Nine miles west of Montrose is Brechin in Angus, a quiet little town on the banks of the River South Esk, which boasts of a main attraction in its 14th-century cathedral, in Bishop's Close off the High Street.
Local Sights & Activities for Brechin
The small Brechin Museumis housed in the library on St Ninian's Square and is the usual collection of local curiosities and memorabilia.
Mon, Tue, Thu-Fri 0930-1800, Wed 0930-1900, Sat 0930-1700. Free.
Also on St Ninian's Square is the terminus of the Caledonian Railway, which runs steam trains on a four-mile section of line between Brechin station and Bridge of Dun, a mile from the House of Dun.
Trains run six times daily on Sun only, from Jun to early Sep. Tel. 810318.
Just off the A90, is the Brechin Castle Centre, which is a Country Park with garden centre, pets corner, miniature railway (open April-September), picnic areas and waterside walks. There's also a coffee shop. Part of the centre is Pictavia, which gives a fascinating glimpse into Scotland's Celtic past. You'll help to solve the riddles of the stones, see the mysterious Pictish standing stones and hear the sounds of battle in the Tower of Sound. Open all year. Tel. 626813.
Five miles north of Brechin on the B966 is Edzell, an impossibly neat and picturesque planned village lying at the foot of Glen Esk. At the entrance to the village is the impressive Dalhousie Arch which leads on to the wide main street, lined with quaint little tearooms and shops selling Victoriana. A mile west of the village is the red sandstone ruin of Edzell Castle, a 16th-century tower house which, over the course of its life, has been visited by Mary, Queen of Scots, James VI and, less happily, Cromwell's troops. But it is the magnificent garden, or 'Pleasance', which is the real attraction. Created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604, the superb heraldic and symbolic sculpted wall panels are rare examples of European Renaissance Art in Scotland.
Apr-Sep 0930-1830; Oct-Mar Mon-Wed and Sat 0930-1630, Thu 0930-1200, Fri and Sun 1400-1630. Tel. 648631.
Three miles southwest of Edzell, on either side of the road, are the Brown_Caterthun and White Caterthun, two remarkable Iron-Age forts, defended by ditches and ramparts over 900-ft high. These were occupied by the Picts around the first few centuries AD and the views from the top are amazing. To get there, follow the road west of the castle and turn left at Bridgend, then take the left fork. Or take the road southwest from Edzell and take the first right after Dunlappie. There's no public transport. It's an easy walk from the road to either fort.
Brechin Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation is limited. In Brechin there's the Northern Hotel, 2 Clerk St, T625505, which also serves moderately priced meals; and B&B at Doniford, 26 Airlie St, Tel. 62236.
In Edzell the pleasant Glenesk Hotel does bar and restaurant meals. There's also B&B at Inchcape, Tel. 647266, on the High St; and The Gorse, Tel. 648207, on Dunlappie Rd.
Self Catering Accommodation
The Hayloft :The award winning self catering accommodation, The Hayloft located at Wards of Keithock retains its traditional charm and character even while ensuring the latest amenities you need for a comfortable holiday. Sleeps 5; no smoking facility; pet friendly; great views; easily accessible to some of the most popular activities around including golf ( The world famous Carnoustie and St Andrews golf courses are just about an hour's drive ), hill walking and cycling. Tel: 01356 624479
Angler's Bothy: Angler's Bothy has a stylish and contemporary open plan living area that lets in lot of air and light. Located at a quiet area near the Angus Glens; lovely walking trails around; private garden near a stream; sleeps 4; Detached ; Non Smoking ; Multi Bath Shower; Open Fire; Short Break accommodation; pet friendly.
Best Western Links Hotel
Midlinks , Montrose, DD10 8RL
Best Western Links Hotel is located in the centre of Montrose; it is refurbished to a high standard whilst retaining many original features intact. Situated on the historic Midlinks there are beaches and two golf courses with walking distance. Many corporate companies have their office nearby that will facilitate the business guests. It has a good restaurant with one AA Rosette, a Dutch style "Koffiehuis" with outdoor terrace, individual bedrooms and offers excellent hospitality. Overall an ideal place to business or Leisure stays.
In total there are 25 attracting rooms available in this hotel. Facilities like room service; meeting or banquet Facilities, babysitting or child services, laundry, dry cleaning, internet services, packed Lunches, Fax/Photocopying, Wireless LAN etc. are provided for the convenience of the visitor. This hotel is completely non-smoking in all public areas including all hotel bedrooms.
We had a wonderful stay this time, we were fortunate to find this excellent hotel. Rooms are of great individual standard. Food was very tasty and the staff behaved friendly and supportive- we were treated like people who make change. I highly recommend this hotel.
2 Clerk Street , Brechin, DD9 6AE
The City of Brechin is situated between the cities of Dundee and Aberdeen and is well positioned for the business traveller. 3 star Small Hotel situated in the Cathedral City of Brechin. The Baillie Lounge offers a welcoming and lively atmosphere from which you can enjoy the culinary delights of the award winning Chef. The newly opened Hudsons Bar offers a perfect blend of both modern and traditional influences. Hudsons is also equipped with 3 large Plasma Screen
The Northern Hotel has a comfortable 12 Bedrooms which are neatly refurbished. The 12 en-suite rooms have been beautifully designed and decorated to provide a restful and comfortable stay. With a solid walnut floor and paneling, the classic design with warmth.
A magnificent copper-topped walnut paneled bar, coupled with innovative lighting, and comfortable leather under-lit seating all add to the relaxing and welcoming ambience.
I was attending a function in the hotel. I struggled a bit with my northern accent.But no big deal. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a hotel to feel individual and real, rather than commercialized.