A new visitor experience highlighting the history and natural beauty of one of the most remote parts of Angus has been launched.
The Great Eskape is a collaborative venture between Angus businesses with support from the council’s business advisory service.
Setting out for scenic Glen Esk on a luxurious vintage coach with an expert guide, the tour offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to experience the sights, tastes and culture of Angus.
The tour was launched on Wednesday, April 27, with guests from the county’s tourism sector joining Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, on the inaugural journey.
Provost Leslie Melville said: “The imagination and hard work of all those involved in creating this new tour is to be commended.
“It offers visitors to the county a very special day promoting the natural beauty and history of Angus, while boosting the economy, particularly in rural areas.
“The tour encompasses some of the key themes of Angus Council’s Tourism Strategy, namely food and drink, cultural and ancestral tourism and activity tourism, and I am delighted that the council has been able to offer the support and expertise to local businesses to get this project off the ground.”
The Great Eskape takes in the historic burghs of Carnoustie, Forfar and Brechin, before arriving in scenic Glen Esk.
There’s a chance to soak up the glen’s natural beauty, before arriving at The Retreat folk museum and restaurant for some traditional Scottish cuisine.
Also included are a demonstration of traditional crafts and a tour round the folk museum bringing the area’s rich heritage to life.
The 1930s Limousine Asquith is provided by Chauffers of Carnoustie, Pauline Martin of the company commented:
“We feel really enthusiastic about The Great Eskape and our part in it.
“There are so many good aspects about this new tour and we think that tourists will really enjoy this all day trip.
“There’s something for everyone – beautiful scenery for photographers, a walk to Loch Lee for those who like the outdoors, Scottish cuisine for the gourmet, a tour round the folk museum for the historian and even a craft demonstration for those who like the arts.
“As far as I know this kind of tour hasn’t been tried anywhere else in Scotland so we’re really pleased to be in at the start.
“It combines the best of Angus all-in-one and we can’t wait to have our first group on board!”
The Retreat dates back to the 1840s and opened as a folk museum in 1955.
As well as a repository for Glen history, the Retreat was set up to give employment to local people, and provide an outlet for local produce, and craftwork.
Anne Taylor, chairman of The Retreat Trust said: “The Glenesk Retreat is delighted to welcome visitors on the Great Eskape Tour to our beautiful glen, full of history and wonderful scenery.
“This will be a unique opportunity for visitors to hear some of the stories connected with the surrounding countryside.
“Working with Angus Council and the other businesses involved in The Great Eskape has been enjoyable and we have all worked hard to make this a reality.
“We are excited to be a major part of this new venture as we believe that visitors can experience something very different and take home some special memories.”
For more information on the tour visit www.thegreateskcape.com.