Angus Secret Coastline & Glamis Castle

Angus Secret Coastline & Glamis Castle

We tour the towns & cities of the Angus coastline with a visit to the Queen Mother's childhood home


We tour the towns & cities of the Angus coastline with a visit to the Queen Mother's childhood home


The coastal town of Montrose sits between Dundee and Aberdeen and boasts an attractive town centre an interesting museum and art gallery and a wide sandy beach.



The 'city' of Brechin is situated on the banks of the River South Esk in rural Angus. The town is well known for its cathedral, with eleventh century round tower, one of only two of these Irish-style monuments surviving in Scotland.


The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.

The town's most famous product is the Arbroath Smokie, which was first created in the village of Auchmithie. It is line-caught haddock, smoke-cured over smouldering oak chips, and still made here in a number of family-run smokehouses tucked in around the harbour. One of the most approachable and atmospheric is MM Spink's tiny whitewashed premises at 10 Marketgate. Wander through the huddled cottages of the 'Fit o'the Toon' - the harbour district where the smell of Arbroath smokies usually hangs heavy in the air.


Carnouistie is situated on the Angus coast between Dundee and Arbroath and famed for its championship golf course.

The famous Carnoustie links has proved a magnetic challenge for golfers of all standards. It was the scene of local lad Paul Lawrie's heroics in the 1999 Open Championship, when he lifted the famous claret jug.



Aberdeenshire is famous for its granite - a silvery-grey rock that is packed with tiny sparkling crystals. In the city you'll see lots of stunning buildings made of this sparkling stone - just one of the qualities that makes Aberdeen unique. Its sandy beach, just a short walk from the city centre, is another.

Harbour Cruise

A fascinating harbour cruise in a busy working harbour, meet Scottish marine wildlife in its natural habitat, find bottlenose dolphins, white beaked dolphins, risso dolphins minke whale, basking sharks, porpoises.


Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Glamis Castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married King George VI, and was later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her second daughter, Princess Margaret, was born there.

The castle is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Glamis is set in the broad and fertile lowland valley of Strathmore, near Forfar the county town of Angus. The estate surrounding the castle covers more than 14,000 acres and, in addition to parks and gardens, produces several cash crops including lumber and beef. There are two streams running through the estate, one of them the Glamis Burn. An arboretum overlooking Glamis Burn features trees from all over the world, many of them rare and several hundred years old. Birds and other small wildlife are common throughout the grounds.

Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and, fully named as Dundee City,  It lies on the north bank of the Firth of Tay which feeds into the North Sea Today, Dundee is promoted as the City of Discovery, in honour of Dundee's history of scientific activities and of the RRS Discovery, Robert Falcon Scott's  Antarctic exploration vessel, which was built in Dundee and is now berthed in the city harbour.

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning and travel north via Moffat and Glasgow to Perth, time at leisure for lunch before continuing north to Montrose and our hotel the Park. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Our first visit this morning is to the city of Brechin with its ancient 11th century tower & Brechin Museum depicting 2000 years of history. We then visit Arbroath with its picturesque working harbour and home to the world famous Arbroath Smokie. Our final stop today is the famous golf town of Carnoustie. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

We leave our hotel after breakfast for the drive north to Aberdeen, on arrival we visit the Gordon Highlanders Museum, the only Visit Scotland 5-Star Attraction in Aberdeen, the museum tells the extraordinary 200 year history of the Finest Regiment in the World! On arrival we have a guided tour of the museum, we then have a soup and sandwich lunch and time to view the walled memorial garden. We then head into Aberdeen city centre, here you can have some time at leisure or join us on a guided tour of the fascinating Aberdeen Maritime Museum which as well as offering a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour, tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea. This award-winning museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. We depart Aberdeen late afternoon for the return to Montrose and dinner at the Park Hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we head to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother, time to explore the legend of the castle and admire the beauty of the gardens. We return to Montrose via Dundee 'The City of Discovery' with its waterfront setting on the River Tay and a visit to the new £80 million Victoria & Albert Museum. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

After our hearty breakfast we head south through Fife and over the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh, time at leisure for lunch before we leave mid afternoon for the journey home, arriving in Cumbria early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Park Hotel Montrose

The Montrose Park Hotel is located in the quiet mid-links area of Montrose, yet only a few minutes walk from the busy High Street and the beach. The hotel is an excellent base for exploring the Angus Glens and all they have to offer. Castles, including Glamis and Dunnotar, are a little over half an hour away.

The hotel has 30 standard twin rooms and 20 standard double rooms. They are all en-suite, however some have a shower only.  Eighteen of the rooms are on the ground floor. All rooms have flat-screen television, trouser press, iron and board, welcome tray, direct dial phone and free WiFi access.

The welcoming bar and restaurant always provides a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a varied selection of dishes to tempt your palate throughout the day.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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