Forfar may be the capital of Angus but Arbroath is its largest town: in the far south-east of the region overlooking the North Sea. The biggest draw is the grand, ruined Abbey which in 1320 saw the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath: a document claiming and defending Scotland's independence. Less popular but worth visiting is the council-run Signal Tower Museum, telling the story of Arbroath's links with the coast. These two attractions are on either side of an attractive town centre and High Street: look out for Arbroath Smokies (smoked haddock) on sale, although they were actually first made in nearby Auchmithie.
📌 Arbroath ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NO 643410 ///sang.rich.spring
|[Stormy seas at Whiting Ness, on the east side of town]|
Within walking distance
📌 Arbroath Abbey ★★★☆☆
Description: 12th century abbey with both intact and ruined parts, and an excellent visitor centre exhibition.
Location: Abbey Street, 5-min walk north of the centre, G.R.: NO 643413 ///risk.deep.unity
Open (2019): Daily
Cost (2019): £6 (adults), £3.60 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
📌 Signal Tower Museum ★★★☆☆
Description: Museum with interesting displays about the Bell Rock Lighthouse and Arbroath's maritime history, housed in a former signal tower.
Location: Ladyloan, 10-min walk southwest of the centre, G.R.: NO 641405 ///lives.hoot.awards
Open (2019): Tuesday to Saturday
>> Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast ★★★☆☆
|[Wild seas on the coast path between Arbroath and Auchmithie]|