Local Attractions and Places of Interest
The Station, Park Road, Brechin
The four mile section of the Kinnaber to Brechin line, between Brechin and the Bridge of Dun forms the basis of this site preserving an important fragment of Scotland’s historic railways. Picturesque Victorian Brechin Station is itself the only remaining terminus of the Caledonian Branch line.
The Caledonian Railway’s collection of classic steam and vintage diesel locomotives and coaches run a summer timetable of passenger trains between the original stations at Brechin and Bridge of Dun. Trains run on Sundays in June and September, and Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. The historic House of Dun is just a 2 mile walk from Bridge of Dun.
There is free parking and a booking office at both stations and at Brechin Station there is a gift shop.
A mansion and an estate located 2 miles (3 km) south southwest of Montrose. The third property in the vicinity, Dunninald Castle was built in the Gothic-revival style to the designs of architect James Gillespie Graham (1776 – 1855) for Peter Arklay in 1824. Little remains of the first, Black Jack’s Castle, built in the 15th century for the Gray family.
The second, an earlier Dunninald Castle dated from the 17th century and was also home to the Grays. Dunninald Castle lies in a planned landscape dating from 1740 which includes a walled garden. Still a family home, the property is open to the public.
Off A92 South of Stonehaven
Visit Dunnottar Castle for an unforgettable experience. A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting.
As you wander around the extensive buildings – from the keep through the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses to the less-ruinous chapel and drawing room – you will discover the importance of Dunnottar, an impregnable Castle that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.
Distillery Road, Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire
Fettercairn distillery has been in operation since 1824, making it one of Scotland’s oldest malt whisky distilleries. The Distillery is snugly tucked away at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains from which it takes spring water supplies. This area is one of Scotland’s most fertile regions, and is why Fettercairn is hidden amongst its forests and glens. These distinct characteristics combine to produce a balanced malt whisky with a fine character.
GLENESK FOLK MUSEUM
The Retreat, Tarfside, Glenesk
Local folk museum with tearoom and craft/gift shop.
HOUSE OF DUN
A Georgian mansion house in Angus, situated to the west of Montrose overlooking the Montrose Basin. It was designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. The house, which has superb plasterwork by Joseph Enzer, has associations with Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine, a natural daughter of William IV and Mrs Jordan.
The property, including 361 ha (893 acres) of woodlands and farmland, was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1980 by Mrs M.A.A. Lovett.
A large inlet of the North Sea on the coast of Angus, Lunan Bay lies 5 miles to the south of Montrose between Boddin Point and the Lang Craig. The Lunan Water enters the bay near the village of Lunan.
The beach is a beautiful place to get away from it all and relax. If swimming in the sea or going surfing, be careful as there are strong currents. Look out for the wildlife, including nesting puffins.
MONTROSE AIR STATION HERITAGE CENTRE
Waldron Road, Montrose
Preservation of memorabilia relating to RAF Montrose and other aviation artefacts.
MONTROSE BASIN WILDLIFE CENTRE
Arbroath Road (A92), Montrose
See magnificent wildlife and enjoy a superb panorama from the comfort of this unique centre.
A wide sandy bay which extends 5 miles (8 km) north northeast from the outflow of the River South Esk at Montrose beyond the mouth of the North Esk, to St Cyrus. Fringed by sand-dunes.
The Links and Golf Courses of Montrose lie at southern end, while the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve lies at the northern end.
214 High Street, Montrose
Gifted to the town by Andrew Carnegie, Montrose Library hold a collection of books and ephemera highlighting all aspects of Montrose past and present.
MONTROSE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Panmure Place, Montrose
The Museum opened in 1842. There are collections of local archaeology, social, industrial and maritime history, natural sciences, Pictish stones.
MONTROSE SPORTS CENTRE AND SWIMMING POOL
Marine Avenue, Montrose
Opened in 1983, this centre is situated close to the town centre and within walking distance of Montrose’s sandy beach.
SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST
Wildlife Centre, Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Montrose
Wildlife visitor centre. Come and see magnificent wildlife and enjoy the panorama from the comfort of this unique centre. Facilities available for all.
Traill Drive, Montrose
The Montrose Seafront Splash play area is a great place for a day out. Located on the Traill Drive next to one of Scotland’s most extensive golden beaches it provides fun for all the family
ST CYRUS NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
St Cyrus, Montrose
Reserve supporting a rich variety of plants, insects and birds.
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
Montrose Museum, Panmure Place, Montrose
Local Tourist Information Centre housed in Montrose Museum offering information and assistance to visitors.
WILLIAM LAMB MEMORIAL STUDIO
24 Market Street, Montrose
The William Lamb Memorial Studio is located within Montrose (Angus) and is home to works by this nationally renowned sculptor.