HOW many times have you heard friends and family say they’re off to Angus for a holiday?
Not as many as you should.
Because Angus is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
And yet it is often criminally overlooked as the destination for a break, a place to recharge.
Why do we love it so much?
Well, it has some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. It’s full of glorious glens which are surrounded by rolling hills. Those hills are alive with the sound of flowing waterfalls and wildlife.
The beaches are just out of this world, too. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t get Spanish-style sunshine days to enjoy them.
Just try a walk at lovely Lunan Bay, main picture right, on a spring day and you’ll see why a lack of baking heat doesn’t detract from the experience in any way.
Step on to those sands and feel your cares melt away.
And we haven’t even started on places to stay, eat and drink.
From pretty Kirriemuir to the coastal beauty and friendly parks of Montrose, inset picture right, you’ll find a warm welcome here.
It’s crammed with lovely wee cafes, inns and places to pamper – and don’t you deserve that?
Angus might lack a big, busy city hub, where you can party all night long and get swept along in crowds.
But that just adds to its attraction.
Sometimes you don’t want to spend hours looking for a parking space and to shop until you drop in crammed city centres.
You want to roll back the pace of life a bit. To stop, pause and enjoy the moment. And Angus is the perfect place to do just that.
The beauty of it is, though, that if you do feel you need a bit more hustle and bustle in your life, Dundee and Aberdeen are within easy reach.
Angus is so rich in history, too. Locals refer to it as the birthplace of Scotland.
So, as 2017 is officially the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, it makes sense to put Angus on your list of places to visit.
You won’t be disappointed. Everyone should come and explore the area at least once. To miss it is to miss out.
As Kirriemuir author JM Barrie wrote in Peter Pan: “Never is an awfully long time.”
The man makes sense. Need to get away from it all? This beautiful part of Scotland won’t let you down.