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Discovering Montrose

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In the North East of Scotland, there are a great many undiscovered gems that lie along a dramatic coastline. Ask any tourist what part of Scotland they’d be most keen to visit, and a lot of predictable answers might include the likes of Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands, and the Western Isles.


If you’re looking for something more off the beaten track, and a look into small-town life in Scotland, the town of Montrose can give visitors a truly unique experience. Lying just under 40 miles to the North of the city of Dundee, Montrose has an interesting a varied history. Being an Eastern facing port, the town has been of strategic importance and was even attacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century.


Today the town is proud of its history and takes full advantage of its dramatic setting against the North Sea. Here are some of the top things to do, if you decide to take a visit to this often overlooked town.


Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre


Fans of aviation will be right at home at the former RAF base and museum. Here, during the Second World War, many sorties were flown by fighter aces to help repel the threat of a German invasion. Today, the airfield hosts an extensive museum, filled with many vintage and replica aircraft. Chalks away!


House of Dun


This National Trust property was formerly the home of the Erskine family, before being bequeathed to the trust in 1980. Today, the house is open to the public and is filled with historical furnishings that help paint a picture of what life was like back when the house was in its prime. Today, the house sits on a nature preserve, making it an ideal starting point for a country ramble.


Charleton Fruit Farm


For those with a culinary spark, a trip to the local fruit farm is a must. The local produce is of an incredibly high quality, and many people travel considerable distances to have a taste of what’s on offer. A great place to take the kids as well as there are trampolines and playhouses to keep the kids occupied. Once you’ve gathered your berries, you can try making a local delicacy – Cranachan!


Montrose Basin Visitor Centre


Scotland is famous for its wildlife, and Montrose is no exception. The visitor centre near the town makes a great starting point for discovering the broad diversity of wildlife that can be found in this part of the world. From here, dependant on the season, you might see pink-footed geese, black-headed gulls, sand martins and even kingfishers. If you’re wanting to get right in the thick of it, you can even try a spot of whale watching…


The Pavilion Café


If a trip to Montrose has caused you to work up an appetite, then you’ll need to head down to the Pavilion Café for a spot of lunch. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect place to unwind and reflect on the towns beautiful surroundings. A great place to come if you want a decent sandwich and the eggs benedict can’t be beaten!


The best way to experience the town is to get an idea of life in Montrose. There’s plenty to do in a part of Scotland that remains largely undiscovered by international tourists. 


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