Historic Kirkyard Trail

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  • Glen Esk, Angus
    Glen Esk, Angus

Whether you’re looking to follow in the steps of your ancestors or simply enjoy discovering more about the heritage and history of Scotland, use these Historic Kirkyard Trails and learn some intriguing facts about the past of Dundee & Angus.

As the last resting place of our ancestors, kirkyards are a unique part of Scottish heritage.

Featuring seven clusters of historic kirkyards that cover specific areas of Angus, the trail is an invaluable guide to many of the incredibly interesting parish churches across the region, making it possible to follow one in a day.

From Fowlis to Edzell and from Arbroath to Cortachy, learn about the life and death of individuals, their beliefs and even their artistic sensibilities through their choice of epitaphs and symbols. Explore fascinating gravestones and old kirks set in the centre of the burghs and around delightful rural scenery.

Did you know that an hour glass is a symbol of mortality, while Angels are symbols of immortality?

The trail by Angus Heritage includes a map where the historic kirkyards are located, advice about what to look for in each kirkyard, as well as a list of symbols commonly found on local gravestones along with their meanings.