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A big shoutout to all the incredible businesses who generously contributed prizes for our Visit Angus advent calendar in 2023 and made it a huge success!

Thousands of you entered our daily competitions, and 22 lucky winners ended the year with a smile on their faces.

Without the support of our outstanding local businesses here in Angus, the advent calendar which you all love simply would not be possible. Read on to find out more about the participating businesses in 2023.

Discover the vibrant culture, exciting sports, and leisurely pursuits that ANGUSalive brings to Angus! From captivating performances at various venues including the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, to the breathtaking beauty of Forfar Loch, Monikie and Crombie country parks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Explore fascinating museum exhibitions, check out our libraries and get active in our sports centres across Angus, all under the care of ANGUSalive.

Looking for a place to indulge in hearty breakfasts, exciting lunches, and delicious evening meals? WeeCOOK, located at Barry Downs Holiday Park near Carnoustie, offer a variety of food options including award-winning pies, hanger kebabs, and a secret seafood menu. Join them for an unforgettable dining experience.

Escape to The Royal Hotel in Forfar and indulge in a blissful retreat. Unwind in comfortable rooms, take a dip in the heated pool, pamper yourself in the jacuzzi bath, and stay active in the well-equipped gym. Savour the taste of locally sourced ingredients in the hotel restaurant, serving up delightful breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and indulgent afternoon teas.

Links Hotel, Montrose
Image: Links Hotel, Montrose

Enjoy a touch of Victorian elegance at the fabulous Links Hotel in Montrose. Nestled on the historic Mid Links, this charming hotel is just a stone’s throw from the world’s 5th oldest golf course and a short walk to the town centre. Indulge in comfortable rooms, delightful dining, and a relaxing lounge bar.

Discover the serenity of Peel Farm near Kirriemuir. Enjoy a bite to eat in the cosy coffee shop serving mouth-watering homemade delicacies, stroll through the gift and farm shop, brimming with an array of treasures, find solace in the self-catering holiday accommodation, and immerse yourself in the outdoors as you follow the nature trail.

Escape to the stunning countryside at Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort. Indulge in luxury self-catering lodges or experience a unique glamping adventure in the Shepherd Huts. Treat yourself to delicious meals at the fabulous on-site restaurant, and don’t forget to enjoy some fishing and golf. Your perfect getaway awaits!

Exterior shot of House of Dun
Image: House of Dun

Discover the rich history and natural beauty of House of Dun near Montrose. Step back in time as costumed guides take you on a captivating tour of this Georgian mansion house, built in 1743. Don’t miss the Angus Folk Collection in the courtyard and be sure to explore the breathtaking gardens and woodland. A must-visit for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Experience the delightful flavours of award-winning Gin Bothy at The Bothy Experience in the charming village of Glamis. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Scottish Bothies as you embark on this gin-filled journey. Don’t miss the chance to taste exquisite gins in the tasting rooms at Glamis or bring home a bottle from the Bothy Larder shop. Gin lovers can also now visit the newly opened Bothy Larder in Forfar as well!

Experience the magic of Arbikie Distillery near Arbroath. With breathtaking views of Lunan Bay, this sustainable, field to bottle distillery is a true gem. Discover the world’s first climate-positive gin and vodka, crafted from peas, and enjoy an unforgettable tour of whisky, gin and vodka production.

Plate of food at Andreou's Bistro, Arbroath
Image: Andreou’s Bistro, Arbroath

Indulge in the flavours of Greece and the Mediterranean at Andreou’s in Arbroath! Experience the warm and cosy atmosphere while savouring traditional homemade cuisine. The menu caters to all diets, offering a delightful array of Cypriot-inspired dishes including fish, meat, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, for a culinary journey like no other.

Experience the thrill of a chauffeur-driven adventure with Rewaco Trikes Scotland. Explore the breathtaking hills and glens, soaking in the magnificent views, and discover castles, distilleries and mesmerising coastal scenery. Choose from a selection of pre-planned tours or create a tailor-made journey just for you.

Step inside Angus Alchemy, who aim to disrupt and shake up what it looks and feels like to be a distillery and to create a visitor experience unlike any you’ll find elsewhere in Scotland. Just off the A92 near Carnoustie, a 10-minute drive from Dundee, is where you’ll find them waiting for you – with glasses charged and a fully stocked bar.

Image: Arbroath Cliff Tours

Angus Grill + Larder is a contemporary café serving local food in a casual and friendly atmosphere just off the A90, 3 miles South of Brechin. Serving everything from breakfast to mid-morning cake and coffee, to lunch all the way through to an early dinner, the menu features a variety of burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches and amazing salads that will make you enjoy being healthy.

Join Arbroath Cliff Tours on an unforgettable adventure to discover the captivating Arbroath Cliffs and their hidden underground wonders. Explore enchanting sea caves, marvel at ancient stalactites, encounter diverse sea life, and immerse yourself in the tales of Arbroath’s smuggling era.

Escape to the charming village of Edzell and experience the ultimate getaway at Glenesk Hotel. Indulge in top-notch facilities, from the luxurious leisure club to the delectable restaurant, serving mouth-watering modern British classics made with love from locally sourced Scottish seasonal produce.

Image: Alpacas at Newton Farm

Experience farm life at its finest at Newton Farm! Discover self-catering and B&B accommodation nestled in the heart of a working Angus farm. Whether you choose a rural getaway or a fun-filled day visit, their unique farm experiences will leave you with unforgettable memories. Immerse yourself in an interactive farm tour, enjoy alpaca walking, get up close with highland cows, or indulge in a hands-on feeding frenzy.

Step back in time and discover the captivating history of Barry Mill, a water-powered mill near Carnoustie that operated until 1982. Step inside this iconic landmark to learn about the demanding job of being a miller and marvel at the ingenious engineering that sustained its business. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the scenic walks along the nearby burn, where you might encounter a variety of fascinating wildlife.

Discover the enchanting birthplace of Sir JM Barrie, the author behind the beloved Peter Pan tale. Step into Barrie’s childhood home, a charming, whitewashed cottage in Kirriemuir. Immerse yourself in Barrie’s fascinating journey and get a glimpse of the washhouse where his creativity first took flight.

Sinclairs Kitchen, Forfar
Image: Sinclair’s Kitchen, Forfar

Experience the rich flavours of Scotland’s natural larder at Sinclair’s Kitchen, where fresh, seasonal produce takes centre stage. Talented chefs transform local wild game, Aberdeen Angus beef, and homegrown vegetables into delicious dishes that celebrate the best of Angus. Whether you prefer a hearty meal or an elegant a la carte dining experience, there’s something for every palate.

Discover the perfect getaway at The Park Hotel in Montrose. With a bar and restaurant offering a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the ideal spot for enjoying a hot or cold drink, lunch, or dinner with loved ones. Indulge in tasteful en-suite bedrooms, providing a comfortable stay for overnight or short breaks. Plus, it’s the perfect base for exploring Montrose and its beautiful surroundings.

Escape to the breathtaking Glen Clova Hotel & Lodges for a much-needed getaway from the hustle and bustle. Indulge in the tranquillity of the Cairngorms National Park while unwinding in cosy hotel rooms or luxurious self-catering lodges. Treat yourself to a mouth-watering home cooked meal at the exquisite hotel restaurant and immerse yourself in stunning surroundings.

Image: Glen Clova Hotel

Thanks once again to our fantastic businesses for helping us to showcase what Angus has to offer.