Angus is known as the Home of the Picts and the birthplace of Scotland. Angus has Seven major towns and one Cathedral City.
The area that now comprises Angus has been occupied since at least the Neolithic period. Material taken from post-holes from an enclosure at Douglasmuir, near Friockheim, about five miles north of Arbroath has been radiocarbon dated to around 3500 BC. The function of the enclosure is unknown, but may have been for agriculture or for ceremonial purposes.
Bronze age archaeology is to be found in abundance in the area. Examples include the short-cist burials found near West Newbigging, about a mile to the North of the town. These burials included pottery urns, a pair of silver discs and a gold armlet.
Iron Age archaeology is also well represented, for example in the souterrain nearby Warddykes cemetery and at West Grange of Conan, as well as the better-known examples at Carlungie and Ardestie.
The county is traditionally associated with the Pictish kingdom of Circinn, which is thought to have encompassed Angus and the Mearns. Bordering it were the kingdoms of Ce (Mar and Buchan) to the North, Fotla (Atholl) to the West, and Fib (Fife) to the South.
The most visible remnants of the Pictish age are the numerous sculptured stones that can be found throughout Angus. Of particular note are the collections found at Aberlemno, St Vigeans, Kirriemuir and Monifieth.
Angus shares borders with Kincardineshire to the north-east, Aberdeenshire to the north and Perthshire to the west. Southwards, it faces Fife across the Firth of Tay.
Angus is marketed as the birthplace of Scotland. The signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath Abbey in 1320 marked Scotland's establishment as an independent nation. It is an area of rich history from Pictish times onwards. Notable historic sites in addition to Arbroath Abbey include Glamis Castle, Arbroath Signal Tower museum and the Bell Rock Light House.
Angus also gives you access to some of the most stunning scenery found in Scotland, whether is coastal paths to see the vast of the North Sea, with its miles of beaches and some small coves which history talks of pirates and smuggles, Basalt rocks from days when the east coast was nothing more than volcanoes, empty fishing villages dating back 300 years, the 17th century Lime Kilns and fishing ports. If you head inland you cross the fertile Strathmore Valley to the start of the Angus hills which give you stunning range of hills allowing walks from gentle flat and easy to walk to those of you who are more adventurous with steep hills and walks that will take you across county boundries with all day or two day walks experiencing camping on the wild hillside. Why not hire a guide for the weekend and let these highly experienced guides take you on the walk of your dreams. If you don't want to walk then how about pony trekking a day’s trekking with lunch, now that cannot be bad.
Brechin being the cathedral city, the city was founded in 1253 by William de Brechin when he gave an acre of land to the Virgin Mary which he builds a home for the poor and the sick. Brechin has one of two complete 11th century round towers. Brechin has a steam railway which runs most weekend to Dun Station, which will give you a short walk to House of Dun a beautiful manor house open to the public or a walk to the river over the ornate bridge the Brechin steam train also have special runs at Easter and Christmas as well as Thomas the Tank Engine weekend. Birth place of Robert Watson-Watt, radar pioneer. Brechin is a mile from the main A90 duel carriageway which is the main artery of Scotland taken you north to Aberdeenshire and South to the Boarders and just 10 minute car ride to two Pictish hill forts and the village of Edzell with its river picnic area and Edzell muir a large green area with BBQ shelter and large play area also a 14th century castle.
Recent work along the river South Esk for flood prevention have provide a very scenic walk with mosaic art work showing Brechin history, a large refurbished children's play park and paddling pool make for a lovely picnic and play area next to a slow moving river shallow enough for paddling with views of Brechin Castle. Brechin has a good selection of food takeaway places and meals, even meals in the local public houses and hotels. Brechin is an easy place to navigate and the small passages will take you to car parking and to the cathedral which has a selection of standing stones and Norman carvings, the font found within the grounds dates back to the Normans and is still in use for christening children today. Interesting grave stones makes for an historical walk around the cathedral and the steps at the back of the grounds takes you to steps that monks once used. At the bottom of the steps you enter a quiet shaded walk along 'Skinners Burn' where a century or so was where women would bring their washing and the local abattoir hence the name of the burn, follow the path back to the river and the children play park and seats to relax. Looking for a quiet place to spend a few days or a base for travelling around Angus or further, with B&B's, hotels and river side Caravan Park you have a choice of how you wish to stay. Brechin also have a distillery, Glencaddam, which is open to visitors and once you have finished visiting and tasting the whisky relax with a walk around the large public park with bandstand and cenotaph dating to the 1920's
Is a small busy village 5 miles from Brechin with its large laid out village with large grass area named as 'The Muir' that surrounds a church, a large children play area and picnic/BBQ shelter with public toilets are also found there and its ideal for picnics and ball games, ample parking.
Between the petrol station and the old post office you will find a path which will take you to what locals call 'Edzell Beach' a riverside picnic area and with the slow moving low level river in the summer months its ideal for a picnic and a paddle, there is a bridge to the other side which is nicked named 'The shakin' Brig' ' which will take you to the other side where you will find a river side walk which will take you to 'The Blue Door' (see below)
The village has a selection of shops including tree cafes giving a large selection of food one the of the cafes includes a fish and chips take away and ice cream. The two large hotels are open for meals if you are looking for something more substantial. The village has a very well laid out gold course which also does meals but check first about non-members. Three miles outside the village you will find the 14th century Edzell Castle maintained by Historic Scotland, plenty of room to explore and picnic - You may even spot the resident ghost. If you head north out of the village a few miles and just over the first bridge you will see 'The Blue Door' this takes you on a path along the river North Esk with stop off to admire the scenery and stopping at the 'Rocks of Solitude' an area of contemplations and at certain times of the year you can see salmon making their way up north for spawning. The path will take you the 26 miles into Glen Esk, some parts of the walk are not for the faint hearted and not for young children and please keep all dogs on their leads, look out for wood carvings and of course wildlife from red squirrels to deer.
Forfar was once the centre of the ancient Kingdom of the Picts and during the building the housing scheme of Goose Croft in the 1950's a Bronze age dugout canoe was discovered and that also can be seen in the local museum. Most of Forfar land was reclaimed from a much larger Loch which connected to two other Lochs that of Rescobie and Mains of Balgavies which a breeding pair of Ospreys can be sighted.
Forfar is the administrative centre for Angus and its famous for the Witch trials and the execution of the witches also for the Forfar Bridie On the hillside to the south is Balmashanner an impressive tower built to honour the men who died in WWI looking north you will see its almost twin the Arlie monument built for the same reason, if you are feeling like a walk then it’s well worth it or not you can catch a bus which will take you to the Lour Rd from there is just a short rough walk its fine for pushchair but not good for wheelchairs, once there on a clear day there is a beautiful view over the most fertile ground in Scotland, the Strathmore Valley. Forfar has a very well laid out museum, impressive town house with a stain glass windows one of them to the Polish soldiers who were stationed in the town during WWII and impressive court house and council buildings. A tower which is named Forfar castle which is in Manor St access through a gate which the key is available from the Castle St newsagent across the road from Manor St.
Three miles out the Arbroath road lays Restenneth Priory which was a monastic house of Augustinian canons founded by Jedburgh Abbey, with the patronage of King Malcolm IV of Scotland, in 1153. Although there is little literary evidence, archaeological evidence strongly indicates that there was a monastery at Restenneth from very early times. There is also speculation that Restenneth may even have been the Pictish church dedicated to St Peter (mentioned in Bede) built in 710 for Nechtán mac Der Ilei, King of the Picts.
Forfar loch Country Park is ideal for picnic, you can feed the array of bird life which you can get up close to as long as you have a hand full of bread or an alternative, and there is a sailing club which is open to non-members and a caravan site which has wooden chalets which can be rented. The walk around the loch which is around 3 miles and a purpose built track and with seating at different points, the walk is enjoyable summer or winter, the loch freezes over not enough to walk on unlike 100 years ago when curling was played on the frozen loch, more of the lochs history can be found in the museum. The East & Old Parish church which the clock tower can be seen from almost every part of the town. The ceiling of the church is the largest unsupported ceiling in Scotland, the church can be accessed during the day also the graveyard is has some impressive graves, the main town graveyard does have one equally impressive gravestone dating back when jute was king and made some very rich people which shows in the highly ornate grave stones.
Forfar is worth a walk around there are some impressive buildings, which some are homes, some are offices but goes back to when Forfar was the capital of Forfarshire, but times change and political face of Scotland changed. What hasn't change is the Forfar Bridie a mix of mince and onion placed in pastry and folded into a half moon shape, it is said that they were first made in Glamis and then sold in the Forfar market, two local bakers Saddlers and McLarens who both make them from short crust and puff pastry the town is split over whose is the best and of course you can have with or without onions, so get one from each of the bakers and you see what you think.
Heading out north on the A9134 'The Old Brechin Road' you will come to the village of Lunanhead and small closely knit community which has a 10th century well which is the villages name sake. A walk pass the well takes you on a walk past the reed ponds and a few more wells and you can find yourself at Restenneth Priory which is mentioned above and well worth the visit also at the same site you will find the Angus Archives a fantastic collection of life past
Which is also on the A9134 and is mention in the start of the book by Lewis Grassic Gibbon 'The Sunset Song' and if where you will find the standing 10th century standing Pictish stones there are three stones on the main road and you will find parking opposite, you will find another in the church yard. Up on the Finavon Hill you will find the remains of a Pictish Hill Fort, the road is very narrow and parking is very difficult, if you do park on the hill please remember all around are working farms and tractors need to pass, but the view is breath taking.
Glamis. Five miles southwest of Forfar across the A90 and along the A94 and four miles south of Kirriemuir is the location of village of Glamis and the entrance into Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Glamis is not just famous for the castle but also the open air museum and the 18th century workers cottages, the village is ideal for a peaceful walk along to the church and church yard and access through the gate to find a river walk. The village has a hotel which serves meals lunch and evening and a shop with a coffee house.
Kirriemuir, called Kirrie by locals, its history reaches back to earliest recorded times, when it seems to have been a major ecclesiastical centre. Later it was identified with witchcraft, and some older houses still feature a ‘witch’s stane’ to ward off evil. In the 19th century, it was an important centre of the jute trade. The playwright J.M. Barrie was born and buried here, and a statue of Peter Pan stands in the town square. Kirriemuir sits looking south towards Glamis and the Sidlaws over Strathmore (one of the most fertile fruit growing areas in Scotland). Its position at the base of the Angus glens makes it an attractive centre for hill-walking on nearby Munros (Mountains over 3,000 feet high (approximately 914 metres) of which there are 277), fishing, partridge, pheasant and grouse shooting and deer-stalking. There is also an 18-hole golf course with views north to Glen Clova and Glen Doll. The town comprises mainly two areas, Northmuir and Southmuir. If you are wondering how Scotland’s police worked over the years then the museum of Policing is your stop off point. Kirriemuir is a great place to visit and discovering the 'Pends' alleyways which will bring out at different part of the down, a small craft centre with a collection of a few shops where gifts are plentiful. Every year the town is invaded by AC/DC fans pay homage to the town’s rock star son Bon Scott, so if you are a fan of Rock then every May Kirrie is the place to be with tribute bands and rare gems on display, Bon Scott was officially born in Forfar as Kirrie doesn't have a hospital but Kirrie was his home and spent his childhood until 1952, when his family moved to Australia.
Pubs, cafes and shops will keep you from going hungry and if you have a sweet tooth then you have the Starry Rock shop which is known for its large selection of handmade sweets and Handmade ice cream can be found at the Italian ice cream shop which you cannot miss called Visocchi's Italian Delicatessen, Ice cream and Coffee shop. A family friendly welcome and fantastic hot and cold refreshments. On the outskirts of Kirrie is the Peter Pan play area as well as the camera obscura, a look over the glens, with a picnic area these can be found at Kirriemuir Hill.
Arbroath which has 10th century abbey On 6 April 1320 the Scottish Parliament met at Arbroath Abbey and addressed to the Pope the Declaration of Arbroath, drafted by the Abbot of the time, Bernard. This document detailed the services which their "lord and sovereign" Robert the Bruce had rendered to Scotland, and affirmed in eloquent terms the independence of the Scots. Arbroath a once busy fishing port still have a selection of inshore boats going out for an array of seafood which can be found fresh at a number of fish houses around the harbour area and is famous for its smoked haddock know as a 'Smokie' The Smokie which history tells us that it was first discovered after a cottage fire in the small fishing village of Auchmithie and all the owner had to eat was the fish which had been smoked in the cottage fire and locals found it very tasty and it was then smoked commercially in Arbroath, hot or cold it make a very good meal and the flesh falls off the bone. If you wish to take one home then order it and then you can have it vacuum packed.
Arbroath has a very long coast line south of the town you find both large grassy area idea for flying kites or sitting with a picnic, stops the sand getting in those sandwiches, the sand is smooth and clean just what you need for building a sand castle with a gentle slope into the water. North of the town you will find Victoria park which you can drive along the promenade aside the park which is ideal for walking the dog, having a kick about, a small children's play area at the end of the park you will normally find an ice-cream van in the summer. If you feel energetic the at end of the park you will find the start of the famous Seaton cliff walk. Arbroath cliffs are some of the most stunning scenery in the east coast of Scotland, the red sandstone has been sculptured over thousands of years to what you will see, along the walk are a large mix of gulls, watch the fishing boats out at sea and on a clear day you will be able to see the The Bell Rock Lighthouse, is the world's oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse. It was built between 1807 and 1810 by Robert Stevenson on the Bell Rock in the North Sea, 11 miles east of the Firth of Tay. The cliff walk will take you by small beaches some which are accessible down small paths, a larger one named 'The Flairs' has some very interesting caves, so take a torch as there are carvings inside the some dating back 200 years, stories and smugglers and the playing of the once banned bagpipes are just some of the legends of the Seaton Cliffs. the walk finally brings you to Auchmithie and if you want to save your legs there are local buses that will take you back to Arbroath. If you have small children with you, be careful as some parts of the cliffs are narrow and some edges have been known to crumble.
Auchmithie It sits atop a cliff of red sandstone conglomerate of Devonian date, approximately 120 feet above a shingle beach. Among the pebbles on the beach, derived from those weathered out of the cliffs (themselves derived from pebbles deposited by a massive ancient river-delta), a significant percentage are jasper, predominantly dark red, with rarer examples green or yellow. In the dilapidated harbour, built in 1891, there are still some small fishing boats. Auchmithie you can find a small restaurant The But 'n' Ben.
Arbroath has a wide range of take away and restaurants who serve a wide range of food, at the harbour you will find a fine fish and chip shop and nothing taste better than fish and chips while sitting around the harbour watching the boats coming and going, a public house a few minutes away from the harbour also serve good food and you can get a pint or glass of wine at the same time. Also around the harbour area is a range of B&B's giving you an comfortable night’s sleep and waking to a full breakfast for you to start enjoying another day in and around Angus.
A night club if you want to dance the night away and when you’re ready to leave in the early hours join the crowds and head to 'Pie Bob's' the all night bakery for your meat pie fast becoming a weekend tradition.
Arbroath has two swimming pools the council run pool at the local high school which is open to the public and the Red Lion caravan park which is private but like the school open to the public, the Red Lion also has a sauna.
The Red Lion is a large park which has a mix of private owned caravans and those which are available to rent. Also at the beach area is a children's soft play area as well on ride on electric cars for children, a large amusement arcade and rides. A train will take you around the town with stops so you can get off or get on as you please. On the edge of the town to the south is a 18 hole golf course and practice area. From the beach a 10 minute walk will take you to Keptie Pond a Victorian boating pond with a large red castle which is not what it seems, it’s a redundant pumping station but looks the part.
A bus station will take you all over Angus and the Edinburgh - Aberdeen train station is perfectly situated.
Montrose is a town with a wealth of architecture, and is a centre for international trade. It is an important commercial port for the thriving oil and gas industry. It is known for its wide thoroughfare and high street which leads to picturesque closes containing secluded gardens. The town has a view of a 2 mi (3 km) square tidal lagoon, Montrose Basin, which is considered a nature reserve of international importance. It is the largest inland salt water basin in the UK, and an important habitat for the mute swan, In winter, 20,000 plus pink-foot geese take up residence on the mudflats, feeding in the nearby fields. There is a great nature reserve centre which will give you the history of the basin including a mapped layout where you can get access to the public hides so you can get close to the wildlife and your host has spent many many hours sitting watching otters, seals and kingfishers, on occasions you will get rare sightings in the past is Spoonbill and Sea Eagles.
Montrose use to have the widest high street in Scotland but that is now in the top five. A large holiday park has arisen in the last few years caravans have been swapped for wooden chalets, 2 minutes from the clean beach with a slow rising tide with a view over to the village of Ferryden and the Scurdieness light house. To get to Ferryden head out across the bridges heading to Arbroath and left at the large roundabout follow the signs, parking can be found in the middle and the end of the village where you can take a walk to the lighthouse where Porpoises can be seen playing at the harbour entrance. If you’re feeling active walk south from Montrose will take you to Usan a farm with interesting buildings dating back 150 years and a walled monument, Usan was once a Viking village and the rock are from a very old volcano and geodes can be found along with agate and jet ideal for polishing to make jewellery. A walk from Ferryden, via the lighthouse and back to Montrose via the B roads back to Montrose is around 10 miles but is a beautiful walk on a good day.
Montrose also have the oldest air field in Scotland dating back to before the first World War and a walk along you can still see the air raid shelters and other remenants. A large air museum can be found with an fantastic array of exhibits and aircrafts, you may also hear the footsteps if the resident ghost. A large swimming pool and leisure centre and an array of shops cafes and restaurants, the harbour area has been turned into a relaxing area with seating and a statue of Bamsie.
Bamsie was bought in Oslo, Norway by Captain Erling Hafto, the master of the Norwegian whale-catcher Thorodd, and he was taken to sea from an early age. In her childhood memories of pre-war Honningsvåg, Captain Hafto's daughter Vigdis remembers Bamsie as a very kind dog that would look after the children while they were playing.
At the onset of the Second World War, Thorodd was drafted into the Royal Norwegian Navy as a coastal patrol vessel, based in Hammerfest, and Bamse was enrolled as an official crew member on 9 February 1940. After the Nazi invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940 the Thorodd was part of the naval opposition to the Germans and had as one of its uses POW transport. Shortly before the 10 June 1940 capitulation of mainland Norway, Thorodd was one of 13 Norwegian naval vessels to escape to the UK, arriving 17 June 1940. She was converted to a minesweeper in Rosyth from June 30, 1940 and stationed in Montrose and Dundee, where she remained for the rest of the war. Bamse lifted the morale of the ship's crew, and became well known to the local civilian population. In battle, he would stand on the front gun tower of the boat, and the crew made him a special metal helmet. His acts of heroism included saving a young lieutenant commander who had been attacked by a man wielding a knife by pushing the assailant into the sea, and dragging back to shore a sailor who had fallen overboard. He was also known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates by putting his paws on their shoulders, calming them down and then leading them back to the ship. Montrose has a large very well maintained links golf course which is fighting to stop it being erodid into the sea but is a very popular course with large putting green and ample parking, club house with restaurant and bar and a well-stocked golf shop. On the opposite of the course is another large green area ideal for practicing or just walking your dog, the road the splits the two leads of the sea front with Victoria Pavilion, cafe and a
large children’s 'Seaside Splash' which is a children’s water play area which is free of charge, with seating and rear access to the shop idea on a hot sunny day makes an wonderful family picnic area. Parking including disabled parking next to the access to the beach and parking at the rear of the Splash. When the tide is out the beach is clean, at high tide the beach is covered. To the north and south of the beach front are beach that can be accessed at high time and the north side you can walk the 8 miles to St Cyrus and then get the bus back to Montrose. For a beach holiday with access to the mountains then you cannot beat Montrose within Angus.
Carnoustie the town was founded in the late 18th century, and grew rapidly throughout the 19th century due to the growth of the local textile industry. It was popular as a tourist resort from the early Victorian era up to the latter half of the 20th century, due to its seaside location, and is best known for the Carnoustie Golf Links course that often hosts the Open Championship. Carnoustie can be considered a dormitory town for its nearest city, Dundee, which is 11 miles (18 km) to the west. It is served by Carnoustie railway station, and less so by Golf Street railway station. Its nearest major road is the A92
Carnoustie is a beautiful clean family beach all year around, sun bathing and paddling and sand castle building in the summer and walking and shell picking in the winter months. 2018 brings The Open Championship returns to Carnoustie in July 2018 which will be the 147th Open Championship. Once again the worlds' greatest golfers will gather to do battle for the famous Claret Jug on the East Coast of Scotland over one of the countries finest and most demanding links courses. Past winners of The Open at Carnoustie include Padraig Harrington most recently in 2007 and Tom Watson in 1975. More Info
Monifieth The presence of a number of class II and III Pictish stones points to Monifieth having had some importance as an ecclesiastical centre in the early medieval period. The lands were a possession of the Céli Dé monastic order until they were granted to the Tironensian monks of Arbroath Abbey in the early 13th century. Until the early 19th century, Monifieth remained a small village but grew rapidly due to the expansion of the local textile industry. Monifieth is considered a commuter town for its closest city, Dundee. Public transport consists mainly of bus services operated by Stagecoach Buses. While the town is notionally served by Monifieth railway station, the station presently operates only a token service. Its nearest major road is the A92 and the town is connected to Dundee by the A930.
Dundee is found on the south side of Angus and it sits on the river Tay, once famous for Jute, Jam and Journalism the growth of the city has brought in many industries and the Jute factories have been turned into housing for the many workers in Dundee. One of the Jute factories is now a living museum which is open to the general public to step back in time to the days when Dundee sent jute around the world, Jam, Dundee was famous for like jute sending jam around the world and the majority of its fruit was grown in Perthshire and Angus, also brining in Servile oranges James Keiller and his wife Janet ran a small sweet and preserves shop in the Seagate section of Dundee. In 1797, they opened a factory to produce "Dundee Marmalade", a preserve distinguished by thick chunks of bitter Seville orange rind. The business prospered, and remains a signature marmalade producer today.
Dundee has not only a wide range green space but many of these green spaces have interesting buildings and activities to be enjoyed by all.
Baxter Park The historic glass fronted Italianate Pavilion positively shines in its restoration and brings classical grandeur to the park. It is situated in the midst of 38 acres of mature parkland and is reached through grand entrance gates and sweeping lawns. There is a Disabled Access Guide for Baxter Park available on the Disabledgo website.
Camperdown park which also includes a zoo which has just taken delivery of young bears and with wolfs and birds with a petting area its ideal for young child as those young at heart.
Camperdown has a large themed play park with lake; a mansion sits within Camperdown and tells of the history of the park. Every Easter the park has a Easter festival and in the summer has a 3 days festival including gardening, food with celebrity guests.
Dudhope Park also has a castle which goes back to the 1700, The gardens and surrounding parkland are all approved for civil weddings however and the castle provides a unique and historic backdrop for your photographs.
The landscaping is largely limited to the steep slopes of the park, allowing the grass areas to be used for active and passive recreation.
Recreational facilities within the park include; tennis courts, an equipped play area, a concrete skateboarding park and a multi-use game area (5-a-side football / basketball).
The Dundee Law sits high up in the centre of Dundee which may take its name from the Gaelic word for mound or more likely, from Anglo-Saxon hlāw (modern Scots law) meaning a (grave-) mound, is the plug of an extinct volcano. Actions by subsequent ice movements further eroded the hill and deposited more debris around the base creating a crag and tail. The shallow gradient of the slopes on the north and eastern sides of the law suggest a north easterly movement of ice flows. The hill's summit is over 500 feet above sea level. Despite the derivation of "Law" suggesting it would be tautological to do so, the Law is commonly referred to as the "Law Hill". Walking can be hard work but a car can be taken to the top and from there you can see the whole of the city plus across the Tay and toward the sea and Perthshire.
The Dundee Water Front is having a multi-million pound develop bring in a Victoria & Albert museum the first outside of London, enjoy the artic with Scott’s journey to the Antarctic and look around his ship the Discovery. On a rainy day there is a wonderful and exciting science centre where children can try out experiments and learn while they play. With museums and galleries showing life in Dundee and works of art traditional and modern is a must when visiting Dundee. The new swimming pool with spa is a great place to relax.
The Tay road bridge which spans the river Tay has a footpath for the 1 mile across and you can see the famous rail bridge and what is left of the old rail bridge that collapsed during a violent storm on 28 December 1879 killing all on board the steam train.
Dundee has a wide range of shops with two main shopping centres the Overgate & Wellgate, both have a selection of food outlets and plenty of shops and designer shop as well as the Nethergate which is another open shopping area.
The history of Dundee can be seen in the building but also the Howf The cemetery has been in existence since around 1564 when Mary Queen of Scots granted the town the lands of a former monastery and its orchard for use as a burial ground.
If you are looking for a nice day at the beach follow the coast north and you will come across the small coastal town of Broughty Ferry which over the years as joined Dundee, there you will find beautiful laid out gardens, a castle and a beautiful clean beach which is a favourite picnic spot for the folk of Dundee and you can even dip your toe into the Tay.
Dundee is a fantastic place to have for a base with plenty to do in the city and short drive to Fife and famous St Andrews or to Perth and the start of the Highlands. Dundee has a range of outdoor art and they can be spotted from Captain Scots Penguins to Desperate Dan and Oor Wullie, Dundee is famed for its art having one of the best art colleges in Scotland and not only many song writers and performers but actors and poets with Scotland’s worth poet.
Opening in 2018 which is the first outside London is the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) and alongside of the new museum are many changes to the water from Dundee to make it an attractive place to visit with new hotels with wonderful reputations opening within the riverfront area.