From the dark days of the Picts through to fighting by the Scots and English, Angus and Dundee has a fascinating history which has given rise to the interesting cultural identity of this north east region of Scotland.
The coastline of Angus has wonderful opportunities for visitors by following the A92 which hugs the coast through the towns and villages like Arbroath and Montrose. Arbroath, famous for the Declaration for Scottish independence in 1320, has the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre which tells of the part it played in Scottish history. You can also visit the Arbroath Miniature Railway which is the world’s oldest passenger carrying miniature railway. Montrose has the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre which is a haven for bird watchers where they can view 50,000 migrating waders on their way from Siberia to Africa.
Kirriemuir is the gateway to the Glens and it is also the town that is best known as the childhood home of J M Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. The magnificent Angus Glens of Isla; Prosen; Clova and Esk are ideal for finding that peace that many visitors seek. This dramatic scenery is now part of the Cairngorms National Park which is the newest and biggest national park in the UK. The whole area is well marked with trails and routes that will satisfy all levels of abilities. There are also opportunities for many outdoor pursuits from shooting, fishing, cycling to skiing at the Glen Shee ski resort.
Situated in the nearby village of Glamis is the famous Glamis Castle which was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and birthplace of the late Princess Margaret and was also the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Within the castle are fine collections of china, paintings, tapestry and furniture and the Angus Folk Museum can also be found in the village.
Dundee is the perfect place to combine a city holiday with easy access to the Angus countryside. Once famous as the centre of the world’s jute industry, Dundee has reinvented itself as a vibrant, buzzing and culturally cool fourth city of Scotland. In September 2018, the new V&A Dundee museum was opened. As well as the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, the visitor can also enjoy the Discovery Point and learn about the early days of Antarctic exploration on board one of the ships and visit the city’s Verdant Works to learn about the huge jute industry of bygone days. Take a look at our blog on the highlights to see in Angus & Dundee.
Top events in Angus and Dundee for 2020
- Arbroath 2020 Festival (4 & 5 April 2020) - marking the 700th Anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320
- Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A in Dundee (4 April - 6 September 2020)
- Bonfest (1 - 3 May 2020) - live rock in Kirriemuir
- BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend (22 - 24 May 2020) - huge pop concert with Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, etc. Camperdown Park in Dundee.
- Pageant in the City (30 May 2020) - fun for all the family in Brechin
- Angus Glens Walking Festival (tbc late May 2020)
- Angus Show (6 June 2020) - huge annual agricultural show at Brechin.
- Brechin 2020 (13 June 2020) celebrating the 800th birthday of Brechin Cathedral.
- Harley Davidson in the City (4 - 5 July 2020) - motorcycle festival in Brechin
- Scottish Transport Extravaganza (11 - 12 July 2020) - huge annual event at Glamis Castle including The Vintage Vehicle Rally
- Kirriemuir Agricultural Show (18 July 2020)
- Glenisla Highland Games (tbc 28 August 2020)
- Bell Rock Music Festival in Arbroath (28 - 30 August 2020)
- Dundee Flower and Food Festival (4 - 6 September 2020), Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
- Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song (September)
- Canines at the Castle (September) - huge doggy event in the grounds of Glamis Castle.
- Festival of the Future (October) - hosted in Dundee combining dance, science, words, music, design, theatre and food,
- through performances, talks, workshops, and more.
- Dundee Jazz Festival (late October - early November)
- Christmas Market at Glamis Castle
Golfing opportunities also abound with the world class championship course at Carnoustie alongwith many other excellent courses such as Camperdown Country Park.
Angus and Dundee boast a wealth of famous foods from the world renowned black Aberdeen Angus cattle for the finest beef, which can be enjoyed locally. Arbroath Smokies – a smoked haddock – can be found here and this locally produced delicacy has been given geographical protected status, so try the genuine product. Forfar Bridies and Dundee Cake are two more famous foods and one must not forget Dundee Marmalade at breakfast time.
From the Angus glens; to the city of Dundee; to the world class golf courses and to the wonderful coastal bays, this is an area that encapsulates all the contrasts that provide something for everyone’s enjoyment on a holiday.
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