County town of Angus, Forfar is a historic market town dating back to Pictish times, bordered by Balmashanner Hill to the south and a picturesque loch to the west. The centre has plenty of places to eat and an interesting, free museum. The ruined medieval monastery, Restenneth Priory, provides a tranquil diversion, with a number of ornate Pictish stones around the nearby village of Aberlemno also worth seeing.
|[Forfar seen from Balmashanner Hill]|
Name: Forfar ★☆☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NO 457506 / reason rivers fame
Within walking distance
>> see separate post for Forfar Loch Country Park ★★☆☆☆
Name: Meffan Museum and Art Gallery ★★☆☆☆
Description: Small, town museum aslo showcasing works by local artists.
Location: West High Street, Forfar, G.R.: NO 456506 / hill timing teams
Open (2017): Tuesday to Saturday
>> see separate post for Walk: Bummie ★★★☆☆
Name: Aberlemno Sculptured Stones ★★☆☆☆
Description: Several ornately carved Pictish stones strung out along the B9134 around Aberlemno, also with a beautiful Pictish cross slab in Aberlemno Churchyard.
Location (most northerly stone): On the B9134 five miles north-east of Forfar, approximate G.R.: NO 522559 / seabirds hawks searching
Open (2017): Approximately April to September
Anything else? Park at the nearby village hall (signposted), or at the church for the cross slab there.
Name: Restenneth Priory ★★☆☆☆
Description: Peaceful monastery ruin with an impressive surviving tower.
Location: Off the B9119 a mile east of Forfar, G.R.: NO 482516 / golden feasts constrain
|[The tallest of the Aberlemno Stones (April 2014)]|