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Things To Do & See In Arbroath

Arbroath is located on the East Coast of Scotland, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and historic places of interest.  We’ve selected a few of our previous guest’s favourites but there is always somewhere new to explore.

  • Arbroath Abbey

     

    Arbroath Abbey is best known for the Declaration of Arbroath, arguably the most famous document in Scottish history.

    When Robert Bruce defeated Edward II of England at Bannockburn in 1314, this did not end the Wars of Independence. The English persuaded Pope John XXII to retain the sentence of excommunication passed on King Robert in 1306.

    In response, 40 Scottish nobles, barons and freemen despatched an apologia to Pope John. This letter formally and eloquently set out Scotland’s case that it was an independent, sovereign kingdom. It was probably drafted by Abbot Bernard of Arbroath, King Robert’s chancellor. It was sent from here in April 1320 and became known as the Declaration of Arbroath.

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  • Seaton Cliff Walk

     

    Seaton Cliffs has spectacular red sandstone cliffs with many sea caves, stacks, blowholes and arches formed by sea erosion. The cliffs support species-rich maritime grassland vegetation and there are also areas of wooded gorge and saltmarsh.

    It’s only a short stroll from The Old Vicarage to the start of a gentle walk along the cliffs where you will get great views of the landscape and the local wildlife.

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  • Arbroath Golf Course

     

    Arbroath is right in the middle of great golfing country, with a local links course only 3 miles away and a host of other great courses nearby in Carnoustie, Letham Grange, Guthrie Castle & beyond.

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  • Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

     

    A museum located near the harbour that is built inside the Signal Tower originally used as shore station for the Bell Rock lighthouse.  The museum contains a number of exhibitions and multimedia displays that tell the tale of the lighthouse, and the fishing and maritime communities.

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  • St Vigeans Sculptured Stones

     

    Please note that the museum is open by appointment only, please phone 01241 878 756 for details and to arrange a visit.

    A newly refurbished museum that contains 38 Pictish carved stones dating from over 1,000 years ago – some of the earliest art in Scotland.  The quality and craftsmanship of the carving is among the finest in Europe from that time and the carvings themselves give an insight into the world and daily lives of our ancestors.

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  • National Cycle Route 1

     

    We are 400m from the National Cycle Route 1 as it passess through Arbroath.  Using route 1 it’s possible to cycle from Arbroath to Dundee entirely away from main roads, with most of the route on dedicated cycle paths.  The number 1 route runs from Dover in the South to The Shetlands in the North.  Additionally, there are a number of quiet lanes suitable for leisure cycling nearby.

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