No visit to Angus and Dundee would be complete without seeing the village of Glamis (pronounced Glahms), whose 18th century cottages make it an outstanding conservation area.
In the village the Angus Folk Museum provides a vivid insight into how the simple lives led by the rural workforce contrast greatly with the lives of those who lived in nearby Glamis Castle.
The castle was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of her second daughter, Princess Margaret. This is perhaps one of Scotland's most romantic fairytale castles, and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's play, 'Macbeth'.
Approaching the castle down the long main drive, a riot of turrets, towers and conical roofs appears fantastically at the end of the sweeping avenue of trees, framed by the Grampian Mountains.
Glamis' grounds are also worth a few hours in their own right, particularly the formal Italian Garden and verdant walks out to Earl John's Bridge and through the woodland.