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Trip List by Herringfan

Hidden coast and castles

May 1, 2006  Writer inspired by this area where she grew up.
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

The county of Angus is one of Scotland's hidden gems and at its best in the spring.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Edzell Castle and Gardens
    http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/txtonly/properties_sites_detail.ht...

    Dating back to 1100, this compact castle has an impressive tower house but the greatest attraction is the walled garden, complete with spaces for birds to nest. It was visited by Mary Queen of Scots and has a ghost too!

  • 2. Small but perfect - Glen Esk
    http://www.angusglens.co.uk

    From Edzell Castle head up Glen Esk for a drive in some of the most beautiful scenery in NE Scotland. Totally different from the west coast. A winding road with glimpses of the river and picture postcard views around every corner, as it cuts deep into the Eastern flank of the Cairngorms

  • 3. The Retreat craft shop and folk museum
    http://www.angusglens.co.uk

    This was set up about 50 years ago to provide employment for local people in the glen and has become a favourite for people living in Angus, for whom a "run up the glen" isn't complete without popping in here. It's undergone a renovation, but despite this modernisation it's still worth a visit and is a great place for stopping to eat.

  • 4. Loch Lee and another castle
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

    At the head of the glen is a car park. Now it's time to walk - how far? The choice is yours. Follow the ancient path that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took and you'll find The Queen's Well, a granite memorial marking their visit. Or just head for Loch Lee and you'll be able to take stunning photographs of Invermark Castle, an impressive tower house.

  • 5. Rocks of Solitude and salmon leaping
    http://www.walking.visitscotland.com/walks/perthangusfife

    Open the blue door and enter a different world. Whether you arrive here by turning right as you leave Glen Esk or head here from Edzell, this is a great riverside walk that follows the River Esk through a deep sandstone gorge and to the salmon leaps. It's great at any time of day, but in spring, early morning or evening is magical.

  • 6. Edzell and the Shakkin Brig
    http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/towns/townfirst390.html

    Back in the village of Edzell and a chance to see a different side of the River Esk. Follow the path down from the post office and you'll reach a little picnic spot that's not too far to carry your picnic box - or buy some icecream from the nearby shop after parking on the main street (free). Skim some stones across the river, then find some sticks and head for the Shakkin Brig (suspension bridge) for a game of Pooh Sticks (drop sticks on the upstream side of the bridge and see which one makes it downsteam first). Can you resist making the bridge shake? There's a pleasant walk on the other side of the river, or head back into Edzell and enjoy some traditional fish and chips . A visit to the little charity shop in the High Street is great fun. See if you can pick up a bargain - and support local good causes at the same time.

  • 7. Don't forget to Tuck Inn!
    http://www.knowhere.co.uk/4334_eatdrink.html

    Whether you're wanting an ice cream, coffee and a cake or a full meal, this is a little cafe that is worth visiting. There is also a popular take-away service so if the weather's good why not order some fish and chips and head for the river or for Edzell Muir, the open area on the edge of the village. With picnic tables and an adventure play park for the kids - plus toilets - it's a great alternative to eating inside. Enjoy!