15 Hidden Gems in Angus

Turbulent water and rainbow at Reekie Linn (Jim Burns)

Reekie Linn

It’s a whopper of a waterfall – but you don’t know it’s there until you walk a few hundred yards and then you’ll hear the thundering water. There’s also a second “secret” waterfall – go through the bushes at the end of the path and on further for 100 metres or so.

Where: Glen Isla, PH11 8HW

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Ten Bar

We love the Bite Box, a delicious box of treats to help soak up the cocktails on sale! With crackers, chutney, cheese and fruit, it’s fab.

Where: Ten BarForfar, DD8 3AD

The entrance to Murton Farm in its Google virtual tour shot by Mr Droogle.
The entrance to Murton Farm in its Google virtual tour shot by Mr Droogle.

Murton Farm

The afternoon teas here are superb. Sandwiches and home-made cakes that are simply delicious.

Where: Murton Farm, Forfar, DD8 2RZ

A dolphin leaps above the surface of the water in the Sound of Sleat, a narrow sea channel off the western coast of Scotland.
A dolphin leaps above the surface of the water in the Sound of Sleat, a narrow sea channel off the western coast of Scotland.

National Nature Reserve

It’s not unusual to see dolphins in this part of the world and the beach at St Cyrus is a lovely place for spotting them. Also great for walking.

Where: National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus, DD10 0AQ 

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Peel Farm

furniture, gifts and crafts set amid the stunning Angus countryside next to Linrathen Loch. mouth of the north esk st cyrus, DD10 0AQ Gorgeous any time of day, but time your visit so you can watch the herons grab a bite to eat as the sun sets.

Where: Peel Farm, Linrathen, DD8 5JJ

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Kirkstyle Hideaway

This is a B&B, but is a private property with patio area away from the main house. Enjoy privacy, but with a lovely breakfast as a bonus!

Where: Kirkstyle Hideaway, St Vigeans by Arbroath, DD11 4RB

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Shakin’ Brig

Just off Edzell’s Gassy Brae, the brig straddles the River North Esk, connecting Angus and Kincardineshire. Kids will love its shakiness, but it’s also a lovely walk.

Where: Shakin’ Brig, Edzell, DD9 7TA

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Smithies

Love gin? Smithies deli has a great choice of unusual brands on its shelves. A haven of amazing goodies.

Where: Smithies, Arbroath, DD11 1RG

(Kris Miller, Courier, DC Thomson)
(Kris Miller, Courier, DC Thomson)

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Horse and donkey sanctuary open to the public and often runs events. There is a cafe complete with healthy options – neigh joke!

Where: Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Forfar, DD8 3SQ

(Dougie Nicolson, DC Thomson)
(Dougie Nicolson, DC Thomson)

Viewing Platform – Lunan Bay

The beach is loved for its beauty. It’s amazing. Make sure you find the viewing platform for the best outlook.

Where: Lunan Bay, DD10 9TG

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House of Farnell

This quirky coffee and gift shop only opens for a few weeks a year – spring and Christmas – and is a Danish-themed treasure trove. Unique.

Where: House of Farnell, Brechin, DD9 6UH

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Franco’s Cafe

It’s all about the cheesecake. And the milkshake. And the coffee refills. It’s no wonder Franco’s is a hotspot.

Where: Franco’s Cafe, Carnoustie, DD7 6AN

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Driving Range

Two minutes off the A90, watch the next generation of Rory McIlroys practise while enjoying fab fare.

Where: Driving Range, Forfar, DD8 3RN

 

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The Swan

You could walk past The Swan thinking it’s a boozer. That would be a crime – it’s a gem of an Indian restaurant.

Where: The Swan, Brechin, DD9 6EE

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Mouth of the North Esk

Gorgeous any time of day, but time your visit so you can watch the herons grab a bite to eat as the sun sets.

Where: Mouth of the North Esk, St Cyrus, DD10 0AQ

 

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