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.
This tour will be tailored to suit your hotel location, your personal interests / preferences and option selection. Refreshment and lunch stops are planned for places of interest or good viewpoints.
Meet up and collection at your Hotel.
- Meigle Pictish Stone Museum (Museum Visit)
One of only 2 collections in Scotland, displaying 30 examples of carved Pictish stones dating back to 8th century are unique to this part of Scotland
- The Macbeth Stone (Photo stop)
A huge single standing stone linked through myth and legend to the 11th century King of Scotland - Macbeth. Several other Macbeth (Shakespeare) links to the area - Glamis Castle and Dunsinane.
- Glamis Castle - Ancestral home of the Bowes-Lyon family (Castle Tour)
Enjoy a guided tour around this spectacular Scottish castle which has Royal Family connections and a history dating back to the 14th century. Amazing entrance driveway, grounds, and formal gardens.
- Kirriemuir - The Gateway to the Glens (Photo stop)
A small market town, birthplace of author J M Barrie (creator of Peter Pan), Sir Hugh Munro (climbed and recorded all of Scotland’s mountains over 3.000 feet) 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
- Glen Doll (Potential 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 often taken at the viewpoint on the banks of the River South Esk.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Blairgowrie (Photo stop)
A typical modern-day Perthshire town at the centre of the soft fruit growing region. Many of the surrounding fields are covered in poly-tunnels housing mainly strawberries, raspberries, cherries.
- The Meikleour Hedge (Photo stop)
A beech hedge with a history, at over 100 feet high and nearly a quarter of a mile long it was planted in 1746 to commemorate the loss of the local Laird at the Battle of Culloden.
Return to your Hotel
A further option for this tour is to include Arbroath Abbey (Ancient signing place of the Declaration of Scottish Independence in 1320), St Vigean’s Pictish Stone Museum and Glen Esk Castle and Gardens instead of Meigle Pictish Stone Museum and Glamis Castle.
The price for this tour is £175 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)