Three Days of Freedom

Make the most of your time by exploring our coastline and countryside – and spending a day visiting the vibrant city of Dundee.

The Sea

For almost 500 years, the grasslands that lie behind Angus’ sandy beaches have been put to very good use as golf links. Carnoustie Golf Links is home to the famous Carnoustie Championship course, so take this opportunity to experience a game here – or check out the other golf courses in Angus and experience the golf of legends.

Alternatively, find out about the part Arbroath played in shaping history at Arbroath Abbey, the majestic 12th century abbey, once Scotland’s powerhouse, which dominates the town’s skyline.

Next, enjoy lunch at the But ‘n’ Ben in Auchmithie.  This excellent restaurant specialises in local produce, especially seafood, and is famous for its Arbroath Smokie Pancake! After lunch, walk down to the sea, where the women of the village would carry the fishermen to and from the fishing boats on their backs, before Auchmithie Harbour was built.

En-route to Montrose, during the summer months, you can stop off at Dunninald Castle and admire the stunning gardens and woods.

Montrose has a reputation for historic and contemporary works of art established throughout the town. As well as statues by William Lamb, look out for Bamse, a St Bernard dog who was a wartime hero, The Marquess of Montrose, geese in flight – and many more.

For dinner, choose from a selection of excellent restaurants in Montrose.

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Arbroath Abbey
Majestic 12th century abbey.
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William Lamb
Artist and sculptor born in 1893.
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Dunninald Castle
Dunninald was built in 1824.

The City

In 2018, Dundee Waterfront will be home to the first V&A Museum of Design outside of London and there are already many excellent museums and art galleries in the city, including The McManus, the DCA and Dundee Science Centre.

Find out about the city’s jute industry and mill workers at the award-winning Verdant Works or explore the frozen waters of Antarctica at Discovery Point, home of Captain Scott’s famous ship, RRS Discovery.

There’s no shortage of places to eat – or shop! After an afternoon of retail therapy, why not enjoy a night out? Dundee has several cinemas, as well as the highly-regarded Dundee Rep and Gardyne Theatre and a bustling pub and club scene.

The Hills

Start your day with a tour of Glamis Castle, the historic family home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and holiday destination of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Then head up the hills to Glen Esk, stopping off at The Retreat for lunch, where you’ll also be able to find out about the families who lived in this remote spot in days gone by. Continue along the twisty but beautiful road to the car park at Invermark. By foot, follow the track to Invermark Castle and along the banks of Loch Lee, one of the most stunning spots in Angus – if not Scotland.

Finish with dinner in the beautiful village of Edzell.

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Invermark Castle
The castle was built around 1526.
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Loch Lee
A reservoir in the Grampians of Angus.
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Glenesk Retreat
Museum and coffee shop.
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Glamis Castle
Over 600 years of history.

Travel Information

There’s an excellent and varied choice of places to stay, whether you want to treat yourselves to a luxury hotel stay, experience glamping, get away from it all in a B&B in the heart of the Angus Glens or self-cater in a fisherman’s cottage by the sea. View the variety of accommodation on offer in Angus.

Angus has excellent road links, with the A90 connecting the area to Aberdeen, Perth and Edinburgh, and the A92 serving the coastal area. There’s a good choice of public transport, with buses and trains linking towns and villages to each other and to Dundee, as well as excellent connections to places further afield.

In the more rural areas of Angus, and in the Angus Glens, a car is required (car hire is available). However, once you get here, the roads in this part of Angus are very good for cycling. Find out more information about bike hire, or, if you would like to hire an electric bike.

Find out more about travelling to Angus by train, by bus, and by plane to Dundee Airport.