Montrose Heritage Trail

Starting at the steeple, this 90 minute heritage trail will take you on a historical journey through the Royal Burgh of Montrose.

King David I founded the burgh and port between 1130 and 1140 to serve Angus and the Mearns. The High Street, the oldest planned settlement, was uniquely laid out on a shingle ridge forming the highest part of a peninsula between the tidal basin and the North Sea. To the east is windblown sand, to the west, clay and the highest point near the parish church is about 40 feet above sea level. The natural harbour and rich agricultural hinterland enabled Montrose to flourish as a port. Early exports were skins, hides and cured salmon.

Follow the heritage trail around Montrose to discover the town’s fascinating past.

Heritage Trail

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