Explore Dundee & Angus and discover beautiful varied landscapes, alive with abundant wildlife, rich with vivid history and boasting connections to royalty.
Be sure to rise bright and early in the autumn to catch the sight of over 30,000 pink footed geese flocking to the picturesque Montrose Basin nature reserve. At any time of year, you can see incredible bird life, from the elusive kingfisher to the warbling sand martin, from the comfort of a viewing gallery with superb panoramic views out across the basin. More often than not, you’ll even glimpse ospreys fishing the Loch of Kinnordy RSPB reserve, a wetland haven near Kirriemuir.
Dundee & Angus’ stunning and varied landscapes are a sight to behold and a protective environment for the region’s impressive wildlife. Breath in the refreshing sea air as you walk along the red sandstone cliffs along the Seaton Cliffs Nature Trail. As well as spectacular views out to sea, you may spot guillemots and other birds nested in the cliff faces. Hike up into the Angus Glens and experience its dramatic glens and valleys, particularly Glen Clova where you’ll discover the staggering Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve. Sculpted over the course of thousands of years by ice and water, the rugged crags, corries, cliffs and glacial moraines are a haven for both wildlife and hill walkers. Make sure to look up now and then as soaring overhead could be golden eagles or peregrine falcons.
Amongst the region’s ancient landscapes lie the historic remains of a bygone age. Experience the fascinating culture of the Picts, an ancient warrior tribe that roamed the region nearly two millennia ago at Pictavia, an award-winning visitor centre in Brechin. This is only the start of your journey though. Traces of the Picts can still be seen in the Dundee & Angus countryside, so journey along the Pictish Trail and uncover treasures like the Aberlemno sculptured stones, richly decorated sculptures recording hunting and battle scenes from as far back as the seventh and eighth centuries, or the St Vigean’s Sculptured Stones, a collection of 30 mysterious carved stones.
The region is steeped in history, witnessing some of Scotland’s most pivotal events. Visit the magnificent ruins of Arbroath Abbey, the site where the famous Declaration of Arbroath was written in 1320 when the Scottish nobility swore their independence from England. Near Forfar stands Glamis Castle, a beautiful castle set against a backdrop of the Angus Glens with more than just one royal connection. The 600-year old castle was the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother and is the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth.
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