What do you love about the Angus area? We asked for your highlights – here are some of your suggestions for top spots to visit.
Described as a real hidden gem, this scenic area consists of five glens: Glenisla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk. Home to a variety of plant and wildlife, the Angus Glens run up to the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and cover an area of stunning countryside, rugged landscape and spell-binding scenery. Edzell, a beautiful village with lovely river walks, is an ideal base for discovering all that Glen Esk and Glen Lethnot have to offer, and the charming town of Kirriemuir (the birthplace of J.M. Barrie) is ideal for exploring Glenisla, Glen Prosen and Glen Clova.
To experience the glens on foot, take a look at www.walkhighlands.co.uk/angus/angus-glens.
Aberlemno Pictish Stones
The carved Pictish Stones at Aberlemno, between Forfar and Brechin, come highly recommended. These fascinating stones date from the 7th and 8th century and depict a hunting scene. The Churchyard stone is said to be one of the best examples of Pictish carving.
Loch of Lintrathen
The lovely Loch of Lintrathen is a good place to enjoy the beauty of natural Scotland and a spot of birdwatching. As well as the residence for a number of breeding birds, this nature reserve becomes home to whooper swans over the winter months.
Loch of Kinnordy
This RSPB reserve is another top spot for wildlife watching, with three hides to peer out a range of wildlife from otters and red squirrels, to geese and whooper swans in the winter and osprey in the summer. There are also guided walks, events and nature trails to enjoy – great fun for all the family.
Delve into the past at the ruins of Arbroath Abbey, founded in 1178 by King William the Lion. This is where the famous Declaration of Arbroath was signed (in which Scottish nobles put forward their case for independence from England). It is also where the Stone of Destiny was found in 1951 after being taken from Westminster Abbey.
The fairytale-esque Glamis Castle is a favourite of many visitors to Angus. As well as taking a tour of this beautiful castle (family tours run every weekend at noon), you can enjoy a nature trail in the grounds or walk along the River Deen. Don’t miss Storytelling Sunday at noon.
Many thanks to those who shared their tips for visiting Angus. Do you have any suggestions to add to these highlights? Please leave any comments below.