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The Royal Burgh of Montrose is the northern-most coastal town in Angus - a proud little town whose pinky grey buildings radiate history and tell of a time when this was the prosperous home of merchants, sea captains and wealthy landowners.
House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve
With so much history behind it, the rich character of the House of Dun is sure to keep you occupied all day.
The handsome Georgian house overlooking the Montrose Basin was completed in 1730 by William Adam for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun. Inside, grand public rooms with elaborate plasterwork sit alongside family apartments. Outside, visit the courtyard buildings where you’ll find a handloom weaving workshop, the Victorian walled garden and enjoy a walk in the woodlands surrounding the house.
For the children there is plenty to do with lots of exploring and a fun to be had including an exciting playground surrounded with picnic tables.
Another interesting and great place to visit with or without children is the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. The Trust owns much of the western half, and it is internationally important for its migratory wading birds and wildfowl.
Built in 1841 Montrose Museum was one of the first purpose-built museums in Scotland. It houses many aspects of the history of Montrose plus an art gallery.
Enjoy a bicycle ride to or walk around Scurdie Ness. Scurdie Ness is a distinctive light house that marks the headland of this rocky stretch of coastland approaching Montrose.
Only 15 minutes drive from the Links Hotel is Ferryden, a picturesque former fishing village situated on the south side of the river South Esk.
Located in the small quiet town of Fettercairn you will find one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. “Fettercairn 1824 single malt whisky is matured in oak casks on earthen floors – the traditional way”. This is well worth a visit anytime between Easter until the end of September.