Heritage of Angus detailed in booklet

Heritage trail
Heritage trail

The unique heritage, traditions and culture of Angus, including Brechin and Edzell, are highlighted in a newly-published booklet.

The Angus Heritage Trail provides a guide to the county’s many visitor attractions, museums, historic buildings, beautiful gardens and art galleries.

It focuses on each town in Angus individually and, as well as suggesting places to visit, also provides snippets of historic information and fascinating facts.

Brechin’s often visible links to its fascinating past are reflected in the places which tell the town’s story in the the Angus Heritage Trail booklet. From Pictavia, which focuses on the Picts who inhabited this area nearly 2,000 years ago to the cottage which is the ancestral home of the Davidsons of Harley Davidson fame to the Victorian railway station where steam engines still travel to and from Bridge of Dun.

Forfar’s role as the centre of the Pictish heartland and the site of a castle destroyed by Robert The Bruce both receive a mention, whilst the Glamis pages of the booklet feature the village’s thatched cottages and majestic castle, as well as Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s headquarters.

Kirriemuir’s mysterious standing stone on the top of Kirrie Hill is singled out as a place to visit in the Wee Red Town, along with the Gateway to the Glens Museum and nearby Glen Prosen’s stunning granite memorial to Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

The heritage of Edzell, Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth is also well represented in the booklet. Amongst the many places mentioned are the medieval Arbroath Abbey, the fully restored working oatmeal mill at Barry and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, the UK’s first military air station.

The Angus Heritage Trail is the latest publication by Angus Heritage, organisers of Angus Heritage Week, which this year runs from 13-20 September.

“The Angus Heritage Trail features many visitor attractions which will be participating in Angus Heritage Week, such as Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club and its outstanding collection of motor vehicles,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council tourism spokesperson, who will launch the Angus Heritage Trail at Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s headquarters on August 1.

“Angus is a truly fascinating place,” continued Councillor Evans.

“This handy – and beautifully designed – booklet will encourage visitors and locals alike to explore Angus and find out more about the people and places that have contributed to the rich and varied heritage of our county over the centuries.”

The Angus Heritage Trail is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife (or download from www.angusheritage.com).