The Angus Tour – Enjoy Our Food and Drink

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Food and Drink

Season

  • Autumn
  • Winter

Highlights and Delights

Our exciting and diverse three-day itinerary has been created to help you discover the best food and drink experiences Angus has to offer among some of the most spectacular locations in Scotland. From Arbroath’s famous smokies and stunning coastline to an unforgettable afternoon tea at Glamis Castle, there are many unique and authentic experiences waiting for you.

DAY 1 – ARBROATH

Welcome to Arbroath

Day 1 begins in Arbroath, a traditional 12th Century fishing town famous for its smokie; a freshly caught haddock smoked over hardwood. Time your visit with one of Arbroath’s regular farmer markets that showcase the fabulous food and drink from local farmers and producers.

Travel information

Situated on the A92, 17 miles north of Dundee, Arbroath is easy to reach by car or bus and there are electric car charging points spread throughout the town. Arbroath also has excellent rail connections and is on the main Aberdeen to London line. Keen cyclists will enjoy the magnificent coastal path that takes you from Dundee all the way into Arbroath town centre.

Travelling around Arbroath is easy, whether by car, bicycle, public transport or on foot. One lane of the main dual carriageway running through the town is dedicated to cyclists and the harbour area has charging points for electric vehicles.

  • Signal Tower Museum
  • Arbroath Harbour
  • Fit o' the Toon
  • Arbroath Cliffs
  • Lunch
  • Hospitalfield
  • Dinner

Location 1: Signal Tower Museum

What better place to start than with Arbroath’s most famous delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie. Follow the Arbroath Smokie Trail, a sensory experience showcasing five key destinations for you to explore between Arbroath and Auchmithie that tell the story of the world-famous Arbroath Smokie. We recommend you download the audio guide and podcast to act as a tour guide while you experience the trail.

The first stop on the Arbroath Smokie Trail is the Signal Tower Museum where you can hear the fascinating stories of Arbroath’s maritime heritage and world-famous smokie. Located next to the harbour, the Signal Tower was the shore station and family accommodation for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, Britain’s oldest surviving rock lighthouse. Sightseeing boat trips to the lighthouse are available for groups if the weather allows.

The museum tells the story of Arbroath’s fishing and maritime industries using fascinating multimedia displays and historical objects. You can also climb the dramatic spiral staircase and visit the tower room itself. A virtual visit is available for those unable to climb the 70 steps and ladder into the room.

  • Location: Ladyloan, Arbroath, DD11 1PU
  • Opening times: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm 
  • Tours: Saturday only
  • Entry: Free but limited to groups of six
  • Accessibility: Partially suitable for visitors with limited mobility with some accessible parking available
Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Location 2: Arbroath Harbour

Take a walk around this bustling harbour to see working fishing boats land their catch or prepare for sea. Enjoy locally caught fish from the many fish and chip shops while admiring the yachts and fishing boats in the marina and watching harbour life go by.

Visit a local restaurant to experience exciting menus full of locally-caught langoustine scampi, monkfish, scallops, mackerel, as well as family favourites like haddock and cod. And of course, don’t forget to try a freshly cooked Arbroath Smokie for a truly unique and authentic Angus dining experience.

  • Location: Ladybridge Street, Arbroath, DD11 1PD
  • Accessibility: Mostly smooth flat surfaces with accessible parking bays alongside the harbour
Arbroath Harbour

Location 3: Fit o’ the Toon

The Fit o’ the Toon is the old part of the town where the Brothock Burn meets the sea. This land was given to attract fishermen to Arbroath in the 1800s and is where fishing families once lived in traditional cottages.

Today, you’ll find local fisheries selling fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy the authentic aroma from the Smoke Houses as they prepare smokies using the traditional methods passed down through generations. And then step back in time to enjoy a drink in one of the local maritime pubs like the Old Brewhouse, where fishermen would have enjoyed a hard-earned drink after a long day at sea.

  • Location: 1 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1BH
Arbroath Smokies

Location 4: Arbroath Seaton Cliffs

Experience some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Angus by walking the coastal path along the Arbroath Cliffs to the small fishing village of Auchmithie, the birthplace of the smokie. This clifftop trail offers four miles of stunning cliff-side scenery with breathtaking natural sea caves, secret coves, impressive blowholes, steep cliffs, abundant wildlife, and secluded beaches.

The trail includes 26 points of interest in total, including many unique red sandstone formations like the Deil’s Heid, a dramatic sea stack formed by differing erosion rates. These cliffs are also one of the best locations in Angus to spot a bottlenose dolphin.

  • Location: Victoria Park, Kings Drive, Arbroath, DD11 5BL
  • Accessibility: Most of the path is relatively level with a firm even surface; however, towards Carlingheugh Bay, the path is narrow and close to the cliff edge in some places
Arbroath Seaton Cliffs

Location 5: Lunch at the But n Ben, Auchmithie

The origins of the smokie began in the fishing village of Auchmithie, just north of Arbroath, where fishwives smoked fish on sticks in whisky barrels. In the late 19th century, the fisher people settled in Arbroath with the lure of better housing.

Arrive in Auchmithie in time for lunch to try an Arbroath Smokie in scenic surroundings at the But n Ben restaurant. Among the many traditional Scottish dishes on the menu, you’ll also find cream of Arbroath Smokie soup and the famous But ‘N’ Ben smokie pancake. Advance booking is required.

Before leaving Auchmithie, take some time to explore the attractive pebble beach and fascinating rock architecture that includes dramatic caves and 120ft red sandstone cliffs on which the village stands.

  • Location: Three miles northeast of Arbroath
  • Opening times (advance booking is required):
    • Monday: 12 – 2pm
    • Tuesday: Closed
    • Wednesday to Saturday: Lunch 12 – 2pm, Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm
    • Sunday: Lunch 12 – 2pm, High Tea from 4.30pm
  • Accessibility: The But n Ben restaurant is wheelchair accessible
But n Ben, Auchmithie

Location 6: Hospitalfield

You can hop on a bus in Auchmithie or return along the coastal path to visit Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House. This stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house includes a beautiful garden, fernery and cafe.

Hospitalfield Garden & Fernery is the only surviving fernery on the east coast of Scotland. Tours of its spectacular walled garden happen every Friday at 2pm. And Hospitalfield Garden Café offers an abundance of local produce, freshly prepared using homegrown vegetables and herbs straight from the garden. You can also enjoy delicious cakes served with locally roasted coffee from Arbroath’s Sacred Grounds Coffee Company.

Visit HOPE Organic Garden in Arbroath between April and December to buy organic vegetables and fruit grown on the grounds of Hospitalfield House. For more than 25 years, their garden has grown organically, thanks to support from the local community.

  • Location: Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, DD11 2NH
  • Winter opening times: 5th November to 12th December 2021 and 12th February to 3rd April 2022, 10am to 4pm
  • Entry to Garden & Fernery: £6.00 (free for children under 12 years)
  • Accessibility: Hospitalfield Gardens and Café is wheelchair accessible via a ramp into the gardens

Location 7: Dinner at The Old Boatyard, Arbroath

In the evening, you can enjoy dinner at the Old Boatyard Restaurant. This award-winning, family-run business offers fine food and unforgettable views over the harbour and sea.

The restaurant serves many different seafood delights, steaks, pasta, and seasonal specials made with local-sourced ingredients. And why not try a traditional Scottish whisky, beer or ale to end your first day exploring Angus in style.

  • Location: Fishmarket Quay, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1PS
  • Opening times: 10am to 10.30pm (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Accessibility: Accessible restaurant and bar all on one level
Old Boatyard, Arbroath

DAY 2 – FORFAR

Welcome to Forfar

Visit Forfar on Day 2 to experience a traditional market town full of history and memorable outdoor experiences. Forfar is home to a local delicacy known locally as the bridie, a hearty meat and onion pastry. This, along with the mouthwatering homemade cakes and treats available from the town’s bakers, will provide the fuel you’ll need for exploring the area’s wonderful loch, nature reserve and boutique shops.

Travel information

Forfar is just a few minutes off the A90. Travelling from Arbroath takes around 25 minutes by car or bus following the A933 and A932 through picturesque Angus countryside. Expect the journey to take just over an hour if you are cycling.

  • Meffan Museum
  • Lunch
  • Newton Farm
  • Dinner

Location 1: Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

The morning of Day 2 starts in the centre of Forfar at the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery where you will learn more about the town, including the history of the Forfar bridie. There is also a diverse range of impressive artwork on display from local, national and internationally-renowned artists.

Your visit here will let you take a stroll back in time along The Vennel, the Meffan Museum’s recreation of an old, narrow cobbled street. 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.

You will also discover the Forfar witches and learn more about the mysterious Picts, thanks to the museum’s collection of enigmatic sculptured stones.

  • 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 2: Lunch at Saddlers of Forfar

After hearing about the famous Forfar Bridie, you might be keen to try one for yourself so head to Saddlers, a popular bakers and tearoom, for lunch.

A Forfar Bridie is a simple (but delicious) hand-held meat pie made in a horseshoe shape using shortcrust pastry, with a filling of steak mince, secret seasoning, and sometimes onion.

Saddlers also offer tasty light lunches, including homemade soup, quiche, and sandwiches made to order. This bright and welcoming bakery shop also offers a large selection of cakes, including homemade biscuits and oatcakes.

And if you want to enjoy another bridie while having a wander around the town centre, pop into McLaren Bakers on Market Street or The Cross. Established in 1893, they also have a long tradition of baking the Forfar Bridie.

Saddlers of Forfar

  • Location: 35 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2EL
  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4pm 
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible toilets

McLaren Bakers

  • Locations: 
    • 22-26 Market Street, Forfar, DD8 3EW
    • ​​8 The Cross, Forfar, DD8 1BX
  • Opening times (Market Street):
    • ​​Monday: 8am-2pm
    • Tuesday: 8am-2pm
    • Wednesday: 8am-2pm
    • Thursday: 8am-1pm
    • Friday: 8am-2.30pm
    • Saturday: 7.30am-2pm
  • Opening times (The Cross):
    • ​​Monday: 8am-3pm
    • Tuesday: 8am-3pm
    • Wednesday: 8am-3pm
    • Thursday: 8am-1pm
    • Friday: 8am-3pm
    • Saturday: 7.30am-2pm
  • Accessibility: Both shops have a step at the entrance but staff assistance is available
Forfar Bridie

Location 3: Newton Farm

Spend the afternoon experiencing 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.

During your visit, you can hand-feed cows, sheep, goats, and Lucy, the micro pig. Collect eggs from the henhouse and take the friendly alpacas for a memorable walk for the full, authentic Angus farm experience.

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

Location 4: Dinner at Sinclair’s Kitchen

Set in the picturesque Angus countryside just outside Forfar, Sinclair’s Kitchen offers modern Scottish dining at its best. Enjoy a la carte dining in the elegant restaurant and hearty meals in the cosy bar.

The restaurant showcases some fantastic local produce, including wild game from the glens, Angus beef, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, and some homegrown produce too. The chefs create flavourful dishes showcasing the best ingredients Angus has to offer.

There is a carefully-curated wine list, locally brewed ales from 71 Brewing of Arbroath, locally distilled Ogilvy potato vodka and flavoured gins from The Gin Bothy, Glamis and Black Thistle Distillery from nearby Brechin.

  • Location: Foresters Seat, Arbroath Road, Forfar, DD8 2RY
  • Opening times:
    • Wednesday to Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
    • Sunday: 12pm to 9pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
Sinclair's Kitchen, Forfar

DAY 3 – GLAMIS

Welcome to Glamis

Day 3 brings you to Glamis, home to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea. This eventful final day includes a visit to a traditional Scottish Bothy to enjoy an unforgettable gin tasting session.

Travel information

Glamis is located just 5 minutes from the main A90 dual carriageway and only 10 minutes away from Forfar by car or bus along the A94. You can also reach Glamis from Forfar with a pleasant 30-minute cycle through the Angus countryside.

  • Bothy Experience
  • Glamis Castle
  • Lunch
  • Ogilvy Distillery
  • Dinner

Location 1: The Bothy Experience

Day 3 begins in style at The Bothy Experience where you will learn how award-winning gin is made and have an unforgettable tasting experience. 

You are free to explore the bothy at your own pace and can enjoy a self-guided tasting on certain days. But, for the full bothy experience, you should book a space on one of the Saturday gin tasting sessions to sample popular Gin Bothy gins and liqueurs in the cosy and rustic bothy rooms.

The Bothy Beginnings room takes you through the entire Gin Bothy journey, while their Bothy Tales room gives you an in-depth history of bothies across Scotland, with fascinating stories and songs to enjoy.

The Bothy Larder shop has locally sourced food, drinks, and carefully selected gifts, as well as takeaway hot and cold drinks. You can also pick up some treats from the Bothy Bakery before you leave for the next exciting location.

  • ​​Location: Kirkwynd, Glamis, By Forfar, DD8 1RT
  • Tours: Saturdays (booking required)
  • Entry: 
    • The Bothy Experience: Free
    • Gin tastings: £15.00
  • Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 11.00am to 5.00pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
The Bothy Experience

Location 2: Glamis Castle

The next stop is Glamis Castle, a living, breathing monument to Scottish heritage and hospitality. This castle is the childhood home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, 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 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.

  • ​​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 3: Lunch at Glamis Castle’s Victorian Kitchen

Set in the original Victorian kitchen space, Glamis Castle Kitchen offers morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in magnificent surroundings. Enjoy freshly prepared food that uses the best of seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients, including some from the estate’s own farms and gardens.

The famous Glamis Castle Kitchen afternoon tea is available from 11am to 4pm. It offers a mouthwatering selection of savoury delights such as Scottish smoked salmon and prawn on oatcakes, delicious Angus beef and horseradish sandwiches, and a very special venison bridie. Sweet treats on the afternoon tea menu include a scone with clotted cream and jam, lemon posset profiterole, and locally-made gingerbread.

On Sundays between 12pm and 3pm, you can enjoy a traditional Roast of the Day with all the trimmings.

  • ​​Location: Glamis, Forfar, DD8 1RJ
  • Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets

Location 4: Ogilvy Distillery Tour

Ogilvy Distillery, based at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm just two miles outside Glamis, produces award-winning Ogilvy Scottish potato vodka. 

Experience first-hand how the distillery’s ground-to-glass, single-estate vodka is made on the Ogilvy Distillery Tour. Jump on the Tattie Box Tours trailer and go behind the scenes to learn how the vodka is made from scratch, using farm-grown potatoes.

Your tour will finish with a tasting of their award-winning vodka after exploring their new visitor centre. You’ll find the singular spirit warm, welcoming, smooth and sweet.

  • ​​Location: Hatton of Ogilvy Farm, Glamis, DD8 1UH
  • Opening times: Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm
  • Entry: 
    • Adult (18+): £15.00
    • Concession (16/17 years): £12.00
      Visitors must be 16 or over
  • Accessibility: Fully accessible but with limited, bookable accessible spaces available on their trailer
Ogilvy Visitor Centre, Glamis

Location 5: Dinner at Armstrong’s Bar and Restaurant

After an action-packed second day, it’s time to enjoy some dinner and drinks at a wonderful local restaurant. The newly-refurbished Armstrong’s Bar and Restaurant offers an extensive menu and superb wine list to enjoy in a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere.

The dinner menu offers home-cooked Scottish cuisine using fresh, local produce and is complemented by the popular high tea, Sunday carvery and Wednesday steak night menus. 

Armstrong’s is renowned for its quality of service, affordable prices, and overall experience. Dinners recommend the traditional dishes served here for their taste and presentation, and are particularly impressed by the scallops, deer, and sirloin steak. They also mention the varied selection of wines, ales and whiskies. 

Enjoy cosy after-dinner drinks by the log burning stove. Perfect for colder nights.

  • ​​Location: Roundyhill, Glamis, DD8 1QT
  • Opening times:
    • Sunday to Thursday: 11.30am to 11pm
    • Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 1am
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
Armstrongs Restaurant, Glamis

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