10 Things to Do in Brechin That You Shouldn't Miss

March 2, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

Brechin is a town and former royal burgh in Angus, Scotland. Traditionally Brechin is often described as a city because of its cathedral and its status as the seat of a pre-Reformation Roman Catholic ...
Restaurants in Brechin

1. Edzell Castle

Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland +44 1356 648631
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Edzell Castle

The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604. Edzell was home to the Lindsays, a gifted yet tragic noble family whose head became the Earl of Crawford and one of the most powerful men in the realm. The Lindsay’s most famous guests include Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 and her son James VI in 1580 and 1589. The 'Pleasance' is a delightful formal garden with walls decorated with sculptured stone panels, flower boxes and niches for nesting birds. Explore the summer house, the great garden, the 16th century tower house and Lindsay Aisle - the family burial vault.

Reviewed By Glenwalker12 - Middlewich, United Kingdom

The villiage and castle are best visited on a sunny day. Small, but lots to see and enjoy, particularly if you like walking.

2. Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Waldron Road, Montrose DD10 9BD, Scotland +44 1674 678222
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Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

NOVEMBER to MARCH - OPEN SATURDAY 10am-4pm and SUNDAY 12-4pm (weather permitting). Children get FREE ENTRY - must be supervised by an adult at all times. Britain's first operational military air station was established in Montrose by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose and the men and women who served here through two world wars. The award-winning heritage centre is an accredited museum run entirely by volunteers and was proud to receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

Reviewed By Frances H

Visited with my stepson today and what a truly remarkable place. The history of RAF Montrose is astonishing and I learned about history I didn't even know existed!
The volunteers have an astounding knowledge and happy to share it. They also encourage a "hands on approach" which was nice.
We spent hours there and could have spent longer however after 2.5 hours we had to leave. Highly recommend a visit. It's remarkable

3. Lunan Bay

Inverkeilor, Arbroath, Scotland
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Lunan Bay

Foremans Cottage is a stylish and sophisticated retreat on Lunan Bay Beach. It has been featured in many glossies and with its 3 bedrooms, one with ensuite roll top, drench showers, and open fireplaces and log burner, it is ideal for a romantic break, families and a get away from it all break. The beach at Lunan is idyllic all year round.

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United Kingdom

With attractive sand dunes, a sweep of clean, golden sands, and even a ruined castle overlooking the bay, this beach is very good indeed. I'm not sure how busy it gets in summer, but today it was perfect and the car park coped easily.
There is also a cafe - The Lunan Diner.

4. Caledonian Railway

2 Park Road | Park Road, Brechin DD9 7AF, Scotland
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Caledonian Railway

All aboard for a great day out at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin! The railway runs steam and historic diesel trains during the Summer months as well as selected dates during the year.A not for profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers, the railway society was established in 1979 to return trains to the historic Brechin branch line. Now trains run on the restored 4-mile long line through the pleasant Angus countryside from the stately Victorian terminus station in the heart of Brechin to the beautiful country station at Dun.The railway's Day Out with Thomas and Santa Specials events are popular with families and an exciting host of evening events provide a night out with a difference.Trains can be chartered for special occasions such as birthdays or weddings. Coach parties and groups welcome.Keep an eye out for special events and days out during the year. We hope to see you boarding the train at Brechin Station soon!

Reviewed By lyns62 - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

A family trip for 80th birthday celebrations for an avid steam train fan.we managed to get tickets for the fish and chip train ride. Absolutely brilliant idea. The trip was well organised. The chippy was great. A good selection of drinks at the make shift bar. Pleasant volunteers. A great experience.

5. Shakin' Brig of Edzell

Off Main Street, Edzell, Edzell, Brechin, Scotland
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Shakin' Brig of Edzell

Reviewed By LochLeeGlenesk - Montrose

Wonderfully quaint crossing over the North Esk in Edzell, access road (Gassy Brae) is between MacKay's garage and Old Post Office (sorely missed), well worth a visit.

6. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Montrose DD10 0AQ, Scotland +44 1674 830736
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Reviewed By DavidMay1945 - Montrose, United Kingdom

This is a regular place for me to visit as it has not only a superb sandy beach but the wild life centre is very informative, and the birds and plants are al there to see. Thew information boards on the plants are especially useful and very helpful.

7. Murton Trust

Arbroath Road, Forfar DD8 2RZ, Scotland +44 1307 819491
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Murton Trust

Come and enjoy a walk or leisurely stroll around our extensive nature reserve. Our beautiful lochs and wetlands are home to a wide variety of birds and wildfowl and there is a well-maintained network of paths that everyone can enjoy whatever the season. At Murton Farm you will be able to meet our very friendly collection of animals and birds including Dennis and Gnasher our adorable Kune Kune pigs, Floppy and Ernie the donkey, goats, rabbits, Guinea pigs, ferrets and rare breed poultry. Our play area has sand pits, pedal toys, an adventure trail and a variety of outdoor toys. Our tea room serves light lunches and snacks, together with a wide choice of home baking.

Reviewed By tattiesoup - Forfar, United Kingdom

Also attended the coffee shop and play area for children, great imagination used to provide interesting toys/play areas through the natural resources surrounding Murton e.g. wood.

8. Lunan Farms

Lunan Bay, Inverkeilor, Arbroath DD11 5ST, Scotland +44 1241 830506
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

At Lunan Farms we have the main access to the fantastic beach at Lunan Bay. On the farm there is the Lunan Farm Shop & Cafe. The shop sells the farms Berkshire pork as well as other locally made products. From the cafe you can get soup, sandwiches and hot rolls as well as freshly ground coffee and a selection of cakes. There is limited space for caravans and camping for overnight stays.

Reviewed By Avril S - Forfar

Unusual soups which were very good and a varied menu for all tastes. Crafts and farm foods also available.

9. House of Dun

Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland +44 1674 810264
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House of Dun

This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session. House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt Beaches and around 45 minutes’ drive from Aberdeen. Set amongst the splendid Victorian Gardens and woodlands, this elegant home has a truly spectacular setting. The house sits in its own formal Gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooded den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. We have moved away from the traditional tour where we would be describing in detail the family, house and collection, our tour now centres on the key players in the history of the house, and the part they played. There will be many opportunities during the tour to discover for yourself the architecture and hidden gems within the house. The first tour starts at 10.45 and thereafter every 45 minutes, the last tour is 3.15pm During April, May, June and September the last Sunday of each month we open the house to freeflow, where you can visit the house and at your leisure take time to enjoy the marvelous collection of ceramics, needlework, plasterwork, artwork and of course grand architecture In July and August every Sunday is freeflow. What to See and Do You’ll hear about the trials and tribulations faced by William Adam in designing and building the house, discover the ornate plasterwork – originally the work of Joseph Enzer, who had made a name for himself with decorative plasterwork in a number of grand Scottish houses – and unearth eccentric period equipment such as the ‘boot bath’ from the 1800s. However, a visit to the House of Dun is about more than just the house. To the east of the house is a rectangular walled garden and there are more Gardens to the south, separated from the surrounding countryside by a ha-ha, a vertical drop intended to allow for open views while keeping the sheep out.

Reviewed By ralston - Scotland, United Kingdom

Although we are members of NTS on the Sunday we visited it was part of the Doors Open Day Scheme so there was no charge anyway. We were not allowed to view the house on our own, but the guide who took us round was very knowledgeable. The grounds of the house are absolutely beautiful and immaculately kept. There is a cafe, but as it was quite busy when we were there and with only one person serving, we didn't
have time to wait. This is a very worthwhile visit.

10. The Burn

Glenesk, Brechin | Aberdeenshire, Edzell, Brechin, Scotland +44 1356 648281
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The Burn

Reviewed By thetravellingmanUk - uk

My wife and I had heard about this place, and sought to find it on Easter Sunday, the 16th April.
It is situated about 1 mile out of Edzell on the B966 road heading towards Fettercairn. Just immediately after crossing the Gannochy Bridge you will see a few parking spaces at the side of the road on your left, this is where you want to park.
After parking up you will see the 'blue door'.
Enter the blue door to commence 'the burn river walk'.
For us it was like entering another world (my wife compared it to 'Narnia' where they go through the wardrobe and enter another world!!!).
We had no idea that this would turn out to be such a beautiful walk, it definitely surpassed our expectations. One gentleman that we spoke to during our walk maintains it is the best walk in Scotland!
This is a river walk with stunning scenery, tree-lined paths, rapids and Waterfalls.
We saw many out in kayaks making their way down the River Esk during our visit.
Overall, quite a lengthy walk but we enjoyed every minute of it, and would very highly recommend it to tourists, or to anyone who hasn't done it yet.
One important piece of advice though - If you intend doing the walk with children, especially young children, I would highly recommend that you keep a tight hold of their hand/s, as there are some very steep drops at certain parts throughout the walk.

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