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  • Pictish stones displayed inside Pictavia - The Land of the Picts, Brechin
    Pictavia - The Land of the Picts, Brechin
  • People sailing remote controlled sailing boats on the lake
    Remote-controlled boats at Pictavia, Angus
  • A woman looks at the pictish stones display in the exhibition
    Pictavia - the Land of the Picts an award winning visitor centre, Brechin, Angus

Journey through Dundee & Angus' past and follow the Pictish Trail. Discover the mysterious Pictish stones left by the early settlers that now cover the landscape of this unique part of the world.

The Picts, a Celtic people inhabiting most of what we now know as Scotland, are best known by their carved symbol stones, of which some of the finest are in Angus. Discover the area’s ancient past and the legacy of the enigmatic Picts by visiting the stones and places they left their mark on.

From interactive exhibits, replicas and original artefacts to stones, churches, cathedrals and towers, explore the rich Pictish heritage which survived in Angus. Designed to be followed by car, enthusiastic cyclists and walkers alike, this 12 point trail will take more than a day to complete.

What better place to begin the Pictish Trail than by exploring Pictavia in Brechin? This visitor centre is home to a range of interactive exhibits, replicas and original artefacts, a great way to learn about Pictish life.

Not far from Pictavia is Brechin Cathedral, noted for its round tower and four sculptured stones which date from the late 11th or early 12th century.

The Aberlemno Sculptured Stones are located on the side of the Forfar to Brechin road. These three fascinating stones show a hunting scene, battle scene and an army of men.

Other highlights from the Pictish Trail include the fantastic collections at Montrose Museum and Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum. The Meffan in Forfar is home to five crossslabs originally discovered in 1797, as well as a further 12 fragments excavated in 1995.