Angus | Town | ★★★

[Arbroath Abbey]

Forfar may be the capital of Angus but Arbroath is its largest town: in the far southeast 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.

[Wild seas on the coast path between Arbroath and Auchmithie]

Location & info

📌 Arbroath ★★★
Angus, G.R.: NO 643410 ///

🚶 The abbey and Signal Tower Museum are at opposite ends of the town centre, about a 15-min walk apart.
🚌 Arbroath is on the Dundee to Aberdeen railway line, with direct trains also calling from towns and cities further south. There are many local and regional buses.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Arbroath Abbey ★★★
💬 12th century abbey with both intact and ruined parts, and an excellent visitor centre exhibition.
Abbey Street, 5-min walk north of the town centre, G.R.: NO 643413 ///risk.deep.unity
Open daily | £9 adult / £5.40 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Signal Tower Museum ★★★
💬 Museum with interesting displays about the Bell Rock Lighthouse and Arbroath's maritime history, housed in a former signal tower.
Ladyloan, 10-min walk southwest of the town centre, G.R.: NO 641405 ///lives.hoot.awards
Open Tuesday to Saturday, April to October; Thursday to Saturday, November to March | Free

>> Walk: Arbroath to Auchmithie - Smokie coast ★★★

[Arbroath Abbey]

[Stormy seas at Whiting Ness, on the east side of town]


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