Scotland's Gems

Angus: Where to stay

April 7, 2017

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.


Angus: Where to eat and drink

March 10, 2017

Artisana, Kirriemuir And now for something completely different. Back in 2013, Ailsa Hayward found a rusty old van, abandoned and alone. It was love at first sight. Fast forward a few years and that van – Fleur – is now a regular at shows, weddings, fayres and other events. And the good news is she’s been completely restored and renewed – and is filled with divine cakes, bakes and other goodies made by Ailsa. How do fudgy brownies, sweet and salty rocky road and crispy leek and mature cheddar savoury mini muffins grab you? Ailsa will be out and about a lot with Fleur over the next few months – you can catch them at Bonfest in Kirriemuir in April, Mofest in Montrose in May and Dogs Day Out at Glamis Castle in July.