The Angus Tour – Enjoy a Peaceful Outdoor Retreat

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Coast and Waters
  • Family Friendly
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Season

  • Autumn
  • Winter

Highlights and Delights

This exciting and diverse three-day itinerary will help you discover the best family-friendly outdoor adventures Angus has to offer. From beautiful country parks and nature reserves to watersports activities and adventure play parks, many exciting and memorable experiences are waiting for you.

DAY 1 – MONIFIETH

Welcome to Monifieth

Day 1 starts in Monifieth, a coastal town in a prime location for family-friendly outdoor experiences. The area has wonderful country parks to explore, an exceptional country resort, and a fantastic seaside play park called the Blue Seaway.

Monifieth boasts a long beach with impressive views across to Fife and two stunning golf courses, one of which is an Open qualifying course. The town is the gateway to some fantastic walking opportunities in the surrounding hills and along the coast. The Seven Arches walk takes you along a former railway line under an impressive viaduct and alongside a small river known locally as the Dighty Burn.

Travel information

Monifieth is situated just off the A92 and is 25 minutes drive from the main A90 dual carriageway. The town is only 10 minutes away from neighbouring Carnoustie by car or bus and around 20 minutes from Arbroath further north along the coast. A pleasant cycle path along the coast offers a smooth and safe path to both towns.

Monifieth is on the main coastal railway line. The train from London stops here (with a change in Edinburgh).

There are two locations with charging points for electric vehicles within the town and more in neighbouring Broughty Ferry.

  • Kingennie
  • Lunch
  • Country Parks
  • Dinner

Location 1: Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

Just five minutes drive from Monifieth town centre, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort has everything you need for a memorable morning with the family, including golf, fishing, walking, high quality dining, a play park and even a maze. The resort also offers luxury self-catering experiences in a peaceful setting.

Book a fishing lesson for the kids, then grab some quiet time and a coffee whilst you watch from the veranda. Children can also try their hand at some golf on the putting green. The fantastic maze located within the grounds provides great outdoor entertainment for all ages, and there is a fun play park for younger ones too.

The two mile, family-friendly walk around the resort’s impressive grounds takes you alongside the nine hole golf course and fishing ponds. The walk has a slight incline but offers striking views over Dundee and the Angus countryside, so it’s worth the climb.

Forbes of Kingennie is an ideal base for exploring Monifieth and the surrounding area. Stay in a self-catering lodge in lush woodland or along the waterside. To make your adventure even more special, try one of their glamping experiences that include ‘The Stargazer’, a traditional shepherd’s hut with a star-gazing window above the bed.

  • Location: Forbes of Kingennie Drive, Dundee, DD5 3RD
  • Opening times: Open daily
  • Accessibility: Partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility but has accessible parking and toilets.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

Location 2: Lunch at The Scullery, Forbes of Kingennie

Based within Forbes of Kingennie, the Scullery Restaurant is a popular restaurant, bar and tea room offering locally-sourced food and drink, including produce from the family farm next door.

Lunch at The Scullery Restaurant means tasty, hearty food and stunning waterside views overlooking the fishing ponds. And if it’s a nice day, you can also take a seat on The Waterside veranda for some al fresco dining.

There are options to suit all tastes here, from something special like Arbroath Smokie Cullen Skink (a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions) to lunch classics like a hot or cold sandwich. The children’s menu has a great selection of tasty main courses and exciting desserts. There are vegan and vegetarian options available too.

  • Location: Forbes of Kingennie Drive, Dundee, DD5 3RD
  • Opening times: Food served from 9am to 10:30pm
  • Accessibility: Level access. Accessible parking and toilets.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

Location 3: Monikie and Crombie Country Parks

Monifieth is located within 10 minutes drive of two beautiful country parks where you can spend the afternoon exploring woodland on foot or by mountain bike.

Monikie Country Park

Monikie Country Park, with its reservoirs, woodland and parkland, is an ideal location for a countryside adventure. The park offers afternoon’s entertainment for the whole family, with plenty for the kids, including a fantastic adventure playground with swings, slides, play equipment to climb, and a fun fort to play in.

There are pleasant trails around the former reservoirs that are ideal for both walking and cycling. Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will love watching the wildlife using the bird hides that are dotted throughout the park.

  • Location: Monikie Country Park, Panmure Road, Monikie, Angus, DD5 3QN
  • Opening times: Open daily
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible parking

Crombie Country Park

Crombie Country Park is just 5 minutes drive from Monikie and also worth exploring. Take a scenic, family-friendly walk along 7km of woodland trails and enjoy stunning views across Crombie Loch, a reservoir that once supplied water to Dundee and Carnoustie.

There’s lots to see and do at Crombie Country Park, including a mini cycle track for mountain bikes, a children’s adventure play park, picnic areas, and fun events throughout the year. Pop into the hides dotted around the trail and see if you can spot some of the park’s wildlife like the roe deer, woodpeckers, and red squirrels.

  • Location: Monikie, Angus, DD5 3QL
  • Opening times: Open daily
  • Accessibility: The Discovery, Peddieston and Birchwood trails are accessible, and there is accessible parking available
Crombie Country Park

Location 4: Dinner at Room with a View, Piperdam

Situated around 30 minutes away from Monikie on the other side of Dundee, Piperdam is a popular golf and leisure resort set in 650 acres of idyllic Angus countryside. The resort’s restaurant, Room with a View, offers award-winning food with stunning lochside views.

Choose from a variety of high quality dinner options, including traditional Scottish food like the homemade steak pie and international options such as the Mexican-style fajitas or beef chilli bowl.

There are a number of quality vegetarian and vegan options, as well options for children. Whether you’re staying at the resort or just looking for somewhere interesting to eat, Piperdam’s Room with a View restaurant offers excellent food with views to match.

  • Location: Piperdam Leisure Resort, Fowlis, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, DD2 5LP
  • Dinner service: Daily, 3pm to 7:45pm
  • Accessibility: Disabled access with accessible parking and toilets

DAY 2 – MONTROSE

Welcome to Montrose

Visit Montrose on Day 2 for some outdoor, family-friendly adventure in stunning surroundings. Montrose sits on the edge of a nature reserve, a haven for wildfowl and wading birds that you can study at the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre. Montrose also boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.

Travel information

Travelling to Montrose from Monifieth takes around 35 minutes by car or bus following the A92 through the picturesque Angus countryside. 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 Basin
  • Lunch
  • Sup 2 Summit
  • Dinner

Location 1: Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

Located just outside the town center, Montrose Basin is a designated local Nature Reserve with a four-star visitor centre. It offers an unforgettable experience for families and nature enthusiasts.

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 is more to do inside the fantastic visitor centre. Admire the stunning panoramic views across the reserve using the binoculars and telescopes provided. Children will love the interactive toys and games that include quizzes and their ‘call a curlew’ telephone to listen to bird calls. There are regular family events that run throughout the year.

  • Location: Rossie Braes, Montrose, DD10 9TA
  • Opening times from 1st November to mid-February:
    • 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

Location 2: Lunch at Roos Leap

This Australian-themed restaurant offers a laid back and family-friendly dining experience. Enjoy a memorable lunch from the creative menu that contains a great selection of delicious international food.

The restaurant uses fresh ingredients cooked to order, including their fish which is fresh from the market. Even their coleslaw is prepared by hand from market-fresh veg. Their burgers and steaks use pure Aberdeen Angus meat and are one of the most popular options on the menu.

The dessert menu is not to be missed either, with fantastic treats like the banana sticky toffee cake. This restaurant also offers a good choice of tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and there is a fun and varied kids menu too.

  • Location: 2 Traill Drive, Montrose, Angus, DD10 8SW
  • Opening times:
    • Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 10:30pm
    • Sundays: 12pm to 9pm
  • Accessibility: No disabled access
Roos Leap, Montrose

Location 3: Sup 2 Summit at Montrose Basin

After lunch, it’s time for an unforgettable outdoor activity at the spectacular Montrose Basin. Sup2Summit offer a range of outdoor activities for everyone, young and old. Stand up Paddle Boarding (known as SUP) is their most popular activity.

SUP involves simply standing up on a board and paddling to propel yourself through the water. The boards are large stable platforms making them user-friendly and safe for all ages and abilities. This unique experience, set in such stunning natural surroundings, will leave everyone feeling invigorated and smiling from ear to ear.

Paddle boarding has a minimum age of 8 years, and all under 18 year olds must be accompanied on the activity by a parent or legal guardian. Non-swimmers are welcome – buoyancy aids are provided for every lesson.

Sup2Summit offer other family-friendly activities across Angus, including a  bushcraft experience at nearby Lunan and a fantastic rock climbing experience at Kirriemuir.

Most activities, including paddle boarding, are available all year round but are weather dependant. Advance booking using their website is recommended. The team provide all the equipment you need, aside from swimwear, wet shoes and a towel.

  • Location: Montrose Basin and Wildlife Reserve, Rossie Braes, A92, Montrose, DD10 9TA
  • Opening times: Times vary and must be booked in advanced
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets
Montrose Basin

Location 4: Dinner at Park Hotel

Set within the Park Hotel, Parkers restaurant is the perfect location for a memorable family dinner. The food on the modern dinner menu uses locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, including meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruit sourced from within Angus.

Dinner options include fantastic food like the battered North Sea haddock, roast breast of Angus chicken and haggis, and vegetarian butternut squash risotto. There are tasty options to keep the kids happy too.

The restaurant has a specials board that changes daily, so there is always something to suit every taste.

  • Location: 61 John Street, Montrose, DD10 8RJ<
  • Opening times: Dinner served daily from 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Accessibility: Level access with accessible parking
Park Hotel Restaurant Montrose

DAY 3 – FORFAR AND KIRRIEMUIR

Welcome to Forfar and Kirriemuir

On Day 3, travel to Forfar, a traditional market town in an area that offers many memorable experiences for the whole family.

You will also spend some quality time 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 play park where the kids can climb aboard Captain Hook’s ship.

Travel information

Forfar is just a few minutes from the main A90 trunk road and around 30 minutes from Montrose. There are eight locations with electric vehicle charging points spread across the town.

Kirriemuir is located just 10 minutes from the main A90 dual carriageway and around 15 minutes from nearby Forfar by car or bus on the A926. Travelling around Kirriemuir is easy and especially enjoyable on foot or by bike. There are eight locations with charging points for electric vehicles across the town.

  • Murton
  • Lunch
  • Neverland
  • Peel Farm
  • Dinner

Location 1: Murton Farm and Nature Reserve

Located just outside Forfar, Murton Farm and Nature Reserve offers a whole day’s entertainment and education for the family.

Visit the farm to meet friendly animals like Dennis the adorable Kune Kune pigs, as well as goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens. And there’s more fun to be found for younger ones in the play area, with its sandpits, pedal toys, an adventure trail and outdoor toys.

Enjoy some beautiful walks around the beautiful Murton Nature Reserve. See the stunning lochs and wetlands that are home to a wide variety of birds and wildfowl, including many protected species such as the Little Ringed Plover. There are three hides from which you can watch the resident and visiting birds.

And why not try a Rucksack Ramble, available from their online shop. This is a rucksack you can hire that’s filled with items to inspire the whole family to learn and enjoy their day out. The bag includes binoculars, paper, crayons, wildlife guides, magnifying glass, a map of the site, a rug and more.

There are events for all ages at Murton, including regular monthly events, school holiday activities and opportunities to join workshops or drop in on engagement days. For more information and booking, visit the Murton Trust website.

Between the farm and nature reserve, this is an amazing place to spend the morning, whatever the weather. Even on cold winter’s days, there are things to see and do for all the family.

  • Location: Murton Trust for Education and the Environment, Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ
  • Opening times:
    • October to March: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
    • April to September: Daily, 10am to 4pm
  • Entry to the nature reserve: Free
  • Entry to the visitor farm (tickets can be purchased from Murton Tea Room):
    • Adult: £3.50
    • Child/Concession: £2.50
  • Accessibility: Most of the farm and reserve is wheelchair accessible (motorised wheelchairs are recommended). Accessible parking and toilets available.
Murton Nature Reserve

Location 2: Lunch at Murton Tea Room

After a morning of fun and adventure at the farm and nature reserve, Murton Tea Room is the ideal place to warm up with a tasty lunch and hot drink. The tea room is situated at the edge of the farm and has a relaxing view across the pond.

The whole family will enjoy their range of delicious home cooking that includes scrumptious soups and daily specials. The tea room uses as much locally sourced and seasonal produce in their dishes as possible, and their menu changes regularly to reflect this.

There is also a delicious range of baking and tasty snacks on offer, including scrumptious scones made fresh every morning.

  • Location: Murton Trust for Education and the Environment, Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible parking and toilets

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: Peel Farm

Peel Farm is a short 20 minute drive through the Angus countryside from Kirriemuir and offers entertainment for the whole family, hot food and drinks, and even somewhere to stay.

The Peel Farm Nature Trail is the ideal way to enjoy some of the best scenery that Angus has to offer. Suitable for both adults and children, the trail takes you past the red deer park and then onto view one of the waterfalls on the River Isla.

Children will love saying hello to Missy and Murphy the horses, seeing the rabbits and guinea pigs, visiting the chicken village, and feeding the resident ducks.

Pop into the Peel Farm coffee shop to grab a warming cup of tea or coffee. Fresh, locally-sourced food is also available until 4pm, and includes sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes, and plenty of options for children. Their home-made soup with home-made bread is especially perfect on colder days. There are gluten free and vegetarian options available too.

The farm shop is the perfect place to find local produce and products, including the farm’s own home-produced highland beef and lamb, hand-made chocolates and sweets, and a great selection of luxury jams, chutneys, oils, vinegars, eggs, biscuits and snacks. Stop by The Courtyard to pick up some unique gifts and souvenirs, including hand-crafted jewellery and clothing.

Peel Farm also offers wonderful self-catering lodges and glamping opportunities in scenic surroundings. The farm’s accommodation has a 4 star rating from Visit Scotland.

The self-catering steading conversions provide a comfortable and warm place for the whole family to stay, including up to two dogs. But if you’re looking for a more adventurous option for the night, try one of the farm’s fun glamping pods. Each pod is situated exclusively in its own private area and includes a wood-fired hot tub for two. The pods are not suitable for dogs, however.

  • Location: Peel Farm, Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 5JJ
  • Opening times: Open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Accessibility: Accessible parking and toilets on site. Some accommodation is wheelchair accessible (contact the farm before booking to ensure specific needs and requirements can be met).
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Location 5: Dinner at Airlie Arms Hotel

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

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 10am to 8:30pm
  • Accessibility: Disabled access
Airlie Arms Hotel, Kirriemuir

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