The fishing and farming county of Angus was formerly part of the giant Tayside region but is now a separate authority with its own distinct identity. Angus isn't a name that rolls off many tourists' tongues, but it has much to recommend it to those who prefer to escape the summer hordes.
The east coast, from Arbroath north to Montrose, is particularly attractive with its sheer red cliffs punctuated by sweeping bays of golden sand. In the north are the Angus Glens, stretching deep into the heart of the Grampian peaks and offering excellent walking opportunities. The heart of the county is the wide valley of Strathmore, with its string of neat market towns.
This was part of the ancient Pictish Kingdom and there are still many interesting carved stones scattered around the area.
Tayside also has an amazing amounts of Antique shops and centres. So they have joined together and created the Tayside Antique Trail (some details on website here)
The towns along the main Dundee-Aberdeen routes are easy to get to by bus or train, but public transport to the more remote parts is limited. For more information pick up a copy of Angus Council's Public Transport Map & Guide, available from tourist offices, or call the Transport Team, Tel:0044 1307-461775, or Strathtay Scottish, Tel 0044 1382-228054. For rail enquiries, call 0044 345-484950.
The roads around Angus are relatively quiet outside of the main towns, but they tend to wind and you need to take care of meeting a combine harvester on a narrow lane. In winter some of the passes can be either treacherous or impassable in heavy snow.
Angus is covered by the Angus & Dundee Tourist Board, which has offices in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose.