The 10 Best Things to Do in Kirriemuir, United Kingdom (UK)

December 30, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Kirriemuir, sometimes called Kirrie, is a burgh in Angus, Scotland. Its history reaches back to earliest recorded times, when it seems to have been a major ecclesiastical centre. Later it was identified with witchcraft, and some older houses still feature a ‘witches stane’ to ward off evil. In the 19th century, it was an important centre of the jute trade. The playwright J.M. Barrie was born and buried here, and a statue of Peter Pan stands in the town square.
Restaurants in Kirriemuir

1. Bon Scott Statue

Bellies Brae Car Park, Bellies Brae, Kirriemuir, Kirriemuir DD8 4EB, Scotland
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5 based on 114 reviews

Bon Scott Statue

Reviewed By Angus E - Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

I pass this wonderful effigy every day and rarely see nobody marvelling or having their photo taken beside it. The statue of Kirriemuir's Other Famous Son, the old and, of course, late rock star, Bon Scott, of AC/DC reknown and worldwide fame, has done wonders for tourism and the general notoriety of our modest Angus township. We are a lucky community to have borne Bon Scott and Sir J. M. Barrie to the wind of the world's topmost stage. Long live his many fans ... who continue to come, loyally, respectfully, quite gingerly even, to walk our streets and contribute to our economy ...
You Are All Welcome Here.

2. Glamis Castle

Glamis DD8 1RJ, Scotland +44 1307 840393
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Glamis Castle

Come and visit the finest castle in Scotland, winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of our expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. Browse in our Gift Shop or just pop in for Lunch or Afternoon tea in the Victorian Kitchen Restaurant. There are events all year round so come and have a great day out!

Reviewed By Barbs G - Manchester, United Kingdom

This was great. A tour of the castle with an expert guide and then High Tea. The food was excellent, lovely choice of main courses, I had the chicken breast with black pudding and pepper sauce - scrummy !!! It was followed with a wonderful selection of cakes, patisseries and scones. Well worth the time and the money.

3. Angus Glens

Eastern Highlands | Glen Clova, Kirriemuir, Scotland +44 1575 550233
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5 based on 89 reviews

Angus Glens

Reviewed By Allcorners - Melbourne, Australia

I live in Australia but visit Scotland regularly, and always make time to go hiking in one of the Angus glens. Glen Esk is my favourite, probably because I know it the best. Favourite walks/hikes from Esk are:
1) up to the falls of Unich past Loch Lee
2) through to Glen Mark via the Queens Well and on up to Mt Keen
3) Glen Esk/ Mark to Glen Tannar via the shoulder of Mt Keen (amazing hike)
4) Glen Lethnott across to Glen Esk
5) hunting for Balnamoon's cave (found it !)
6) Glen Esk across to Glen Clova
So much nicer spending a day in a glen, than a day in the cities. Even with a car, main challenge is transport, as many of these walks are not "there and back", but you can still make a good day of it. Take plenty of food, warm clothes and waterproofs, and don't worry about water - plenty of streams to drink from. There is a good website I use for maps and directions and listings of walks by area. I'm not allowed to include it here, but searching on "walk", "highlands", "uk" should give you a few website options to check out.

4. Reekie Linn

Glen Isla, Kirriemuir, Scotland +44 7572 833339
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Reekie Linn

Reviewed By Angus E - Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

Took a run up to the bridge above The Famous Reekie Linn today. Parked my car in the usual spot, then had a lovely walk down to the viewpoint and found myself alone in the world with this splendid waterfall on a fine warm August day.  No walkers, no other visitors, no fishermen or ladies, nobody to spoil or share the wonder of this great natural attraction.  The sun was out, the air was fresh and the fish were invisible in the Torrent of the whitish mistiness of the big pool at the foot of the falls.  It was so peaceful, despite the noise of the dropping waters, that one's country-boy instincts stirred and as Bob Dylan might espouse, "Your senses will rise".
It's a great natural wonder spot you should visit if you like that sort of thing. A free-to-enjoy asset to the great and good of Angus and Perthshire.

5. JM Barrie's Birthplace

9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland +44 1575 572646
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4 based on 75 reviews

JM Barrie's Birthplace

J M Barrie, author, playwright and creator of the much loved character Peter Pan, was born in this house on 9 May 1860. It was here that he spent his early years, growing up immersed in the traditions of the small weaving community, and finding inspiration in everything around him. The house is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of J M Barrie. The exhibition rooms explore Barrie's life, the inspirations of his childhood and adult life, his route to success, Literary and stage works, and his enduring connection with Kirriemuir. Furniture and personal items that belonged to Barrie help to tell the story. Elsewhere in the house two rooms have been recreated to appear as they would have done when Barrie was a boy. Along with the wash house, where Barrie rehearsed and performed his childhood plays, these rooms give visitors a sense of what life was like in the busy Barrie household. The house gives a remarkable insight into J M Barrie’s formative childhood years – in which the seeds of Peter Pan were sown. The tragic death of his older brother David in a skating accident left his mother inconsolable and Barrie has written of the times he sat on the cottage stairs and wept. He realised that even when he had grown into a man, his mother would always regard David as ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’. The house features furniture, fittings and day-to-day effects which would be familiar to Barrie and his family, as well as memorabilia associated with his later celebrity. Items include Barrie’s cradle; the silk christening robe used for Barrie and his nine siblings, which was also loaned out to other families in the parish; a copy of Barrie’s contract of payment promising the young Princess Margaret royalties of one penny per performance of his last play, The Boy David; the large oak settle from his Adelphi flat; and Barrie’s original desk from his London flat. The house also incorporates an exhibition room with a tableau of the young Barrie being told stories by his mother and examples of the original costumes worn at the first production of Peter Pan. The communal wash-house located outside the house was to play an important part in Barrie’s childhood. He performed his first play there (at the age of seven!) and, according to his dedication in Peter Pan, it was the inspiration behind the house that the Lost Boys built for Wendy in Never-Never Land.

Reviewed By Sheherizad - Dundee, United Kingdom

Enjoyed the exhibition, rooms and washhouse. However, the NTS representative was very hard sell, trying to get us to sign up for membership at least 4 times despite saying we weren't interested. She asked us to leave bags with her, which is fine for larger bags/backpacks. After our visit around the house, which was great, we went to retrieve the bags and given the hard sell again, this time on purchasing goods. Although we found the house interesting and informative, I would be put off going back or visiting other NTS locations due to this intimidating hard sell!

6. Peter Pan Park

Kirriemuir Hill, Kirriemuir, Scotland
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Peter Pan Park

Reviewed By Angus E - Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

Fantastic weather, hot and sticky, upon the top of the 500 foot Hill of Kirriemuir, fully fledged with fun lovers, one space left in the car park; Neverland Awaits.
Two grandchildren run for it, leaving the wife and I sunbathing in our cabriolet's seats, the joie-de-vivre all around almost palpable. We give up on the bliss of it all, and amble through the crowds of happy picnickers, chatty dog walkers, fellow sunbathers, noisy kids, frantic young footballers, et al, up to the truly wonderful ship-like structure that is the essence of the playpark to find our wee lads delighted, safe and impervious to our presence in their world-space.
What a success this park has become.
In the words of old Oleta Adams... "GET THERE IF YOU CAN."

20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB, Scotland +44 1307 476482
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

Reviewed By Angus E - Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

There's a worthy and well-worth- a-gouk new exhibition on the ample and talented work of a solo artist, Kate Steenhauer, in this lovely wee museum and gallery tucked in aff the West High Street in the County Toon o' Angus. Mostly dark and figurative/industrial subject matter, in etching and other media, but very well wrought.
Alongside, and always worth a second lookie is, of course, the permanent exhibits of an auld Farfar Street, and Excavated Stanes, a Grave and even a Log Boat from olden times.

8. Tayside Police Museum

15 Reform Street, Kirriemuir DD8 4BS, Scotland +44 7746 009985
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Tayside Police Museum

Please note that the museum will open for 2018 season on Saturday 31st March. The Tayside Police Museum is a collection of artefacts, uniforms, photos, badges, etc, from the very beginning of policing in Dundee, Angus, and Perth & Kinross. There are sections on uniform, equipment, communication, offensive weapons, Tayside Police Pipe Band, Special Constables, and much, much more. There is also a feature on William Henry Bury, who in 1889 became the last man hanged in Dundee, and who claimed to be Jack the Ripper

Reviewed By WickersWorld50 - Farnborough, United Kingdom

The police museum is near JM Barrie's Birthplace and that is how we discovered it. It occupies the police cells at the back of Kirriemuir's Police Station. You are given a person tour of the museum by a very knowledgeable retired police officer. Lots of interesting exhibits. An excellent wet weather visit.

9. Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

Barrie Pavilion, Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir DD8 4PR, Scotland +44 1575 575885
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura, oneof only four in Scotland, and the former cricket pavilion in which it is situated was gifted to the people of Kirriemuir by Sir J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. The Camera completely self- funding and is entirely managed and staffed by Kirriemuir Regeneration Group volunteers. Kirriemuir Regeneration Group are a Community group who took over the management of Kirriemuir Camera Obscura as a visitor attraction in 2015 when it was threatened with closure. There is no admission charge but donations towards the attractions upkeep are appreciated.

Reviewed By Angus E - Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

Sitting here in my car Reading and relaxing in the sun-drenched late August evening on the fabulously beautiful Hill of Kirriemuir, I can think of nowhere more aesthetcally soothing than just to allow the clean air and ambience of this place surround one. The very rare old Camera Obscura, srill working well and open regularly is a prize. Housed in the Cricket Pavillion gifted to his hometown by Peter Pan author, Sir J. M. Barrie, is a high focal point in a large well-kept and just as weel-kent play area which includes the famous Neverland Playpark, many fine picnic spots, a decent free car park and as the inimitable Sir Winston Churchill himself reportedly remarked, "The Most Magnificent View-Endowed Cemetery" he'd ever had the pleasure to visit.
The Camera Obscura, and indeed the whole Kirriemuir Exoerience are a Must for the Discerning Tourist and Locals alike.

10. Gateway to the Glens Museum

The Town House 32 High Street | 32 High Street, Kirriemuir DD8 4BB, Scotland +44 1575 577140
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Gateway to the Glens Museum

A museum for the unique town of Kirriemuir, and the beautiful Angus Glens. Situated in the old Town House, which was originally built in 1604, and was once the town's jail and courthouse. A detailed model of the town square in 1604 shows vividly what market day was like hundreds of years ago. Using models, displays and interactive screens you can find out about the past and present, including the life stories of famous Kirriemarians such as Sir J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and former frontman of rock band AC/DC, Bon Scott.

Reviewed By thetravellingmanUk - uk

Dropped in here during our visit to Kirriemuir this afternoon. It is quite a small place but has plenty of information to offer about the history of Kirrie and the surrounding countryside. Museum carries on upstairs where there is an exhibit of local wildlife, another...MoreMany thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you return soon.

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