Strathmore and the Angus Glens
‘ Experience a mixture of landscapes ranging from the rich arable flatlands to the craggy Corbetts and Munros that guard the Angus glens. ’
One half of this tour explores the Vale of Strathmore, an area of rich arable land producing some of Scotland’s best barley, soft fruits and potatoes. In amongst these fields lie many sculptured standing stones, the legacy of the ancient Picts. Visit the fairytale Glamis Castle estate where the late HRH The Queen Mother spent her childhood.
The other half by contrast takes you along winding narrow roads through four different glens that appear absolutely spectacular on a good weather day.
Main tour landmarks
Please note the order of visits may vary depending on collection point.
Collection at Hotel.
- Meigle Pictish Stone Museum (Museum Visit)
One of only 2 collections in Scotland, displaying 30 examples of carved Pictish stones that appear unique to this part of Scotland
- Glamis Castle - Ancestral home of the Bowes-Lyon family (Castle Tour and grounds entry)
Enjoy a guided tour around this spectacular Scottish castle which has royal family connections and a history dating back to the 14th century. Morning coffee stop is normally taken in the grounds.
- Kirriemuir - The Gateway to the Glens (Photo stop)
A small market town, birthplace of author J M Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) and rock band AC/DC legend Bon Scott.
- Glen Clova (Photo stops)
The circular route up and down this glen crosses into the southern end of the Cairngorms National Park. Spectacular scenery ranging from marshland to craggy mountains with often plenty of birds and wildlife to see.
- Glen Doll (Lunch stop)
From the top of Glen Clova a single track road leads up to the ranger station at Glen Doll, a quite isolated but picturesque glen, where Golden eagles have been sighted. (Picnic lunch is usually taken at the viewpoint on the banks of the River South Esk. Wet weather days we take our picnic lunch in the Ranger Station)
- Glen Prosen (Photo stops)
Plantations line the lower hillsides which give way to the rougher crags and mountain slopes as you travel up the glen. The humpback, narrow roads produce ‘surprise’ views and photo stops as the route unfolds.
- Bridgend of Lintrahten
Views over Loch Lintrathen and our usual afternoon tea stop.
- Glen Isla and Meikle Forter (Photo stops)
A larger glen than the previous three with long ranging views, home to large herds of red deer, highland cattle and even the occasional llama!! The 16th century Forter Castle is a prominent landmark.
- Glen Shee
The route just touches this glen best known for its ski slopes on the Cairnwell mountain which lies further north towards the highland village of Braemar.
- Strathardle (Photo stops)
Our route now turns into the heather clad slopes around Ben Vrackie and from the summit above Straloch there are superb distant views to the west towards the mountains of Schiehallion and Ben Lawers
- Moulin (Photo stops)
A tiny village with an historic inn dating back to 17th century and superb views over Pitlochry
- The highland town of Pitlochry (Photo stops)
From the vantage point of the new SSE Visitor Centre view the hydro dam and unique salmon ladder and sometimes ‘sunset’ views over the man made Loch Faskally
- Historic town of Dunkeld on the River Tay
A 12th century ruined cathedral in a riverside setting, heritage trees and the Dunkeld Ell
Return to Hotel
The price for this tour is £165 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 150 miles (240km)