Mini guide to Montrose
Montrose is located on Scotland's eastern coastline and is the most northerly
coastal town in the ancient county of Angus. The town has a stunning setting on
the internationally renowned Montrose Basin, an important wildlife sanctuary,
as well as boasting the widest high street in Scotland. Historic architecture
dominates the town centre, acting as a reminder of the town's role as a major
Montrose's chief attraction is the Montrose Basin and Wildlife Centre. The
Basin is home to a stunning array of birdlife, with the winter months dominated
by pink-footed geese. The Wildlife Centre offers interactive displays and informative
exhibits. On the outskirts of town is the grand House of Dun, built in 1730
by the Scottish architect William Adam.
The town itself features picturesque streets lined with Victorian townhouses
and other well preserved buildings, as well as numerous parks and gardens. Within
easy walking distance of the town centre is the Neo-Classical Montrose Museum,
which dates back to 1842 and houses interesting displays depicting traditional
life, trade, industry and religion. The museum is also home to an art gallery
with regular exhibitions by local artists.
Montrose comes equipped with a modern sports centre and swimming pool, as well
as the fifth oldest golf course in the world, Montrose Medal, where golf has
been played since 1562. St Cyrus and Lunan Bay offer pristine sandy beaches
and rugged scenery.
The town is packed with traditional pubs serving up a variety of local dishes
and ales, while a number of restaurants cater for international tastes, influenced
by Montrose's role in Scotland's North Sea oil industry. The town offers a number
of convenience stores, newsagents and pharmacies, as well as a shopping centre
Montrose is situated about half way between the vibrant and historical cities
of Aberdeen and Dundee. Forfar is the administrative centre of Angus County
and was a favourite royal residence in the 12th and 13th centuries, as well
as being an important religious centre.
To get to Montrose from Dundee, follow the A90 north to Brechin then continue
along the A935 to Montrose. The town is served by the East Coast line from London
as well as local commuter trains from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and
Perth. Coach and local bus services are also available. Dundee and Aberdeen
both have airports serving destinations throughout the UK and are about a 30-minute
drive from Montrose.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Swallow Park Hotel
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