Forbes of Kingennie, outside Dundee
It’s only a few miles from Dundee, but enjoys its own lovely countryside setting. The Forbes of Kingennie resort has been owned by the Forbes family since 1995, so you could say they know what they’re doing. It’s the perfect spot for a getaway with woodland and waterside lodges – both are so tranquil. It’s popular with golfers thanks to nearby Carnoustie. There’s even a nine-hole golf course and the young or young-at-heart will enjoy the putting green. We love the relaxed atmosphere at Kingennie. With roaring log fires, lodges with private balconies and choice of restaurants and menus, what’s not to love? If you like pies, you won’t be able to resist the chicken and Omachie gammon pie, topped with parmesan mash (more please!), but make sure you also leave room for a pudding. Come on, it would be a crime to leave without trying honeycomb pavlova with honeycomb ice-cream, wouldn’t it? Dogs are allowed in some lodges – or maybe you’ll just get to know Copper, the resort’s friendly Lab.
Where: Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, Kingennie, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 3RD
Tel: 01382 350777
Foresterseat Caravan Park, Forfar
A laid-back caravan site with views so good you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away to go exploring. Not far from Forfar, but far enough to be a real countryside retreat, it’s a great place to get away from it all.
Where: Foresterseat Caravan Park, Burnside, Arbroath Road, Forfar, DD8 2RY
Tel: 01307 818880
Harbour Nights Guest House, Arbroath
Located in the harbour area of Arbroath, some rooms offer a great view of the marina and beyond. All rooms are equipped with televisions and DVD players, and it’s great to see Arbroath smokies are a big part of the breakfast – they really are worth trying. Of course, they aren’t compulsory! Comfort, style and a friendly welcome await.
Where: Harbour Nights Guest House, 4 Shore, Arbroath, DD11 1PB
Tel: 01241 434343
Carnoustie Golf Hotel
Like golf? Then this is the hotel for you. It has great views of the famous Carnoustie Championship Golf Course. It also has fantastic spa facilities, including a pool and treatments such as a hot stone massage. The good news is you can often pick up special offers for spa stays – a perfect girly treat. Go on, you deserve it!
Where: The Carnoustie Golf Hotel, The Links, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE
Tel: 0843 1787109
Gramarcy House, Brechin
Gramarcy is an old stone house that’s full of character. Rooms are spacious, spotless and comfortable and there’s also a self-catering apartment. Checking in, you could easily imagine you’re in a city centre boutique hotel rather than an Angus B&B. There’s ample privacy thanks to the sweeping driveway and plenty of parking, too. Breakfasts are great – everything from porridge to a full Scottish feast – and nothing is too much trouble. A great plus is there are kitchen and dining facilities so if you fancy a takeaway or even a ready meal, you can prepare it here. Lots of guests are return visitors which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Special mention for the homemade shortbread – fabulous!
Where: Gramarcy House, 6 Airlie St, Brechin, DD9 6JP
Tel: 01356 622240
Tayview Caravan Park, Monifieth
TayView is rated a five-star site by VisitScotland and its high number of happy campers are proof it’s worthy of that accolade. It’s clean, well-maintained and the staff will go out of their way to help you. Not far from Dundee city centre, it’s a perfect base for exploring Angus. It’s close to the beach, too. Static caravans and glamping cabins available.
Where: TayView Caravan Park, Marine Drive, Monifieth, DD5 4GH
Tel: 01382 532837
Drumshademuir Caravan Park, Roundyhill, Forfar
It’s a quiet site, perfect for camping and caravanning. There are also pods, which offer all the fun of camping but with just a wee touch more luxury. You don’t have to go without a fridge, kettle, microwave or telly! Great for giving kids on an adventure. A lovely spot for exploring with plenty of walks – suitable for gentle strolls or hill-walking.
Where: Drumshademuir Caravan Park, Roundyhill, by Glamis, Forfar, DD8 1QT
Tel: 01575 573284
Lodge at Lochside, Lintrathen by Kirriemuir
The Lodge is set amid scenery so lovely don’t blame us if you don’t want to leave and return to real life. There are five spacious double bedrooms – four with en suite facilities and one with its own private bathroom. You can book a room or book the whole lodge for larger groups. There’s a comfy guest lounge, ideal for a cosy evening in after a day spent in the Angus glens. And there’s an on-site coffee shop, the Wee Bear Cafe. It’s small, but worth a trip in itself whether or not you’re staying here. Great soups, snacks and a lovely selection of cakes and treats.
Where: Lochside Lodge, Lintrathen, By Kirriemuir, DD8 5JH
Tel: 01575 560427
House of Mark, Glenesk
Unlike some guest houses, House of Mark is open all year round. It’s perfect for those hardy souls who like getting into the great outdoors in the depths of winter. Staying at this former manse is almost like a step back in time. Think old-fashioned hospitality, roaring fires, homemade meals, tea in bone china cups – and no TVs in rooms. Truly, this is getting away from it all.
Where: House of Mark, Glenesk, DD9 7YZ
Tel: 01356 670311
Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort Fowlis, by Dundee
Piperdam is the golf and leisure resort that’s got the lot. We love the self-catering lodges which offer comfort and space – perfect for relaxing in after a hard day’s… well, doing whatever you fancy, really. There’s golf, of course. But also classes and activities to suit all sorts. Come on, we know you’ve been itching to try body zorbs. Craving a bit less activity and a bit more me-time? Then head to the pool area, which comes complete with steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to food, too. From healthy snacks to blow-the-diet puds, you’ll find something to suit. Lodges with private hot tubs are available, too.
Where: Piperdam Golf and Leisure, Fowlis, by Dundee, DD2 5LP
Tel: 01382 585000