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.
Name: Arbroath ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NO 643410 / sang rich spring
|[Stormy seas at Whiting Ness, on the east side of town]|
Within walking distance
Name: 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 from the centre, G.R.: NO 643413 / risk deep unity
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Name: 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 south-west from the centre, G.R.: NO 641405 / lives hoot awards
Open (2017): Tuesday to Saturday
>> see separate post for Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast ★★★☆☆
|[Wild seas on the coast path between Arbroath and Auchmithie]|