Arbroath's central location on the east coast makes for a great scenic coastal location to use as a base for touring the Angus area, as well as other parts of Scotland. The town has been an established holiday destination for decades, the fresh sea air, the warm hospitality from most of the locals, the excellent choice of accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and local pubs all help in bringing visitors back year on year. Arbroath is the largest town in Angus and so offers more choice when it comes to the nightlife, theatres, entertainment and the local restaurants. Arbroath has a population of around 24,000 "Red Lichties".
Carnoustie, Letham Grange, Colliston and Guthrie Castle are all around 10 minutes drive away. Montrose, Brechin, Forfar, Monifieth and Broughty Ferry are all 15 minutes from Arbroath. Kirriemuir, Edzell and the city of Dundee are around 20 minutes from the town, and the town of St Andrews around 30 minutes drive from our flat. Perth and Dunnottar Castle are located 40 minutes away and Aberdeen can be reached in around an hours drive. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Scone Palace and Balmoral Castle can all be reached in around 90 minutes. With Glasgow, Inverness, Braemar and Moray area around 2-3 hours away.
The Arbroath Abbey
The town is well known for the Arbroath Abbey and its significance in Scottish history. It was at the Arbroath Abbey in 1320, after William Wallace's death and the Battle Of Bannockburn, that the Declaration of Independance was signed by Robert the Bruce and Scotland's nobles, declaring The Bruce as King Of Scotland. The Arbroath Abbey is also the final resting place of King William The Lion, Scotlands longest serving monarch.
The Declaration of Arbroath was a declaration of Scottish independence, and set out to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state and its use of military action when unjustly attacked. It is in the form of a letter submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320. Sealed by fifty-one magnates and nobles, the letter is the sole survivor of three created at the time.
The Arbroath Smokie
Arbroath is also well known for its delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie, a unique kind of smoked haddock, and has been awarded "Protected Geographical Indication" status by the European commission. This means that similar to Champagne or Parma ham, only fish smoked within an 8km radius of Arbroath can legitimately be called Arbroath Smokies. A tradition of smoking fish passed down through the generations, as far back as the Viking days. Arbroath Smokies in its many manifestations, include Smokie pate, Smokie soup, Smokie pies and Smokie vodka can be found in most of the towns 30+ great restaurants and quaint cafes.