In south east Angus, along a coastline that stretches from Montrose down towards the mouth of the River Tay, you’ll find Arbroath — just 30 minutes from the county town of Forfar and the thriving city of Dundee. This well-connected location is home to some of Scotland’s best-loved beaches and countryside and, with the Cairngorms National Park just over an hour’s drive away, Aberfell is a superb option for those who appreciate Scotland’s great outdoors.
A former royal burgh with a traditional fishing harbour, Arbroath embodies the natural beauty and history of the much-loved Angus coastal route.
The long, sandy beaches and sandstone cliffs along this stretch of shoreline make up some of Scotland’s most picturesque seaside vistas, and Arbroath’s medieval history can be explored in the fascinating ruins of Arbroath Abbey — where visitors can learn about the Declaration of Arbroath and the Stone of Destiny — an era later followed by the manufacturing boom of the industrial revolution and a long-held connection to the fishing industry.
The historical influence of fishing on Arbroath has fed directly into another famous aspect of this harbour town — food and drink. The ‘Arbroath smokie’ is its most famous export, but present-day Arbroath offers a wide range of cuisines for locals and visitors to enjoy — from fresh seafood, to luxury fine dining, to Greek and Mediterranean and more.
Growing families will have great school options in the area, and children can attend a range of nurseries and primary schools nearby, with secondary pupils attending Arbroath Academy and Arbroath High School.
Now established as a city of innovation, design and culture — one of Scotland’s most exciting places to visit — Dundee is an ever-evolving place characterised by bold works of architecture and engineering, both historical and contemporary.
Built in the shadow of an extinct volcano, the city began as a small port in the 11th and 12th centuries. Now recognised by UNESCO as a City of Design and home to Scotland’s first ever design museum — The V&A Dundee — it’s clear to see that modern-day Dundee places art, innovation and culture at the forefront.
There’s plenty of shopping, hidden history around every corner and foodies will find plenty to get their teeth into. Dundee boasts an ever-expanding range of restaurants, cafés, bistros, bars and eateries — everything from fine dining to fast food — and in recent years the city has several restaurants listed in the AA’s The Restaurant Guide.
With Dundee just a short drive away, Perthshire as a near neighbour and the gateway to the Highlands within reach, Aberfell is a perfect starting point for planning day trips with family, exploring Scotland’s wilds and wowing your guests with great food and drink.
Busy and active lifestyles are part of the fabric of this region of Scotland — and there is a wide variety of facilities, clubs and venues near Aberfell for sports, hobbies and exercise.
In town, Arbroath Sports Centre and Saltire Sports Centre are two well-equipped sports venues with facilities that include swimming pool, sauna, steam room, games halls, squash courts, fitness/cycling studios, outdoor multi-sport facilities and gyms — all accessible with an ANGUSlive membership.
Those more serious about their sporting activities will find a warm welcome at Arbroath and District Athletics Club — who hold an annual cross-country run, compete in various track and field competitions and have membership that spans junior athletes through to the most veteran of athletic competitors.
Similarly, if pedal power is your preferred way to exercise and enjoy the beautiful Scottish countryside, then Angus Cycling Club and Angus Bike Chain Club offer both community and (optional) competition for riders of all experience levels and abilities. Sociable cycling is an ever-growing hobby for many, and there’s no better place to try it than the country roads and seaside routes of Arbroath and the Angus coast.
Further down the coast in the nearby city of Dundee, the Ancrum Outdoor Centre is a hub for all manner of activities and regularly hosts ‘team-building’ events for businesses. Visitors can try their hand at archery, chain walking, kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, mountaineering and skiing — with training courses delivered by experienced instructors and key equipment provided for most activities.
Golfers won’t be disappointed either — the local Arbroath Golf Links is a popular 18-hole course that will offer a challenge to even the most experienced player, with the Arbroath Artisan Golf Club offering members and visitors great views of the first and eighteenth holes, with a varied food and drink offering and a range of other facilities. Just a short hop down the coast, the world-famous Carnoustie Golf Links has hosted numerous Open Championships and has three courses to play, including the renowned Carnoustie Championship Course.
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