Fife and Angus: Places to Explore


  • Alyth

    Dating back to the Dark Ages, this market town was completely transformed by the Industrial Revolution, which lined its streets with mills and factories. The 20th century saw the closing of most of these... Read more

  • The Angus Glens

    You can rejoin the hurly-burly of the A90 for the return journey south from Montrose or Brechin; the more pleasant route, however, leads southwesterly on minor roads (there are several options) that travel... Read more

  • Anstruther

    Anstruther, locally called Ainster, has a lovely waterfront with a few shops brightly festooned with children's pails and shovels, a gesture to summer vacationers.... Read more

  • Arbroath

    You can find traditional boatbuilding in the fishing town of Arbroath. It also has several small curers and processors, and shops sell the town's most famous delicacy, Arbroath smokies—whole haddock gutted... Read more

  • Brechin

    The small market town of Brechin has a cathedral that was founded around 1200 and contains an interesting selection of antiquities, including the Mary Stone, a Pictish relic.... Read more

  • Crail

    The oldest and most aristocratic of East Neuk burghs, pretty Crail is where many fish merchants retired and built cottages. The town landmark is a picturesque Dutch-influenced town house, or tolbooth... Read more

  • Cupar

    Cupar is a busy market town with several interesting sites, including a museum about Fife.... Read more

  • Dundee

    Dundee makes an excellent base for exploring Fife and Angus at any time of year. The West End—especially its main thoroughfare Perth Road—pulses with life, with intimate cafés and excellent bars. The Dundee... Read more

  • Elie

    To give it its full name, the Royal Burgh of Elie and Earlsferry is an old trading port with a handsome harbor that loops around one of the most glorious stretches of sand in the British Isles. Since Victorian... Read more

  • Falkland

    One of the loveliest communities in Scotland, Falkland is a royal burgh of twisting streets and crooked stone houses.... Read more

  • Forfar

    Forfar goes about its business of being the center of a farming hinterland without being preoccupied with (or even that interested in) tourism.... Read more

  • Glamis

    Set in rolling countryside is the little village of Glamis (pronounced glahms).... Read more

  • Kirriemuir

    Kirriemuir stands at the heart of Angus's red-sandstone countryside and was the birthplace of the writer J. M. Barrie (1860–1937), best known abroad as the author of Peter Pan (a statue of whom you can... Read more

  • Loch Leven

    Scotland's largest Lowland loch, Loch Leven is famed for its fighting trout. The area is also noted for abundant birdlife, particularly its wintering wildfowl. Mary, Queen of Scots was forced to sign the... Read more

  • Lower Largo

    Lower Largo's claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk (1676–1721), the Scottish sailor who inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Once a juvenile delinquent, he grew up to terrorize... Read more

  • Meigle

    The historic village of Meigle, nestled in the rich agricultural land of the Strathmore Valley, is well known to those with an interest in Pictish stones. Said to be built on an 11th-century Pictish monastery... Read more

  • Montrose

    An unpretentious and attractive town with a museum and a selection of shops, Montrose sits beside a wide estuary known as the Montrose Basin.... Read more

  • Pittenweem

    Many examples of East Neuk architecture serve as the backdrop for the working harbor at Pittenweem. Look for the crowstep gables, white harling (the rough mortar finish on walls), and red pantiles (roof... Read more

  • St. Andrews

    It may have a ruined cathedral and a grand university—the oldest in Scotland—but the modern claim to fame for St. Andrews is mainly its status as the home of golf. Forget that Scottish kings were crowned... Read more