THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE AREA 

VISIT LUNAN BAY BEACH

Situated only 0.6 miles away from Newbarns Glamping lies the sandy shores of Lunan Bay beach. 

The vast stretches of sandy beach make it a popular destination for walking, horse riding and bird-watching. The beach is also known to turn up agates and gem stones from time to time, sometimes after a storm, and was rated among the top beaches in the UK by the Guardian back in 2010. 

Despite its popularity Lunan Bay has so far remained quite unspoiled, and is a fantastic place to enjoy a peaceful walk.

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RED CASTLE 

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Red Castle is a historic ruin overlooking Lunan Bay. 

The castle has a rich history, dating as far back as the 12th century. It is purported to have been used by William the Lion predominantly as a hunting lodge, but may also have been used to repel Viking invaders. 

For safety reasons Red Castle should be enjoyed from a distance or from the Estuary, as the structure itself and the land surrounding it are at risk of imminent collapse and landslips, presenting a risk to public safety. 

From Newbarns Glamping it takes around 30 - 40 minutes to walk down and along the beach towards the estuary at Red Castle. 

ARBROATH TO AUCHMITHIE COASTAL WALK 

This is a popular 13km (8 mile) route following the coastline with stunning scenery and views. 

You can also do the route in reverse, going from Auchmithie to Arbroath and back.

If you're feeling confident, you can walk the extra 1.1 miles from the Victoria Park car park to Arbroath Harbour, where you'll find an ice cream shop, chip shop and a cafe / restaurant. (Personally, we find that potato fritters by the harbour are good motivation for adding a little extra mileage to your walk).

You can find the route details from Arbroath to Auchmithie on the WalkHighlands website, and up to date safety information for the route on VisitScotland. 

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VISIT ARBROATH ABBEY 

Founded in 1178, Arbroath Abbey is a popular historical site to visit, and is the place where William the Lion is buried.  

 

The Abbey is famously associated with the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320, which sought to acquire Scotland's independence from England and is considered by some to be one of the most famous documents in Scotland's history.

 

The abbey is a 15 minute drive from our site, and also has a visitor centre. It is worth checking that they're open before you go, as sometimes they have to close at short notice in the event of adverse weather.

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OTHER PLACES
TO VISIT 

VISIT J.M. BARRIE'S BIRTHPLACE (KIRRIEMUIR)

(23 miles, 40 minutes by car)

 

Visit the place where J.M. Barrie - the author of Peter Pan - was born. 

THE CALEDONIAN RAILWAY, BRECHIN

(7.5 miles away, 15 minutes by car)

 

Discover a heritage steam railway which runs for 4 miles from a Victorian terminus station at Brechin to Bridge of Dun.

THE V&A MUSEUM, DUNDEE

(24 miles away, 40 minutes by car)

The V&A Dundee, opened in 2018, is the first design museum in Scotland, and the only V&A museum in the world outside London. 

 

 

GLAMIS CASTLE, FORFAR 

(23 miles, 40 minutes by car)

 

Visit the historic Glamis Castle and gardens; the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, and the childhood residence of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.

RRS DISCOVERY, DUNDEE  

(24 miles away, 40 minutes by car)

The Royal Research Ship Discovery can be found at at the multi-award winning Discovery point in Dundee, where you can visit the vessel which took Captain Scott on his famous 1901 expedition to Antarctica. 

 

 

SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST MONTROSE BASIN 

(5.2 miles away, 10 minutes by car)

 

A four star visitor centre and wildlife reserve at the Montrose basin. Offers panoramic views across the reserve and great opportunities for birdwatching and viewing wildlife. 

EXPERIENCE ARBROATH SMOKIES, ARBROATH

(6.5 miles, 14 minutes by car)

 

The famous Arbroath Smokie is haddock smoked over hardwood using a specific process made in and around the small fishing town of Arbroath.