Dundee and Angus

Dundee & Angus

 

With its majestic glens, breath-taking coastline and a cosmopolitan, dynamic city, Dundee & Angus offers visitors an impressive array of attractions alongside outstanding natural beauty. Discover a place where you can stroll along pristine beaches and unearth fascinating history at historic attractions ranging from world-class museums to grand historic buildings and legendary ships.

 

Discover the breath-taking landscape of Dundee & Angus with its lush glens and rugged coastline, and discover its vibrant cultural scene and fascinating industrial and scientific heritage. Explore the region's charming country towns and quaint fishing villages, sample delicious food and drink in fine restaurants, cafés and bars and get up close to local wildlife.

 

History

 

Delve deep into the history of Dundee & Angus and discover everything there is to know about the region's fascinating past from its ancient heritage to its proud scientific and industrial legacy. Take in grand castles such as Glamis, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, and visit ancient religious buildings including Arbroath Abbey where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.

 

No visit to Angus would be complete without a visit to Glamis Castle. Situated at the top of a mile-long drive amid the breath-taking natural beauty of the Strathmore Valley, this magnificent building is saturated in history and legend. Renowned throughout the world as the setting of Duncan's murder in Shakespeare's Macbeth, the castle is even said to have a secret room where a nobleman played cards with the devil himself! Take a tour of its sumptuous interior and admire the priceless treasures contained in its rooms before exploring its beautiful grounds and gardens.

 

In the beautiful harbour town of Arbroath, you’ll find the impressive ruins of Arbroath Abbey. The abbey is best known as the spot from which the Declaration of Arbroath was sent in April 1320. This document is regarded as the most important in Scottish history and you can discover the whole story in the ground floor of the gatehouse and in the visitor centre.

 

In Brechin, you can take a ride on a 4-mile stretch of Victorian railway, preserved as an important part of the past - the Caledonian Railway. 

 

The city of Dundee is known for the three J’s - jute, jam and journalism - the three industries on which the city's prosperity was built. You can find out more about the history of the jute capital at Scotland's Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, a restored jute mill now open as a history museum. Travel back a hundred years and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the original machines as they roar back to life.

 

Visitors can discover more at an impressive selection of museums and galleries, and can even step aboard legendary ships, including one that sailed all the way to Antarctica.

 

Discover the historic tales of Dundee’s two ships - the RRS Discovery and HM Unicorn. Follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Captain Scott as you climb aboard the splendid RRS Discovery at Discovery Point and hear about the gripping tale of one of the most heroic expeditions ever undertaken to Antarctica. The Unicorn is one of the world’s last intact warships from the days of sail and one of the six oldest ships in the world.

 

Did you know that Angus runs an Angus Heritage Week event? Held annually in September, the events is run in association with the popular Doors Open Days event which provides free access to a variety of unusual and interesting historic buildings throughout Angus, some of which are normally closed to the public. It celebrates the county’s history, traditions, architecture, wildlife, culture and natural surroundings and features a varied range of special events for all ages and interests.

 

Nature & Geography

 

Discover the lush countryside and dramatic coastline of Dundee & Angus. Explore its outstanding nature and geography and experience everything from the tranquil Angus Glens to sandy beaches and beautifully maintained parks and gardens. Take in the region's great outdoors while enjoying relaxing walks or trying an exhilarating range of outdoor activities.

 

Enjoy revitalising walks along its stunning coastline and experience an array of activities, including everything from golf to mountain biking, set against the beautiful backdrop of its tranquil forests and woodlands and magnificent mountains and hills. Uncover the unique history and charms of the region's attractive towns and villages, and get up close to local wildlife.

 

In Angus, you can breathe in the sea air on a revitalising coastal walk along the red sandstone Seaton Cliffs, north of Arbroath, and admire impressive rock formations such as the Devil's Head and the Needle's Eye. Or take a gentle stroll across Lunan Bay, just one of the area's stunning award-winning beaches.

 

The unspoilt Angus Glens consist of Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot, Glen Isla and Glen Esk and is a haven for walkers. Enjoy walks over heather-clad moorland and through lush forests teeming for wildlife.

 

Explore some of the area's country parks, such as Crombie, with its scenic loch and woodlands. There are over 7 km of woodland trails and an adventure playground hidden in the woods.

 

Look out for wildlife across the landscapes as well from nature reserves such as the Loch of Lintrathen to the Montrose Basin, a large tidal lagoon and nature reserve which plays host to large numbers of wildfowl, waders and 60,000 migrating geese every year.

 

In Dundee, you can climb to the top of the Dundee Law, a small hill with beautiful views out across the city and the River Tay. Visit gardens such as the University of Dundee's Botanic Garden which houses a wide array of native and exotic plants, trees and shrubs. The city is also home to around 60 parks so there are plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family.

 

Wildlife

 

Across the rich landscapes of the Angus Glens to the region’s rugged coastline, Dundee & Angus provides shelter to some of Scotland’s most important native and migrant wildlife species. The best chance to spot some of the region’s abundant wildlife is by visiting a nature reserve or by following any of its recognised nature trails. At these you can expect to spot some spectacular birds including ospreys and huge colonies of migrating wildfowl, as well as otters and rare red squirrels.

 

Food and Drink

 

Come and sample the delicious food and drink on offer in Dundee & Angus. Tantalise your taste buds with excellent local produce from the famous Arbroath Smokie to flavoursome soft fruits. For quality culinary experiences, try some of Dundee's cosmopolitan bars and eateries, dine in one of the waterfront restaurants in the fishing towns and villages or stumble on a cosy traditional pub deep in the Angus countryside.

 

With such an abundance of fresh local produce, the farmers’ markets and farm shops across Dundee & Angus are the best places to pick up these ingredients and cook up your own delights.

 

As well as the famous Arbroath Smokie, you can discover the rich taste of Aberdeen Angus beef, another well-known flavour of the region. In the summer months, there is nothing quite like being able to pick your own fresh fruit and then use it to create delicious summer dishes.

 

Sample cheeses from Scotland and beyond at the Cheesery on Dundee's Exchange Street, or stock up on locally-grown fruit and veg at the nearby Heart Space Whole Foods. If you're looking for great local produce and eclectic mix of places to eat, this region has it all.

 

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