No. of Days
- Outdoor Pursuits
- Coast and Waters
- Nature and Wildlife
Highlights and Delights
Our diverse three-day itinerary has been created to help you discover the best outdoor experiences Angus has to offer among some of the most spectacular locations in Scotland.
From walks in the glens and around stunning nature reserves to unforgettable farm experiences and historic buildings, there are many unique and relaxing experiences waiting for you, as well as some fantastic food and drink options.
If you are looking to explore a special part of Scotland at a slightly slower pace and create some wonderful new memories, then Angus is the perfect destination for you.
DAY 1 – MONTROSE
Welcome to Montrose
Day 1 begins in Montrose, a vibrant coastal town with lots to offer. Montrose sits on the edge of a nature reserve that’s a haven for wildfowl and wading birds. Montrose also boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
Montrose can be reached from the main A90 dual carriageway by car in around 20 minutes. Montrose is also on the coastal railway line. There are six locations with electric charging points across the town. Download the Visit Angus app for convenient access to an interactive map of electric charging points on your iOS or Android phone.
Location 1: Montrose Basin and Visitor Centre
What better place to start than with one of the area’s main attractions, Montrose Basin. It’s the ideal location for a stroll among nature.
Located just outside the town centre, Montrose Basin is a designated Local Nature Reserve with a four-star visitor centre. It offers unforgettable walks and places to sit and enjoy a picnic or just take in the stunning views across the estuary.
Covering 750 hectares, the basin is home to over 80,000 migratory birds, including pink-footed geese, common terns, and kingfishers. The estuary supports various breeding colonies in the spring and summer months, including sand martins, common terns, and eider.
Four remote bird hides spread across the reserve offer prime locations to take a seat, relax, and see some of these special bird species for yourself. You may even spot a seal or two.
- Location: Rossie Braes, Montrose, DD10 9TA
- Opening times (Mid-February to 31st October):
Reserve walks and hides: Always open
Visitor centre: Daily, 10.30am to 5pm
Children (under 16 years): Free
- Accessibility: Partial disabled access with accessible parking and toilets at the visitor centre
Location 2: Lunch at the Pavilion Cafe
Located just a few minutes’ walk from Montrose town centre, Pavilion Café offers a warm welcome and delicious, homemade food in a unique setting. The café is based in a former Victorian bowling pavilion converted into a sympathetic café set in lovely gardens. The tables by the window have a lovely, peaceful view, even when the sun isn’t shining.
Some of the popular options from the menu include homemade scones, garlic mushrooms on sourdough, and fresh meringues. The food is prepared using fresh, locally-sourced produce. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are usually available.
In the warmer months, you can buy a picnic hamper full of tasty food and treats to enjoy al fresco in one of the area’s scenic outdoor spots.
Known in the area for its relaxed atmosphere and freshly-prepared food, the café also has a reputation for friendly, hard-working and attentive staff.
- Location: Melville Gardens, Montrose DD10 8HG
- Opening times (booking recommended): Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 3pm
- Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets and adjacent on-street parking
Location 3: Wild South Esk
Wild South Esk is a new wildlife trail that takes you from the Cairngorm Mountains to the North Sea along the River South Esk. This part of Scotland is home to some of the country’s most memorable walks, stunning scenery, and iconic species, including golden eagles, wildcats, red squirrels, grey seals, otters, bottlenose dolphins and pink-footed geese.
The trail is 50 miles long with ten sites to explore, including Ferryden, the Lurgies at Montrose Basin, Inch Park in Brechin, Angus Hill near Aberlemno, Cortachy, Tulloch Hill (Airlie Monument), Glen Prosen, Gella Bridge, Glen Clova (Loch Brandy), and Corrie Fee.
Each location on the trail offers walks of varying lengths, and opportunities for some remarkable cycling experiences. You’ll come across some beautifully-illustrated interpretation panels on your travels. These tell the fascinating story of the Scottish species and habitats you may see on the trail.
In addition to the many natural sights and sounds, you will also see castles, monuments, and charming villages as you explore the Wild South Esk locations.
The Wild South Esk website provides even more information, plus an interactive map so you can carefully plan out your South Esk experience. Bespoke itineraries, including special bird trails and seasonal trails, are also available.
Location 4: Dinner at Roo’s Leap
Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Australian-themed Roos’ Leap restaurant that offers the most laid back dining experience in Angus. The eclectic menu has an impressive selection of delicious international food.
The restaurant uses fresh ingredients cooked to order, with fish bought directly from the local market and burgers and steaks made from pure Aberdeen Angus meat. 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, original vegetarian and vegan food.
Enjoy a relaxing beer, spirit, cocktail or wine in the beer garden or inside the restaurant at the bar. Expect a friendly and efficient service too. Roo’s Leap is ideally located for a walk after dinner along nearby Montrose Beach.
- Location: 2 Traill Drive, Montrose, Angus, DD10 8SW
- Opening times:
Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 10:30am (breakfasts), 12pm to 10:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am to 10:30am (breakfasts), 12pm to 9pm
- Accessibility: No disabled access
DAY 2 – FORFAR
Welcome to Forfar
Visit Forfar on Day 2 to enjoy some memorable outdoor activities, including walks around a popular nature reserve, a special farm experience, and a visit to an ancient church. The town is known for a local delicacy called the Forfar Bridie, a hearty meat and onion pastry.
Forfar is just a few minutes off the A90. Travelling from Montrose takes around 30 minutes by car or bus following the A935 and A90. There are eight locations with electric vehicle charging points spread across the town.
Location 1: Farm Tour at Newton Farm
Spend the morning 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, interactive and authentic farm experience to inspire young and old. 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. Their family has been farming here for four generations.
During your visit, you can hand-feed cows, sheep, goats, and Lucy, the micro pig. Collect eggs from the henhouse and enjoy the ‘Feeding Frenzy’ experience at feeding time.
And for the full, authentic Angus farm experience, take the friendly alpacas for a memorable walk and then take part in the new highland cow and alpaca experience. This includes hands-on grooming and feeding the farm’s highland cows and alpacas.
From March to May, the tour includes a ‘Lambing Special’ when you can feed lambs and baby goats at various times throughout the day. In early spring, you may be lucky and see a newborn lamb, kid, or calf take their very first staggering steps.
This is a truly memorable and unique opportunity to discover what daily life is like on a Scottish farm and where your food comes from throughout the seasons.
- Location: Inverarity, Forfar, Angus, Scotland, DD8 2JU
- Opening times: Farm tours available most days (booking required)
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
Location 2: Lunch at Murton Tearoom
Murton Tearoom is situated at the edge of Murton Farm and Nature Reserve and is the ideal place to sit back and enjoy lunch while taking in the view across the pond. The tearoom has a large decked area where you can enjoy your meal al-fresco.
The tearoom offers a range of fantastic home cooking that includes lunch favourites like baked potatoes and sandwiches, as well as delicious daily specials. There is also a delicious range of baking and tasty snacks on offer, including their popular sweet and savoury scones made fresh every morning. People also recommend their homemade cheesecake.
Murton Tearoom uses as much locally sourced and seasonal produce in their dishes as possible, and their menu changes regularly to reflect this. Vegetarian options are available.
You can take your order away with you to enjoy at the picnic tables in the nature reserve.
- Location: Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ
- Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
- Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible parking and toilets
Location 3: Murton Farm and Nature Reserve
Murton Farm and Nature Reserve offers hours of relaxing and enjoyable nature-oriented experiences.
Get a taste of life on the farm and meet some friendly farm animals, including Dennis, the adorable Kune Kune pig. You will also meet goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens during your visit.
Then, enjoy a pleasant one hour walk around the beautiful Murton Nature Reserve. See the stunning lochs and wetlands, home to a wide variety of birds and wildfowl, including many protected species such as the Little Ringed Plover. There are three hides you can use to take a seat, relax and watch the resident and visiting birds.
Stop by the wildflower meadow in the spring and summer months to see a riot of colourful wildflowers, including bellflowers, cornflowers, and orchids. This is a beautiful feature of the reserve that encourages bumblebees, butterflies, and many other insects to come out.
You can enjoy lunch or some post-walk snacks and drinks at the reserve’s picnic area.
- Location: Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ
- Opening times:
1st April to 16th October: Daily, 10am to 4pm
- Entry to the nature reserve: Free
- Entry to the visitor farm: Check pricing on website
- Accessibility: Most of the farm and reserve is wheelchair accessible (motorised wheelchairs are recommended). Accessible parking and toilets available.
Location 4: Restenneth Priory
Around a mile or so from Murton, you’ll find Restenneth Priory, a sacred place of enduring importance that dates back to King Nechtan of the Picts, who came to the throne in 706. Much of the church we see today dates from the 1200s.
This is the site of an ancient church that enjoyed royal favour. Alexander I had the Annals of Iona transferred to the priory in the 1100s, and Robert the Bruce buried his young son, Prince John, here in the 1300s.
Enjoy a memorable and relaxing stroll around the remains of this fascinating location while steeping yourself in ancient Scottish history.
- Location: Montrose Road/B9113, Forfar, DD8 2SZ
- Opening times: Open all year round
- Entry: Free
- Accessibility: Accessible parking. Some unpaved and uneven surfaces.
Location 5: Dinner at Sinclair’s Kitchen
Set in the picturesque Angus countryside just outside Forfar, Sinclair’s Kitchen is a gastropub that offers modern Scottish dining at its best. Enjoy a la carte dining in the elegant restaurant or 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. 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 10:30pm (dinner served from 5pm to 9pm)
Sunday: 12pm to 9pm (food served all day)
- Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
DAY 3 – ANGUS GLENS
Welcome to the Angus Glens
Day 3 brings you to the stunning Angus Glens. Whether you’re walking or cycling, the glens have routes for all abilities in some of the UK’s most outstanding scenery. From short strolls to long hikes, you’ll find the perfect walk for you here. And if you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll love the narrow twisting roads and incredible views.
You can travel into the Angus Glens from various points, but visitors often use Kirriemuir as a base or starting point. The town is known as the ‘Gateway to the Glens’.
Kirriemuir is located just 10 minutes from the main A90 dual carriageway and only 15 minutes away from nearby Forfar by car or bus. There are eight locations with charging points for electric vehicles across the town.
Location 1: Enjoy a walk in the Angus Glens
A two hour walk from Kirriemuir’s town centre using the extensive path network will take you into Glen Prosen, one of the lesser-known and quieter glens. Walk this route to see the Scott-Wilson Memorial and Airlie Monument and enjoy stunning views across to Glen Clova, Glen Prosen and south towards Kirriemuir and Forfar.
Experienced walkers looking for a full day’s walk can head through Glen Clova to reach Corrie Fee in Glen Doll. Some paths within the Glens were closed due to fallen trees as a result of winter storms, including the path leading to Corrie Fee. Check the Angus Alive website before you travel to confirm that the path is open.
Corrie Fee is an incredible national nature reserve is considered one of the most picturesque and dramatic locations in Scotland; a massive bowl scooped out from the rugged mountainside by a glacier during the Ice Age. Contact the Glen Doll Ranger Centre in advance for routes and guides.
Part of the magic of exploring the Angus Glens is ‘munro bagging’. This is a popular pastime in Scotland where walking enthusiasts challenge themselves to climb as many of the peaks as they can. Munros are mountains over 3,000 ft (914.4m).
There are also many cycling opportunities in the Angus Glens, from short and reasonably flat road cycles to all-day cycles for advanced cyclists.
And if you don’t have your own bike, you can reserve a mountain bike or electric bike from Lintrathen Cycles. They are based in a small rural village at the foot of the Angus Glens.
Places to Eat
There are local cafes and restaurants to enjoy while exploring the Angus Glens. You may consider including this in your plans for your day trip.
Stop in at Peel Farm Coffee Shop for delicious home cooking and cakes or visit Wee Bear Cafe which is dog-friendly, both located near Loch of Lintrathen and a perfect stop when exploring Airlie Monument and Scott Wilson Memorial.
If you’re planning a visit into Glen Clova, Corrie Fee or Loch Brandy in Glen Doll, then rest your legs and enjoy local food and drink at Glen Clova Hotel.
Location 2: Dinner at Glen Clova Hotel
After an active afternoon, it’s time to relax and enjoy some well-earned dinner and drinks in Glen Clova Hotel’s rustic Climbers Bar or their grand Glen Logie restaurant.
Both the bar and the restaurant offer an impressive selection of Scottish and international dishes freshly prepared using a range of locally-sourced and seasonal produce.
From the lemon and black pepper scampi to exciting vegetarian options like the Sichuan vegetables and noodles, there is something on the Climbers Bar menu to please all tastes. You’ll find the bar to be authentic, original and very homely.
The bar offers a selection of gins from the nearby Gin Bothy, spirits from Ogilvy Vodka, local ales from Burnside Brewery, and the hotel’s own Clova Ale.
The hotel’s Glen Logie Restaurant showcases a blend of traditional home-cooked fayre and modern classics with a twist, including slow-cooked beef steak, chilli and lime coated chicken, and vegetable and chickpea Jalfrezi. With its huge bay window looking over the beautiful Angus Glens, the main restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy expertly cooked local produce after an unforgettable day’s walking or cycling.
You can also book a table for dinner at their Brandy Bothy, where you can enjoy your meal with spectacular views over their outside decking area and the countryside. The same high-quality food served in the main restaurant is also served in the Brandy Bothy.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available throughout the hotel’s dining facilities. Climbers Bar and the Brandy Bothy are dog-friendly.
- Location: Glen Clova, Near Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4QS
- Dinner service (booking required):
Monday to Friday: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12pm to 8pm
- Accessibility: Accessible entrance