The Angus Tour – Taste our Delicious Food and Drink

No. of Days

3

Transport

 

Theme

  • Food and Drink

Season

  • Spring
  • Summer

Highlights and Delights

Our 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 welcoming locations in Scotland.

From charming restaurants and vibrant bars to rustic farm shops and cosy coffee shops, Angus offers many unforgettable and uniquely Scottish food and drink experiences.

DAY 1 – GLAMIS

Welcome to Glamis

Day 1 begins in Glamis, home to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The castle’s kitchen restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or a memorable afternoon tea.

This eventful first day also 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. There are no charging points for electric vehicles in the village, but nearby Forfar has eight locations with electric vehicle charging points spread 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.

  • Bothy Experience
  • Lunch
  • Ogilvy Distillery
  • Dinner

Location 1: The Bothy Experience

The first day begins in style at The Bothy Experience, a four-star Visit Scotland attraction where you will learn how award-winning gin is made and enjoy a memorable tasting experience.

You are free to explore the bothy at your own pace and can even enjoy a self-guided tasting on certain days. But, for the full bothy experience, book a space on a gin tasting session 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 the 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, gifts, and hot and cold drinks to take away. You can also pick up some treats from the Bothy Bakery before you leave.

  • ​​Location: Kirkwynd, Glamis, By Forfar, DD8 1RT
  • Entry:

The Bothy Experience: Free
Gin tastings: £15.00 – £20.00

  • Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 11.00am to 5.00pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
The Bothy Experience

Location 2: Lunch at Glamis Castle’s Victorian Kitchen

The Victorian Kitchen Restaurant offers morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the magnificent surroundings of Glamis Castle’s original Victorian kitchen space. 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 includes 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.

The main menu includes an impressive choice of lunch options, including lighter meals like soup, sandwiches, and salad platters. The Scottish seafood salad platter is the perfect opportunity to try some local favourites like kiln-smoked salmon, herring, mackerel and prawns.

There are also more filling options available like burgers, slow-cooked Angus beef and a special Glamis Bridie. There are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available too. And on Sundays between 12pm and 3pm, you can enjoy a traditional Roast of the Day with all the trimmings.

The restaurant also offers picnic boxes filled with a selection of delicious options from their lunch menu to enjoy outdoors. Picnic boxes must be ordered in advance.

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

Location 3: Ogilvy Distillery Tour

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

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

You’ll get to see where the distillery cook, ferment and distil their vodka, and discover how they add the finishing touches to the process by bottling and labelling each product by hand.

The tour takes around 1.5 hours and finishes 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 (booking required): Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm
  • Entry:

Adult (18+): £16.00
Concession (16/17 years): £13.00
Visitors must be 16 or over

  • Accessibility: Fully accessible but with limited, bookable accessible spaces available on their trailer
Ogilvy Visitor Centre, Glamis

Location 4: Dinner at Armstrong’s Bar and Restaurant

After a busy first day, it’s time to relax and enjoy dinner and drinks at the wonderful Armstrong’s Restaurant & Bar. This newly-refurbished bar and restaurant has an extensive dinner menu and superb wine list, as well as a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere.

The dinner menu includes fine, home-cooked Scottish cuisine that uses fresh, local produce. The main menu 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 enjoyable atmosphere. Diners recommend the traditional dishes served here for their taste and presentation, and are particularly impressed by the scallops, deer, and sirloin steak, and also mention the varied selection of wines, ales and whiskies.

  • ​​Location: Roundyhill, Glamis, DD8 1QT
  • Opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 11.30am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.30am to 1am
Sunday: 12:30pm to 11pm

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
Armstrongs Restaurant, Glamis

DAY 2 – FORFAR

Welcome to Forfar

Day 2 begins in Forfar, a traditional market town full of history and memorable experiences. Discover ancient buildings like the Pictish fort at Castle Hill and learn more about the Forfar witches. The town has many excellent places to eat.

You will also spend some time in Memus, a small village near Kirriemuir.

Travel information

Forfar is just a few minutes from the main A90 trunk road. Travelling from Glamis takes around 10 minutes by car on the A94 or around 30 minutes by bicycle. There are eight locations with electric vehicle charging points spread across the town.

Memus is a short 15-minute drive from Forfar through some picturesque countryside.

  • Kinnettles Tea
  • Lunch
  • Newton Farm
  • Shopping
  • Dinner

Location 1: Kinnettles Tea Garden or Forfar Farmers’ Market

Kinnettles Tea Garden

Start Day 2 with one of the finest cups of tea available in Angus. Believe it or not, tea can be successfully grown in Scotland! See for yourself at Kinnettles Tea Garden, a working family farm situated in the beautiful countryside between Glamis and Forfar.

Kinnettles Gold Tea is Scotland’s first 100% pure black tea, grown, plucked and handmade on the Kinnettles farm. The tea is produced from specially selected tea seeds imported from Nepal and Georgia. These cold-tolerant seeds have good tap roots that can cope with the Scottish climate.

Take the Kinnettles Tea Tour to see the beautiful walled garden, polytunnels and greenhouse and learn more about how the tea is grown, plucked, and rolled. This two-hour educational tour includes a tea tasting session and tea and cake to enjoy afterwards.

  • ​​Location: Walker-Munro Farms, Kinnettles, DD8 1TR
  • Entry: £30.00 per person (booking required at least two days in advance) and tours take place on Wednesday. Minimum of two people per booking. If you have children under 10, please contact Kinnettles Tea Garden before booking.
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with assistance (contact in advance and staff will be happy to help)

Forfar Farmers Market

If your visit to Angus happens to be on the second Saturday of the month, then a visit to the Forfar Farmers Market is highly recommended.

Discover a range of fantastic local produce from around 50 exhibitors at this vibrant indoor market. There’s so much on offer here, including food, drink, crafts, fresh meat, fish, and vegetables.

This popular market is not just about food. It also provides a platform for ‘makers’ of items like soap, jewellery, woollen clothing and artwork.

  • Location: Strathmore Hall, 48 John Street, Forfar, DD8 3EZ
  • Opening times: Second Saturday of each month, 9am until 1pm
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Location 2: Lunch at Panzerotti Cafe

Enjoy authentic Italian pizza and pasta dishes at the popular and authentically Italian Panzerotti’s Cafe located next to Forfar Loch.

The varied menu features a delicious choice of freshly-made pizza, bread, spaghetti, paninis, cannoli, pastries, and many more tempting lunch options. Their specials include a steak burger in a focaccia bun.

People recommend Panzerotti’s for the authentic food, friendly service, and relaxed atmosphere. A children’s menu is available, and there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options too.

Enjoy a walk around the loch after lunch before moving on to the next location.

  • Location: Unit 3a, Craig O’Loch Road, Forfar, DD8 1BT
  • Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets

Location 3: Newton Farm Tour

Spend the afternoon sampling 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 farm. You can hand-feed cows, sheep, goats, and Lucy, the micro pig during your visit and even collect eggs from the henhouse. And why not take the friendly alpacas for a memorable walk for the full, authentic Angus farm experience.

Dogs are welcome on the standard tour around the farm; however, advance notice is required when booking your place on the tour.

After your tour, head next door to the Artisana Brownie Barn to pick up some delicious handmade gourmet brownies.

  • Location: Inverarity, Forfar, Angus, Scotland, DD8 2JU
  • Opening times: Farm tours are available most days at 3pm (booking required)
  • Entry:

Adult (13 years+): £12.50
Child (3-12yrs): £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: Farm Shops

Angus has some of the richest agricultural land in Scotland, which makes our crops and livestock world-class. Buying goods directly from farm shops guarantees freshness and cuts down on food miles.

Foster’s Farm Shop & Cafe

Located just outside of Forfar on the Old Brechin Road, Foster’s Farm Shop & Cafe is home to Owen’s Angus Jams, a family run business focusing on making wholesome jams and marmalades using traditional methods. Alongside these you’ll find a great range of local produce and home baking. The cafe offers delicious home cooking too.

  • Location: Unit 1, Old Brechin Road, Forfar, DD8 3DX
  • Opening times:

Thursday to Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Mill of Inverarity Farm Shop

Located just 10 minutes from Forfar, Mill of Inverarity Farm Shop offers home-produced beef, lamb, free-range eggs, and other local produce. They also have plenty of sweet treats on offer, including traybakes, brownies, ice cream, and fudge.

  • ​​​​Location: Mill of Inverarity Farm, Inverarity, DD8 2JN
  • Opening times:

Monday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Friday: 10:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Location 5: Dinner at Drovers Inn, Memus

Memus is a small village set within the heart of the beautiful Angus countryside, just 10 minutes from Kirriemuir. It’s home to Drovers Inn, a traditional inn with a special atmosphere, offering rustic charm and character as well as delicious bar food and fine dining.

Enjoy up to four mouthwatering courses in the elegant dining rooms or a relaxing drink and food from the bar menu in the quaint and cosy bar. Popular dishes with locals and visitors include steak, venison, and the blue cheese and spinach gnocchi.

With a passion for food and drink, the Drovers believe in exceptional service and hospitality, sourcing food locally and wherever possible from farms and producers they know and trust. The inn has a great wine list and some fine beers.

  • Location: Memus, by Forfar, DD8 3TY Forfar
  • Opening times: Daily, 12 noon to 9pm, booking recommended
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets
Drovers Inn, Memus

DAY 3 – ARBROATH

Welcome to Arbroath

Travel to Arbroath on Day 3 and enjoy spending time in a traditional 12th century fishing town famous for the Arbroath Smokie, a freshly caught haddock smoked over hardwood.

Time your visit with one of Arbroath’s traditional Sunday farmers markets (1st May, 29th May, 31st July and 28th August) to enjoy fabulous food and drink from local farmers and producers.

Travel information

Situated on the A92, 17 miles north of Dundee and 55 miles south of Aberdeen, Arbroath is easy to reach by car or bus. The town is a 25-minute drive through the pleasant Angus countryside from Forfar.

Travelling around Arbroath is easy, whether by car, bicycle, public transport or on foot. There are charging points for electric vehicles throughout the town, including the harbour area.

  • Smokie Trail
  • Lunch
  • Arbikie
  • Dinner

Location 1: Arbroath Smokie Trail

Where better to start than with the area’s most famous delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie. Spend a pleasant morning following the Arbroath Smokie Trail, a sensory experience featuring five key destinations between Arbroath and Auchmithie that tell the story of the world-famous Arbroath Smokie.

This trail boasts magnificent views of the Angus coastline and introduces you to some of the best places to enjoy the Smokie. We recommend you download the audio guide and podcast to act as a tour guide while you experience the trail.

Signal Tower Museum
The first stop on the Arbroath Smokie Trail is the Signal Tower Museum, where you’ll hear the fascinating stories of Arbroath’s maritime heritage and world-famous Smokie. The Signal Tower was the shore station and family accommodation for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, Britain’s oldest surviving rock lighthouse.

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

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 boats in the marina and watching harbour life go by.

Visit a local restaurant to experience menus full of locally-caught langoustine scampi, monkfish, scallops, mackerel, and 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 food experience.

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

The 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.

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

Arbroath 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.

You’ll see many unique red sandstone formations here, such as 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

Auchmithie
Auchmithie was first mentioned in parish records in the 13th century and would have been part of the Abbott of Aberbrothock lands that were tied to Arbroath Abbey.

Auchmithie’s natural harbour had supported a fishing industry long before Arbroath was seen as the primary location for the fishing fleet. The story goes that ships and raiders from Scandinavia often came to Auchmithie and some even settled here. These settlers may have brought their own ways of preserving their catch, including smoking the haddock over a whisky barrel, a method still used in Scandinavia today.

This traditional method of smoking the fish originated in Auchmithie and is still used today to give Arbroath Smokies their delicious smokey flavour.

  • Location: Auchmithie, Arbroath, DD11 5SQ
Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Location 2: Lunch at the But n Ben, Auchmithie

The But n Ben is a homely restaurant serving traditional Scottish food. Set in the charming sleepy village of Auchmithie, this hidden gem offers a friendly, informal atmosphere and great food.

The restaurant is known for its seafood dishes, traditional Scottish country cooking, and home-baked cakes. Naturally, you’ll find the local delicacy served here, the Arbroath Smokie. You can enjoy a traditional buttered Arbroath Smokie or have your Smokie served in a soup or even a savoury pancake.

There are fresh mussels and oysters from Shetland and the west coast on the menu, as well as crab and lobster caught in local waters. The venison and game are sourced from the estates around Royal Deeside, and they also serve Aberdeen Angus beef. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are sourced from the surrounding farms.

The impressive lunch menu offers nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options too.

  • Location: Auchmithie, Arbroath, DD11 5SQ
  • Lunch service (booking required): Daily, 12pm to 2pm
  • Accessibility: Partial disabled access
But n Ben, Auchmithie

Location 3: Arbikie Distillery Experience

The Arbikie Highland Estate is a family-owned, working farm in Inverkeilor, not far from Arbroath. The Stirling family has been farming at Arbikie since the 1920s when Bill Stirling moved to the area.

Today, the 2,000-acre estate is owned and operated by three brothers, John, Iain and David, who first conceived the idea of building a distillery on the property over a few drinks on a night out in New York. Their ambition was to produce the finest malt whisky in Scotland using a farm-to-bottle process, which is made possible because they own the fields and water source.

Their sustainable, field-to-bottle distillery was created from an ancient barn building. The first spirit to run off the still was a potato vodka using Maris Pipers and King Edwards grown on the farm, followed later by gin and whisky. The family believe there was a distillery operational in the area as far back as 1720, although the earliest record of a site is a map from 1794.

Their innovative products for sale today include Nadar Vodka, a climate-positive vodka made from peas, Harr vodka made from Zulu wheat, and a special strawberry vodka that’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. All using ingredients grown on the farm or in the local area.

You can enjoy a tour of the distillery and farm at their visitor centre. Book a whisky, gin and vodka, or cocktail experience to learn more about their fascinating field-to-bottle process and taste their high-quality spirits for yourself.

  • Location: Arbikie Distillery, Arbroath, DD10 9TR
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm
  • Tour prices: £20 – £25
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Location 4: Dinner at Andreou’s Bistro

Located on Arbroath’s High Street, the popular Andreou’s Bistro offers authentic Greek and Mediterranean food in a comfortable, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu at Andreou’s offers a great choice of tasty, fresh, homemade dishes full of flavour and local produce. All of the fish, vegetables and meat are sourced from within a ten-mile radius of the restaurant.

Choose from a wide range of options, including tapas, Fournos pies, gyros, meze, souvlaki, pittas, burgers and more. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available too.

Whichever option you pick from the exciting dinner menu, you’ll experience their passion for cooking Greek food and desire to bring some of the best experiences from Cypriot dining to Angus.

People recommend Andreou’s Bistro not only for the quality of food and wine but also for the high standard of service so your experience here should be the perfect way to end the day.

  • Location: 57 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AN
  • Opening times:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5pm to 9pm
Thursday: 12pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm
Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

  • Accessibility: Disabled access
Andreous’ Bistro, Arbroath

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