The Angus Tour – Dog Friendly Adventures

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Family Friendly
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Season

  • Autumn
  • Winter

Highlights and Delights

This three-day itinerary will help you discover the best dog-friendly places that Angus has to offer. From walks in the glens and around a spectacular nature reserve to farms and historic locations, many memorable experiences are waiting for you and your four-legged friend.

DAY 1 – EDZELL

Welcome to Edzell

Day 1 starts in Edzell, a hidden gem with some incredible walks and stunning sights to see. Edzell is known for The Shakin Brig (shaking bridge), a suspension bridge that crosses the River North Esk and runs alongside the village.

Another of Edzell’s attractions is the Dalhousie Arch. This impressively high and wide gateway structure provides an impressive welcome as you enter the village from the south.

Enjoy a picturesque riverside walk with breathtaking views at the Rocks of Solitude. Edzell is the gateway to Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk, and you can reach both glens from the village.

Travel information

Edzell is situated just off the A90 and only 10 minutes away from nearby Brechin by car or bus on the B966.

While there are no charging points for electric vehicles within the village, you will find some at nearby Stracathro Services and Brechin town centre.

  • Glen Esk
  • Lunch
  • Shakin Brig
  • Dinner

Location 1: Glen Esk

What better way to start the first day than with an invigorating and enjoyable stroll through Glen Esk to reach the Queen’s Well monument. Its meandering trails and open spaces make it a paradise for walkers and their canine companions.

The Queen’s Well is an unusual crown-shaped monument built over a natural spring in 1861 to honour Queen Victoria. The path to reach Queen’s Well starts in Edzell and follows the route up the neighbouring Glen Mark to Mount Keen.

The paths on this route are clear and wide until you reach the top-most part, where it can get quite rocky. The walking time is around 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Alternatively, drive to Invermark for a shorter 5 mile walk that takes between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes to complete. This route gives you more time to explore the area, including Invermark Castle and Loch Lee.

  • Location: Edzell, Brechin DD9 7TA
  • Accessibility: Some steep and rocky paths
Queens Well

Location 2: Lunch at Sinclair’s Larder

Based in the centre of Edezll, Sinclair’s Larder offers fresh, seasonal dishes using local produce and traditional home baking.

You can enjoy a range of sandwiches and hot food here, including tasty burgers and smoked salmon dishes. Sinclair’s also has fantastic coffee and a great selection of cakes, including delicious brownies and scones.

Although dogs can’t come inside the café, you can sit with them and enjoy your lunch on the outside seats covered by a veranda. It’s the perfect spot for people watching too.

  • Location: 63 High Street, Edzell, Brechin DD9 7TA
  • Opening times:
    • Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm
    • Sunday: 10am to 5pm
  • Accessibility: Accessible entrance and parking

Location 3: Shakin Brig

Welcome to an amazing hidden gem. The Shakin Brig (shaking bridge) is a suspension bridge that crosses the River North Esk. You can reach it easily from Edzell’s High Street by strolling down a narrow lane called Gassie Brae.

When you first step foot on the bridge, you’ll experience the shaking sensation that gives the bridge its name. It was constructed around 1900 but is well-maintained and completely safe for people – and dogs too.

Stop on the bridge for a while to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. Enjoy the peaceful sound of the river as it flows lazily beneath your feet and gathers in cool pools.

Reach the other side to find some sheltered pebble beaches. Try your hand at skimming stones or simply watch your dog enjoying a splash through the water. From here, you can take pleasant woodland walks following the river’s path.

  • Location: Gassie Brae, off High Street, Edzell
Shakin Brig, Edzell

Location 4: Dinner at the Fairway Restaurant, Glenesk Hotel

Edzell’s Glenesk Hotel provides a pleasant, dog-friendly location for dinner on Day 1. This is also the perfect place to stay overnight with your dog during your visit to Angus. Dogs are allowed in all public places except the restaurant and can accompany you while you enjoy a meal in the bar lounge.

The hotel’s Fairway Restaurant offers delicious, freshly prepared food that showcases some of the best local and Scottish producers. Enjoy locally-sourced beef, salmon, or even an East Coast seafood banquet for two.

And you can choose from over 1,000 malts, 200 gins, 80 rums, 70 vodkas, and a selection of ales and beers in the hotel’s 360* Bar.

The restaurant achieved Visit Scotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation in recognition of its sourcing policy and the quality of food and drinks that it serves.

The hotel permits a maximum of two dogs per room.

  • Location: High Street, Edzell, Angus, Scotland, DD9 7TF
  • Opening times: Dinner served daily from 6pm to 9.30pm
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets
Glenesk Hotel, Edzell

DAY 2 – KIRRIEMUIR

Welcome to Kirriemuir

On Day 2, travel to Kirriemuir, a picturesque town with narrow, cobbled streets and unique attractions like the birthplace of Sir JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan.

Kirriemuir is known as the ‘Gateway to the Glens’, thanks to its ideal location for exploring the beautiful Angus Glens, including Airlie Monument in the lower reaches of Glen Clova.

Travel information

Kirriemuir is located just 10 minutes from the main A90 dual carriageway and around 30 minutes from Edzell by car or bus. Travelling around Kirriemuir is easy and especially enjoyable on foot.

There are eight locations with charging points for electric vehicles across the town.

  • Airlie Monument
  • Lunch
  • Newton Farm Tour
  • Dinner

Location 1: Airlie Monument 

Take a scenic walk with your dog through picturesque Glen Prosen woodland to reach Airlie Monument on top of Tulloch Hill. The walk starts at a car park near the small village of Dykehead.

The Airlie Monument is a memorial to the ninth Earl of Airlie, Lord Lieutenant-Colonel David William Stanley Ogilvy, killed in the Boer War.

The path is suitable for all abilities and ideal for dogs but can be steep at times. Once you have reached the top, you will enjoy a stunning 360-degree view, looking across to Glen Clova, Glen Prosen and south towards Kirriemuir and Forfar.

While visiting the area, why not visit the Scott-Wilson Memorial erected in 2012 to commemorate Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Edward Wilson, who lived in Glen Prosen for a time, both of whom died during the infamous expedition to reach the South Pole.

Dog at Airlie Monument

Location 2: Lunch at Wee Bear Cafe

Enjoy a break from all that activity with a hearty lunch at the Wee Bear Café. Based at the beautiful Lodge at Lochside in Lintrathen, a short 15 minute drive from Kirriemuir, Wee Bear is the ideal spot to warm up with your pooch after your morning walk. Relax by the cosy wood stove and soak in the spectacular views out to the loch.

Enjoy delicious home cooking and baking amidst the rustic charm of this pleasant café. They offer fantastic homemade food and soup, as well as a range of cakes that includes their delicious carrot cake and blackcurrant and courgette cake. There are vegetarian and vegan options available too.

The café was named after the owner’s family dog, Bear, and your own four-legged family members will be made very welcome here.

  • Location: Bridgend of Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, DD8 5JH
  • Opening times: Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Location 3: Newton Farm Tour

Spend the afternoon experiencing a sample of daily life on a Scottish farm and soaking up the tranquil, rural Angus landscape.

Newton Farm is a real working farm offering an award-winning and authentic farm experience. You’ll be welcomed by farmers Graeme and Louise, who will introduce you to their animals and take you on a fun and educational tour of the farms.

You can hand-feed cows, sheep, goats, and Lucy, the micro pig during your visit and even collect eggs from the henhouse. And why not take the friendly alpacas for a memorable walk for the full, authentic Angus farm experience.

Dogs are welcome on the standard tour around the farm; however, advance notice is required when booking your place on the tour.

  • Location: Inverarity, Forfar, Angus, Scotland, DD8 2JU
  • Opening times: Farm tours are available most days at 3pm (booking required)
  • Entry:
    • Adult (13 years+): £12.50
    • Child (3-12yrs): £5.00
    • Infants (0-2yrs): Free
  • Accessibility: The farm is relatively level and accessible to all and has an accessible toilet and changing facilities.
Alpaca Walking Experience, Angus

Location 4: Dinner at Dunnichen Stone

Based in Forfar, not far from Kirriemuir, the Dunnichen Stone is a family-friendly and dog-friendly pub with a pizza kitchen and an amazing array of quality dinner options. The pub is named after a rare and fascinating symbol stone found in a Dunnichen field by a farmer in 1811.

The Dunnichen Stone menus are fit to burst with tonnes of delicious flavours, with a mouth-watering selection of ales, wines, Sunday roasts and steaks, burgers, salads, and more. All the usual pub classics are here, like fish and chips, sausages and mash, and more. There is also a daily specials board that introduces new exciting dishes from all around the world.

There is a fantastic children’s menu with some fun pizza options and a vegan menu packed full of pub classics, pizzas and puddings.

There is even a menu for your furry friend that includes free doggy biscuits and water, tasty options for their main course and even dessert options like their ‘puppuccino’ (a small cup of whipped cream) – the perfect way to end a fantastic dog-friendly day.

Ask for a dog-friendly table when making your booking.

  • Location: 2 Berrymoss Lane, Forfar, DD8 1GY
  • Opening times (main menu):
    • Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 8pm
    • Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm
  • Accessibility: Disabled access with accessible parking and toilets
Dunnichen Stone, Forfar

DAY 3 – MONTROSE

Welcome to Montrose

Visit Montrose on Day 3 for some unique dog-friendly adventures in stunning surroundings. Montrose sits on the edge of a nature reserve, a haven for wildfowl and wading birds, and perfect for dog walks. Montrose also boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.

Travel information

Travelling to Montrose from Kirriemuir takes around 40 minutes by car or bus. Montrose can be reached from the main A90 dual carriageway by car in around 20 minutes. Montrose is also on the coastal railway line.

  • Montrose Air Station
  • Lunch
  • Montrose Basin
  • Dinner

Location 1: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre sits on the site of Britain’s first operational military airfield established by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913.

Your dogs will be made very welcome here; they are allowed throughout the site and inside the various buildings. A water bowl is available outside the reception area too.

The centre’s unique collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts, memorabilia, and planes will take you on a journey back in time and demonstrate the human side of the Air Station’s past. The Heritage Centre ensures future generations will remember the service of the men and women who served at Montrose Air Station. During your visit, you’ll hear some unforgettable stories of their lives and those who lived in the area.

The centre offers some unique and memorable experiences. Step inside a 1940’s house and a full-size Anderson shelter. Marvel at the full-size replica of the B.E.2a aircraft flown by No.2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps – the first squadron to land in France at the start of World War One. You can also see full-size replicas of a Sopwith Camel and an MkVb Spitfire. The Hawker Hunter, Meteor, and Vampire jets will impress too.

The centre ​​is an independent and fully accredited museum run entirely by volunteers. They recently received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for volunteer groups in the UK.

You should allow around 2 hours for your visit.

  • Opening times: Saturdays only, 10am to 4pm during winter months
  • Entry (booking required):
    • Adults £6.60
    • Concessions £5.50
  • Accessibility: Partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility. Accessible toilets.
Montrose Air Station

Location 2: Lunch at Hillside Hotel

The Hillside Hotel is a family-run, dog-friendly hotel based in the village of Hillside, around 1 mile from Montrose. Pop in for a delightful lunch from Thursday to Sunday in their warm and homely bar with your furry best friend.

Their menu is full of fresh, homemade food using the finest local meats, game, seafood and vegetables. It includes traditional fish and chips, burgers, nachos, pies, curries, and many other delicious options.

Their impressive selection of burgers includes a chilli cheeseburger and a crispy chicken burger. The gourmet chilli dog is worth trying too.

The menu has great options for children. Vegetarians are catered for too. There are also several tempting desserts to choose from, including their famous cheesecake of the day.

The hotel allows dogs in the hotel if you are dining in the bar.

  • Location: Kinnaber Road, Hillside, by Montrose, DD10 9HE
  • Opening times:
    • Thursday: 12:00pm to 2:00pm, 4:45pm to 11:00pm
    • Friday: 12:00pm to 12:00am
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets
Hillside Hotel, Montrose

Location 3: Montrose Basin

Located just outside the town centre, Montrose Basin is a designated Local Nature Reserve with a four-star visitor centre. It offers unforgettable walks for you and your canine companion.

In autumn and winter, the Basin is home to over 100,000 migratory birds including pink-footed geese, wigeon and a variety of other waterfowl and waders, while during the spring and summer months the estuary supports various breeding colonies including sand martins, common terns and eider.

Four remote bird hides spread across the reserve offer the best locations to see some of these wonderful bird species for yourself. You may even spot a seal or two.

There are four designated walks within the nature reserve that start from various car parks (excluding the visitor centre car park) around the reserve. Whichever route you choose, your dog will love taking in the many sights and smells; however, please keep them on a lead or within 2 meters of you. This helps protect the reserve’s incredible wildlife. Dog are not permitted inside the Visitor Centre.

  • Location: Rossie Braes, Montrose, DD10 9TA
  • Opening times (1st November to mid-February):
    • Reserve walks and hides: Always open
    • Visitor centre:
      • Friday to Monday: 10.30am to 4pm
      • Tuesday to Thursday: Closed
      • From 14 February, the Visitor Centre will be open 7 days a week 10.30am to 5pm
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets at the visitor centre
Montrose Basin

Location 4: Dinner at Sharkys Bar and Diner

Sharkys is a trendy, dog-friendly diner in the centre of Montrose. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some warm and filling food after all that walking.

Enjoy dinner with your dog by your side in a welcoming and relaxed environment with food and drinks served daily. The menu is packed with variety and quality, including main courses like Balmoral chicken, beer-battered haddock and lamb shank. You’ll also find a good range of steaks, burgers, salads, and low-calorie options like salmon, butterfly chicken steak and the skinny burger.

There are plenty of options for kids and a good selection of desserts, including cheesecake, chocolate brownie and a vegan fudge cake.

Sharkys menu has food to suit all dietary requirements, including fantastic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for starters, main course and dessert.

  • Location: 21 George Street, Montrose, DD10 8EW
  • Opening times:
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday: 12:00pm to 12:00am
    • Wednesday: 12:00pm to 12:00am
    • Thursday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 1:00am
    • Sunday: 12:30pm to 1:00am
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets

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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