Scottish salmon rivers are well known wherever salmon anglers meet. Tay, Dee, Ness, Spey, Tweed, Helmsdale to name but a few are part of an international fishing language, associated with prolific salmon runs, classic salmon flies and a number of fishing techniques that have stood the test of time such as Greased Line, Spey casting and backing up.
Couple Scotland's fishing opportunities with this fantastic heritage, add whisky and fine people and you have the recipe for enjoyment, challenge and with a bit of luck, success.
As if that were not enough, salmon fishing is only a fraction of what Scotland can offer the fly fisherman, for the water also teems with brown trout. Wild, feisty brown trout, large and small, bright and dark, a plenitude of spotty piscatorial beauties in multitudes of rivers and lochs. Deep in the large lochs lie double figure trout, in the rivers good quality wild trout between 10 and 18 inches are plentiful and in the mountain lochs seldom fished who knows what lurks beneath the dancing waves?
Trout fishing on many of the Scottish rivers is excellent value and challenging. The average price of a day's fishing is around £5, about the same as a dram of good malt whisky, but of course the fishing lasts 24 hours and you can use as much water as you like without spoiling it! Loch fishing from boats is slightly more expensive because the boat has to be hired. Costs vary between £15 and £40 for two or three anglers, which still represents excellent value.
If you randomly pointed a pencil at a map of Angus, the chances are that it would land in the middle of a golf course; there are just so many. There are three golf courses just outside Alyth and one in Blairgowrie, and then in the other direction there are the Kirriemuir and Forfar courses as well.
The best place to go for information about playing golf in the area is the Alyth Golf Desk, which will even book you in to some courses.
You don't need to go much farther to find more famous golf courses either, St. Andrews and Carnoustie being but two.
However, as Fife is the area in which golf was invented, playing on courses slightly farther from Angus will incur a cost.
Bed and Breakfast can be arranged for parties of golfers if required.
Located West of Friockheim. The house, built in 1730, is a white harled three-storey mansion overlooking the lawns and Policy Field and backing onto part of an earlier 17th century house. Principal garden features include a kitchen garden, a rose garden, a trellis walk, an alpine meadow and a hornbeam walk.
Massed spring bulbs, roses, herbaceous borders and a wide variety of shrubs are found throughout the garden. In summer old-fashioned roses with long borders of herbaceous perennials and superb delphiniums can be found. The Riverside walk with fine trees, interesting turreted doocot and ‘Gothic’ wash-house is definitely worth seeing.
Also some of the rare and unusual plants grown there are for sale, including fruit, if it is in season.
The lochs, mires and fens of this nature reserve are surrounded by farmland. It is one of the best places in Scotland to see black-necked grebes, which nest in the midst of a colony of black-headed gulls. Ospreys regularly visit in the summer.
Two paths from the car park lead to the hides. The path to Gullery hide is 75m of rolled stone, and then continues for 25m of boardwalk/ramp. It continues for 290m, gently undulating in parts, to Swamp hide, incorporating boardwalks totalling 85m. The path to East hide, 225m from the car park, is surfaced with rolled stone and has a 1:15 slope.
Gullery hide is accessed via a wooden boardwalk. The door opens outwards; there are two adapted places, but help may be needed to move the bench. Swamp hide has an outwards opening door; two adapted places, again help may be needed with the bench. East hide is accessed via six steps.
Sensation, Dundee's Millennium project, is a new and exciting science centre that has captured the imagination of the public. Housed in a striking building on part of a former rail yard site, Sensation is one of Scotland's most exciting visitor attractions.
Sensation has an exhibition area of 1000 square metres, 17 computers all with Internet access and an education room specifically designed for school parties. Visitors are encouraged to interact with over 65 exhibits themed around light, sound, position, touch, heat, taste and smell to discover how people and plants sense their environment and react to it.
Where else would you get the chance to stick your head up a giant nose?
– available 1st October to 31st January:
Includes 10 head of game: duck, partridge, snipe, woodcock and hare - rabbits are free. Price per gun £150(+VAT).
– available 1st October to 31st January:
Includes 10 head of game. Price per gun £200(+VAT).
Stalking Roe Deer - available 1st April to 19th October:
Roebuck only at present. 3 to 4 hour session. Price £45 per outing +£1.25 per gramme per head. Works out at approximately £450(+VAT) per buck.
Stalking Red Deer - available 1st April to 19th October:
Price per stag £200 - £245(+VAT).
Driven Pheasants - available 1st November to 1st February:
For minimum of 6 guns. From £20(+VAT) per gun per bird.
Most shooting is on Lindertis Estate, on which the cottages are situated. Breakfast and supper can also be provided for shooters on request.
The Den is in the heart of Kirriemuir but is generally very quiet. There are ducks to feed in a stream, swings, see-saws and grass to play on; and it is just down the hill from the Kirriemuir Leisure Centre, in which there is a swimming pool.
Angus Folk Museum remains closed to the public until further notice due to continuing problems with the stability of the roof structure and excessively high humidity levels. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
This museum presents a vivid insight into how the rural workforce used to live.
Six charming 18th century cottages contain the domestic section, and the agricultural collection is in the farm steading opposite, illustrating changes in the Angus countryside over the last 200 years.
One of the most dramatic artifacts is the restored 19th century horse-drawn 'Glenisla' hearse.
Most famous as the ship that carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first unsuccessful trip to reach the South Pole, RRS Discovery was the last wooden three-masted ship to be built in the British Isles, and the first specifically designed for research.
Moved to a custom built dock in 1992, RRS Discovery is now the centrepiece of Dundee’s fabulous new visitor attraction ‘Discovery Point’.
The term Living History could have been coined for Discovery Point. Together with her sister attraction at Verdant Works, Dundee boasts two of Scotland's most innovative and fascinating heritage centres.
Each centre makes the past immediately accessible, bringing history to life in a way that stimulates the imagination of young minds. Hands-on, interactive exhibits promote genuine involvement with the subject matter.
Glamis Castle - childhood home of the late Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and favourite holiday home of Princess Elizabeth before she took the Throne.
As you approach from the tree-lined avenue of a drive, you will first catch a glimpse of a turret here, a spire there, and then - as if a curtain had been drawn - the castle is revealed. It was built between 1675 and 1687, but parts of the building are much older than that - 11th century, it is said! Extensive works were also done in 1774.
Among the many fine points to see are the medieval hall, and the 17th century chapel. King Malcolm II is said to have been murdered here in the 11th century - and murderous plotting continued as the castle used by Shakespeare as the setting in his play "Macbeth". Look out for Duncan's Hall - traditionally the setting for the murder of King Duncan in Macbeth.
We know most about the Picts from the carvings they left from the period between their conversion in about 650 to their eventual assimilation into Alba in around 1000. These can be seen dotted spectacularly across much of the eastern side of Scotland north of the River Forth. And the largest single collection of Pictish Carved Stones in Scotland is gathered together in the Museum in the old schoolhouse in the village of Meigle, Perthshire.
Meigle was a centre of some importance in the Pictish world, and was possibly associated with King Pherath (or Uurad) who ruled Pictland from 839 to 842. Whatever the reason for their being concentrated here, most of the stones in the Museum came originally from the churchyard behind the old schoolhouse.
Meigle Church as seen today dates back only to the 1870s. A series of earlier churches had been built on the same spot, to avoid disturbing the graves. When the church built in 1793 burned down in on 28 March 1869, at least one stone stored inside was destroyed. But other previously unknown Pictish stones that had been built into the structure of the earlier church(es) emerged during the rebuilding process.
Scone is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings; and has housed the Stone of Destiny.
Poised above the River Tay, the Palace overlooks the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast. The Grampian mountains form a distant backdrop, and across the river stands the city of Perth. Two thousand years ago, the Romans camped here, at the very limit of their empire. They never defeated the warlike Picts, who later came to rule Scone, but the followers of St Columba had more success. By the early 7th century, a group of early Christians, the Culdees or servants of God, had established themselves here.