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Traveling to Carnoustie area

My son is playing Carnoustie next June, his wife, young daughter and I are going to explore. Any ideas for Dundee, Arbroath areas? We are driving. Thank you for input.


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @downeyfaire, there is lots to see on that coast of Scotland. Check out the following places:
    Arbroath - Home of the "Smokie" (smoked fish). Famous historical Abbey there too.
    Montrose - 5th oldest golf course in the world!
    Stonehaven - A wonderful fishing town. The best fish & chips in Scotland (The Bay Fish & Chips)
    Dunnottar castle that sits on the ragged cliffs of Stonehaven.
    There is also Glamis Castle North of Dundee, The castle was the home of the Queen mother.
    Lots to see and do.
    Hope you have a great time.
    Best regards
  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭✭
    The V&A in Dundee is due to open in September and would be a great day teamed with visits to nearby RRS Discovery and McManus Art Gallery and Museum. All are very child-friendly.

    Find some of Dundee's best-loved children's comic characters such as Minnie the Minx and Oor Wullie in fun sculptures around the city centre...

  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    How about a day trip to Royal Deeside and the charming village of Ballater?

    It's only a one hour drive north along the coast to the iconic Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven as @fishypro recommended.

    There are many wonderful ancient sites in the local area that are worth visiting and easy toget to by car. Take a look at to find out more.

    A  day trip to Kirriemuir will be of interest to any Peter Pan fans  ;)

  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    The Signal Tower museum is a fab wee gem of a place to visit in Arbroath. 

    There is so much going on in Dundee too - Verdant Works, RSS Discovery, Dundee Law (a brilliant view across the city) and McManus Galleries. 

    Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

    Pop across the Tay bridge and go to St Andrews - great beaches, lovely shops, abbey and harbour.

    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • VisitScotlandCarolVisitScotlandCarol Member, Moderator
    These are all great suggestions. 

    In Kirriemuir there are a few other 'hidden gems' such as  The Tayside Police Museum, a Camera Obscura (donated to the town by Peter Pan author, J M Barrie, and one of only four in the country) and even a statue of Bon Scott, the lead singer of Australian rock band AC/DC who was raised in Kirriemuir. It's also a great place to try a famous Scottish meat pastry  known as a Forfar Bridie. 

    Arbroath is also a great place for a cliff top walk towards the small village of Auchmithie. Care must be taken on the path but it's well worth it  for the fantastic sea views, amazing rock formations, bird life and wildflowers.  If you make it to Auchmithie then The But'n'Ben restaurant is well worth a visit to try the local 'smokie' and other traditional dishes.
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