for disabled users or families with pushchairs
Kirriemuir Den

Location 5: Lunch at the Airlie Arms Hotel

The Airlie Arms Hotel is a traditional, family-run hotel in the heart of Kirriemuir that offers a relaxed, child-friendly and convenient place for lunch.

Enjoy a range of freshly prepared food from the bar menu, including delicious starters like haggis bites, salt and pepper squid, and main courses like Arbroath haddock and homemade steak pie. 

The menu also includes a selection of burgers, pizza and pasta dishes, as well as a number of options for children.

  • Location: 4 St Malcolm’s Wynd, Kirriemuir, DD8 4HB
  • Opening times: Food served daily from 11am to 8:30pm
Airlie Arms Hotel, Kirriemuir

Location 6: Scott Wilson Memorial and Airlie Monument

Kirriemuir’s location at the foot of the Angus Glens offers many fantastic walking opportunities. A two hour walk from the hotel will take you into Glen Prosen, one of the lesser-known and quieter glens, to the Scott-Wilson Memorial.

The memorial was erected in 2012 to commemorate Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Edward Wilson, who lived in Glen Prosen for a time. Sadly, both of the explorers died during the infamous 1911 expedition to reach the South Pole.

Continue from there to the Airlie Monument, a memorial to the ninth Earl of Airlie, Lord Lieutenant-Colonel David William Stanley Ogilvy, killed in the Boer War. Enjoy the stunning 360-degree view, looking across to Glen Clova, Glen Prosen and south towards Kirriemuir and Forfar. Then return to Kirriemuir via the picturesque village of Dykehead.

  • Location: Glen Prosen, DD8 4ND
  • Opening times: Open at all times
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Some steep hills and challenging terrain
Scott Wilson Memorial, Glen Prosen

Location 7: Dinner at the Drovers Inn, Memus

Delicious Scottish bar food and fine dining await you in Memus, a small village within the heart of the beautiful Angus countryside, 10 minutes from Kirriemuir. A traditional inn with a special atmosphere, Drovers Inn offers rustic charm and character.

Enjoy up to four mouthwatering courses in the elegant dining rooms or a relaxing drink and something from the bar menu in the quaint and cosy bar with its fires and welcoming atmosphere. Popular dishes with locals and visitors include steak, monkfish, and cauliflower and red pepper curry.

With a passion for food and drink, the Drovers believe in exceptional service and hospitality, sourcing food locally and wherever possible from farms and producers they know and trust. The inn has a great wine list and some fine beers.

  • Location: Memus, by Forfar, DD8 3TY Forfar
  • Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
Drovers Inn, Memus

DAY 2 – FORFAR

Welcome to Forfar

Visit Forfar on Day 2 to experience a traditional market town full of history and memorable experiences. You’ll discover ancient buildings like the Pictish fort at Castle Hill and the 1000-year-old Glamis Castle, and learn more about the Forfar witches. Forfar also offers a choice of excellent places to eat.

Travel information

Forfar is just a few minutes from the main A90 trunk road. Travelling from Kirriemuir takes around 15 minutes by car on the A926. Expect the journey to take 30 minutes if you are cycling. There are electric vehicle charging points spread across the town.

  • Angus Archives
  • Castle Hill
  • Meffan Museum
  • Lunch
  • Glamis Castle
  • Dinner

Location 1: Angus Archives

Based near Forfar’s Restenneth Priory, Angus Archives collects and preserves the written and photographic heritage of Angus. This collection is available to the public so you can discover their Angus roots and research your ancestors.

Visit the search room in Angus Archives to discover extensive photograph collections, a fascinating local history book collection, plans of buildings, and family histories. The team based in the archives have a comprehensive local knowledge and will be happy to help you.

Just a short walk from the archives, Restenneth Priory is a sacred place of enduring importance – the site of an ancient church that enjoyed royal favour. Robert the Bruce buried his young son Prince John here in the 1300s.

  • Location: Hunter Library, Restenneth Priory, Forfar, DD8 2SZ
  • Opening times: Thursday to Saturday – 10am-4pm (by appointment only)
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Angus Archives

Location 2: Castle Hill

A Pictish fort with great views, Castle Hill is a hidden gem, especially if you enjoy Scottish history. 

The entrance is located on Forfar’s Canmore Street, off Castle Street. The gate is kept locked, but you can request a key from Mr Ali’s newsagent or the Chapter and Verse restaurant on Castle Street. There is nothing more exciting than collecting the key and letting yourself in to explore a true local hidden gem.

Reach the top of the quaint old cobbled lane, and you’ll be standing where King Malcolm Canmore built Forfar Castle in the 11th century. The castle was destroyed by King Robert Bruce in 1313 to save it from falling into English hands.

  • Location: Access from Canmore Street, Forfar, DD8 3HT
  • Opening times: Open daily
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Not wheelchair access due to steps. Prams and buggies could be carried to the top.
Castle Hill Forfar

Location 3: Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

Continue the morning at the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery on West High Street, where you will learn more about the town, including the history of the  Forfar bridie and the story of the Forfar witches. You can also discover the mysterious Picts, thanks to the museum’s collection of enigmatic sculptured stones.

Enjoy a stroll down the museum’s recreation of an old, narrow cobbled street called The Vennel. Peer inside several traditional shops, including Peter Reid’s sweet shop, a clock maker’s workshop, a baker’s shop with bread and bridies on display, and a shoemaker’s where you can watch shoes being made and mended.

There is also a diverse range of impressive artwork on display in the gallery from local, national and internationally-renowned artists. 

This location is part of the Forfar Heritage Trail.

  • Location: 20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB
  • Opening times: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm 
  • Entry: Free
  • Accessibility: Full disabled access with lift to upper galleries
Meffan Museum

Location 4: Lunch at Chapter & Verse Bistro

A short walk from the Meffan Museum, Chapter & Verse is a family-run bistro offering freshly-cooked food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

The diverse and appetising lunch menu is packed with pub favourites, pasta and pizza, as well as authentic Indian cuisine. A children’s menu with fresh and home-cooked options is available too.

  • Location: 110-114 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3HR
  • Opening times for lunch:
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 2pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 3:45pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Location 5: Glamis Castle and Gardens

Just ten minutes drive from Forfar, Glamis is home to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of this historic 1000-year-old castle using your own mobile device or pre-book a space on one of the informative and entertaining guided tours (available in 2022). Take in the glorious details of the castle’s stunning paintings and antique furniture as you listen to stories about former Royal residents and famous visitors over the years.

The castle’s majestic grounds and gardens are beautiful all year round and offer the opportunity for an unforgettable walk in a very special location. There are four different routes to choose from, including a walk around the Italian Garden. Look out for resident roe deer, hare, pheasants, squirrels, otters and other woodland creatures on the Nature Trail and River Dean walks.

Children will love the castle’s wooden playpark with its flying fox and other fun play equipment suitable for a mix of age groups. And the whole family will enjoy exploring the walled garden. The garden’s impressive water features include a Monet-style bridge over an ornamental pond and a large central fountain.

Enjoy cakes, coffee and other refreshments in the Victorian Kitchen Restaurant and take home something special from the gift shop to help remember your visit.

  • ​​​​Location: Glamis, Forfar, DD8 1RJ
  • Entry:
    • Adults: £15.50 (includes access to the castle, gardens, grounds and tour)
    • Children (5-16 years): £10.00 (includes access to the castle, gardens, grounds and tour)
  • Tours: Available to pre-book in 2022
  • Opening times: 
    • 1st November to 20th December 2021: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
    • 21st December 2021 to 17th March 2021: Closed
    • 18th March to 31st October 2022: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • Accessibility: Partial wheelchair access with accessible parking and toilets

Location 6: Dinner at The Castle Club

Established in 1987, the family-run Castle Club restaurant offers heart-warming homemade cooking using only the best in local produce.

Choose from a selection of delicious, freshly cooked dishes from the exciting dinner menu that’s full of traditional Scottish dishes, as well as food with an international twist. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from homemade steak pie and pork fillet with black pudding to chicken enchiladas and vegetable tortillas. 

All the food is cooked on the premises and made with fresh local ingredients, and the wine list will satisfy most tastes.

Conveniently located in the town centre, Castle Club is not far from some of Forfar’s main attractions, including Forfar Loch. Perfect for a walk before or after your meal if the weather allows.

  • Location: 100 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3HR
  • Opening times:
    • Monday to Saturday: 10am to 9pm
    • Sunday: 4pm to 7pm
  • Accessibility: Steps with no disabled access
The Castle Club, Forfar

DAY 3 – CARNOUSTIE

Welcome to Carnoustie

On Day 3, travel to Carnoustie, a town famous for its golfing heritage, stunning scenery, exceptional hospitality, and courses that attract golfers from all over the world.

But there’s more to the town than just golf. There are also historic buildings and monuments to see, an impressive coastline to explore on foot or by bike, and some outstanding restaurants and hotels.

Travel information

Carnoustie is situated along the stunning Angus coast, just 5 minutes off the A92. It takes around 25 minutes to reach the town from the main A90 trunk road that runs through Angus. Travelling from Forfar takes around 25 minutes by car on the B9128. Expect the same journey to take around 1 hour 15 minutes if you are cycling. 

There are electric vehicle charging points spread across the town, including several at the main beach area.

  • Golf Trail
  • Carnoustie Links
  • Lunch
  • East Haven
  • Dinner

Location 1: Golf History Trail

Carnoustie has a long association with the game of golf, not just in Scotland but across the globe. Members of the Carnoustie Golf Club played key roles in the formation of the PGA of Australia in 1911 and the PGA of America in 1916. They went on to influence all parts of the game, including the modern golf swing, golf club manufacturing, course design, and much more.

The Golf History Trail is a new addition to Carnoustie. Look out for information boards around the town featuring fascinating facts about the town’s long association with the sport and about Carnoustie itself. 

You can start the Golf History Trail at any point on the map, but there is a large car park beside the Golf Hotel on Links Parade. This is an ideal starting point for your walk, especially with the glorious views across the beach and Championship golf course.

The trail takes you on a circular route through the main sights in Carnoustie, including the town’s three golf clubs, Simpsons Golf Shop, and even the crazy golf course at the sport and leisure centre.

  • Location: Links Parade, Carnoustie DD7 7JB
  • Accessible: Wheelchair accessible with accessible parking
Carnoustie Championship Golf Course

Location 2: Carnoustie Golf Links

Whether you want to play a round of golf, try your hand at the golf simulator in Links House, or just want to enjoy a walk around this beautiful and historic location, Carnoustie Golf Links is an ideal place to spend the morning.

Carnoustie has three courses 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.

Book in advance to play on either of the three 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.

Situated next to the first tee of the Championship Course, Links House is 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.

  • ​​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
Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa

Location 3: Lunch at The Rookery

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

The extensive lunch menu offers a superb selection of dishes, including local favourites like Angus-bred pork loin and highland venison sausages, as well as simple lunch classics like the smoked Scottish salmon sandwich or cheese and ham toastie. There are several fantastic vegetarian and vegan options, including a tasty falafel and spinach burger.

The Rookery also serves a special afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays. And 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, 12pm to 4pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access with accessible parking and toilets
The Rookery, Carnoustie

Location 4: East Haven

East Haven is the perfect place for a post-lunch walk by the sea and is easily reached on foot, by bike, or with a short drive from Carnoustie. Located around one and a half miles to the east of Carnoustie, East Haven is one of the oldest fishing communities in Scotland, dating back to 1214, and a beautiful place to visit. It was awarded a Britain in Bloom Gold Award and Best Coastal Village 2018. 

The village was gifted by the Barony of Panmure to the monks of Coupar Angus Abbey with an acre of land to build a homestead. They were also given rights to charge a toll on fishing. Today, only a few boats fish out of East Haven, however signs of its fishing heritage can be seen all around the village.

In the 1930s, young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, were often brought down from Glamis to play on East Haven’s unspoiled rural beach. The village has been known by many names over the centuries and was a thriving community in the mid-1900s with a brewery, bakehouse and other occupations supporting fishing and farm work.

As you drive into East Haven, you’ll see The Sisters boat just before you pass under the railway bridge towards the car park and beach. It was restored and put on display as part of the village’s 800th-anniversary celebrations by the local community. They have also transformed the village’s public toilets into a unique public gallery (these are closed until the spring).

  • ​​Location: East Haven, DD7 6LT
  • Entry: Free
  • Opening times: Open at all times
  • Accessibility: Some uneven terrain
East Haven Village and Beach

Location 5: Dinner at Carnoustie Golf Hotel

The perfect place for dinner at the end of Day 3, Carnoustie Golf Hotel offers locally sourced, freshly prepared dishes with spectacular views over the 1st and 18th holes of the Championship Course.

The hotel’s newly refurbished Calders Bistro offers something for everyone, from traditional options like salmon fillet and peppered rump of lamb to international dishes like the three-cheese risotto and Americano burger. The menu includes several sumptuous desserts and an impressive array of cheese board options.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel once boasted the largest Rolex clock in the world at 2.6m in diameter. Today, it’s known for its great food, amazing views over the Championship Golf Course and the coastline.

  • ​​Location: Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE
  • Opening times: 12pm to 9.30pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access with accessible parking and toilets
Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa

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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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