48 Hours of Wonder1:20
From natural landscapes, and spectacular wildlife, to world-renowned characters, and traditional dishes; Angus provides a world full of wonders to explore.
Head to the Montrose Basin, an enclosed estuary of the South Esk River, for 750 hectares of landscape teeming with wildlife. Sit in one of four remote bird hides and observe an area home to over 80,000 migratory birds, including pink-footed geese, common terns, knot, and kingfisher.
In Kirriemuir, uncover the birthplace and childhood home of Peter Pan’s creator, JM Barrie. See how his early life inspired his works, visit the exhibition – complete with theatrical costumes and manuscripts – as well as exploring the memories that brought the well-loved character to life.
While you’re in Kirriemuir, make sure you pay a visit to the Gin Bothy Tasting Room where you can sample some of the finest infused gins in the region. In March, you can even sample the range of seasonally produced fruit liqueurs and award-winning spirit range at the Taste of Angus Festival.
Rise and shine! Day two starts off with a visit to the House of Dun, an elegant Georgian country house situated in the picturesque woodlands and surroundings of Montrose. Once an inhabited house, this masterpiece took 13 years to complete and boasts a beautifully ornate interior featuring carefully crafted embroideries. Enjoy woodland walks and keep an eye out for otters, roe deer and red squirrels scampering around you.
Head to Arbroath to see the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse off the coast of Angus. The Bell Rock Lighthouse was built in 1807 and took three years to complete, but is incredible to see up close. Local charter boats and tours offer trips out to the lighthouse and nearby.
One of the town’s most famous products is the Arbroath Smokie. This local delicacy is a type of smoked haddock, cured over smouldering oak chips which is still made in Arbroath in a number of family-run smokehouses.
So, whichever inspiring attraction, foodie produce or stunning surroundings takes your fancy, head to Angus for a truly wonder-full time.