Explore The Heart of Angus

Discover castles, countryside and outstanding cuisine in and around the Angus towns of Kirriemuir, Glamis and Forfar.

Kirriemuir

Start your day with a selfie with Rock God, Bon Scott, the legendary lead singer of ACDC, who was brought up in Kirriemuir before emigrating to Australia with his family when he was seven. A statue now stands in his honour, only yards from where the young Bon would pretend he was one of the drummers in the local pipe band when they played in the town square.

Having brushed shoulders with one of Kirrie’s famous sons, why not enjoy coffee and cake at the award-winning 88 Degrees, one of several cafés in the centre of the town. Then either drive or walk up The Roods to Kirrie Hill for fabulous views across the Strathmore Valley to the south and, to the north, the mighty Cairngorms.

Kirrie Hill features one of the UK’s last working Cameras Obscuras, gifted to the town by another of its famous sons, Sir JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. Now run by the local community, step inside the dark room at the top of Kirrie Camera Obscura and watch the large canvas come to life, as if by magic!

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Bon Scott statue
Discover the history behind Bon Scott
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Kirriemuir Camera Obscura
Step into the Dark room and watch the canvas come to life.
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88 Degrees
Award winning café in Kirrie

Peel Farm

From Kirriemuir, follow the B954 towards Glenisla, past Peel Farm coffee shop, parking just north of the Craigisla Bridge. A signposted path leads to two stunning waterfalls which hit the deep pool at the bottom with such force, there’s a permanent haze of mist around the spot, hence the name – Reekie Linn.

Reekie Linn

Return to Peel Farm for lunch – try their homemade soup or one of their traditional Scottish dishes made with local produce.

Peel Farm has a well-stocked farm shop selling its own beef, lamb and vegetables as well as a variety of local and Scottish produce. And as if that’s not enough, Peel Farm is also home of the Gin Bothy, gin distilled in Angus and flavoured with the local berries, fruit and other special ingredients.

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Peel Farm Holidays
A well stocked farm shop and great place to eat.

Glamis Castle

Widely acknowledged as Scotland’s most beautiful (and, some would say, most haunted) castle, Glamis Castlehas been inhabited by the Earls of Strathmore since the 14th century.

Tours of the castle, from the medieval banqueting hall to the drawing room where today’s Queen played with her sister when they were children, are led by highly knowledgeable guides – who might tell a few ghost stories!

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Glamis Castle
Local Castle with lots of history behind it.

Balmashanner Hill, Forfar

A 10-minute drive will take you into Forfar and The Reid Park – gifted to the town by a very successful sweetie maker. Balmashanner Hill, known locally as ‘Bummie’, is at the end of the park and a short climb will take you to the War Memorial at the top. From here, weather permitting, you can see the Angus Glens, several Munroes and the beautiful Angus countryside.

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Balmashanner War Memorial
A stunning location and lots of history attached.

Dinner

Forfar has a variety of eating places, catering for all tastes and all budgets while providing an excellent choice of local food and drink.

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Travel Information

It is possible to travel to Forfar, Kirriemuir and Glamis by bus from Arbroath and Dundee, both of which have railway stations.  Find out more about travelling by train to Arbroath, and Dundee. Find out about bus travel in Angus here.

Kirriemuir, Forfar and Glamis are situated just off the A90 (the main route from Dundee to Aberdeen) with ample parking and good roads.

The roads in this area are popular with cyclists.