Things to do
We know how overwhelming it can be at first when exploring new places so, we have used our local knowledge to plan seven great days out in the surrounding area.
At the bottom of the page you’ll also find a list of places for food & drink, entertainment, children’s activities, places of interest and sporting activities.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are looking for something in particular and we’ll see if we can point you in the right direction.
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum: Originally the town’s courthouse & jail, the museum tells the history of the area including the Sir J M Barrie author of Peter Pan and AC/DC singer Bon Scott. For more info
Refreshment: Treat yourself to a Coffee stop at the nearby 88 degrees, a mouthwatering selection of chocolates are available too.
Camera Obscura: Located next to the Peter Pan Kids Park for some amazing views across the county. Please note this is only open on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays as it is community run after being gifted to the town by Sir JM Barrie; website
Loch of Lintrathen: A beautiful inland loch. During the summer, the area is home to breeding songbirds, and in winter, large numbers of wintering birds, particularly greylag geese. There are hides on both sides of the loch, the east side is wheelchair accessible.
Peel Farm: Enjoy a late lunch in the coffee shop before exploring the Courtyard which stocks an inspiring number of locally crafted gifts and artisan foods. There is also a farm trail for kids to enjoy, where they can spot lots of wildlife. https://www.peelfarm.com
Reekie Linn Waterfall: With a 24 metre drop, it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Scotland, a short walk from the car park will see you capture some enviable photographs.
Glamis Castle: Steeped in history every painting, every piece of furniture, every little detail along the way is a sharp reminder that this is not a museum but an incredible family home that has witnessed everything from Royal births to being the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. You could get lost here for several hours enjoying the castles guided tour and walking round their extensive grounds. For more info
Glen Clova: Take a drive up round the breathtaking Glen. It takes about 40 mins from Glamis but is well worth it. There is a selection of walks you can take once you’re there, or you can enjoy a nice meal at the Glen Clova Hotel looking out on it all.
Dundee V&A: The newest attraction in town and the first design museum in Scotland, even from the outside the building is striking!
RRS Discovery Ship: Step aboard the ship that took Scott & Shackleton on their first expedition to Antarctica and hear about how they lived, what they ate, and witness their hardships and triumphs.
McManus Museum: there are eight galleries housed within the McManus, where visitors can learn about the history of the city as well as view stunning paintings and artefacts from the past and present day
Montrose Air Museum: Great Britain’s first operational military airfield. The centre aims to show the human side of the air station’s past by showing photographs, stories and memorabilia alongside the beautifully restored airplanes.
St Cyrus Nature Reserve: It is one of the richest and more diverse reserves in Britain. for more info
Dunnotter Castle: Steeped in history this romantic & haunting ruin is a photographers paradise and a history lovers dream. website
Stoenhaven: Take a stroll around the quaint town with its indpendent shops and plentiful eateries – don’t forget to stop by Aunty Betty’s though for an unforgettable ice cream.
St Andrews is known as the home of Golf and while you could choose to immerse yourself in the sport there is also plenty else to do.
Shopping: St Andrews is a treasure trove of boutique shops and eateries, while taking a stroll round you can also visit the ruin of St Andrews Cathedral.
St Andrews Aquarium: Located near to the beach this attraction is great for entertaining the kids.
Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery: A selection of craft beer, gins and whiskey. Choose which guided tour you’d like before enjoying a tasting session at the end. website
Scotland’s Secret Bunker: Hidden beneath an innocent farmhouse lies a secret bunker which was built to protect Scotland in the wake of nuclear attack during the cold war. A really unique experience.
Take the Cairn O Mount road, stopping at the top to take in the breathtaking views across Angus.
Crathes Castle: A Magnificant 16th century house with an intricate maze of towers, turrets and painted ceilings. Outside wander their walled garden or follow one of their nature trails downloadable here. As well as an extensive woodland play park there is a Go Ape centre for those looking to test their head at heights.
Falls of Feugh: This beautiful waterfall is just a short walk from Banchory town centre and is a great place to watch the salmon jumping during spawning season (Sept-Nov & Feb-Mar). There is a lovely tearoom just nearby too where you can enjoy a nice afternoon tea.
Not want to travel far from the house, this is the trip for you.
Arbroath Abbey – Best known for the Declaration of Arbroath, the most famous document in Scottish history sent by 39 nobles, baron and freeman to Pope John XXII outlining their request for freedom from England. For more info
Arbroath Signal Tower – The feature of Gerard Butlers new film – The vanishings. Hear about the history of Bell Rock Lighthouse along with local tales about the mucklebuckit woman and pirate Ralph the Rover. For location and details
Take a boat trip out to the Arbroath cliffs spotting wildlife such as seals, porpoise and dolphins – prices from only £15 per person website
The Signal tower & Abbey are both located near to the harbour so be sure to take a stroll and visit a local fish shop to buy some authentic Arbroath Smokies. For more information on smokies read this helpful leaflet
Hospitalfield – It is the hidden gem of Arbroath. Every Wednesday walk the gardens on a guided tour, and during the summer months enjoy a heritage tour of Hospitalfield -Interior and Collections. Find their website
Got children that need to run off some energy? – Head to the park just along from the Signal Tower and visit Kerr’s Miniature Railway – trains running summer time only.
Monikie Country Park – Windsurfing, Sailing, kayaks, rowing boats
Foxlake – Aqua Park, Dundee
SUP2summit – Paddle Boarding & Climbing
Olympia – Swimming pool, Dundee