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City of Discovery, Angus Coast & Glamis Castle

City of Discovery, Angus Coast & Glamis Castle

We tour the towns & cities of the Angus coastline with a visit to the Queen Mother's childhood home


We tour the towns & cities of the Angus coastline with a visit to the Queen Mother's childhood home


The coastal town of Montrose sits between Dundee and Aberdeen and boasts an attractive town centre an interesting museum and art gallery and a wide sandy beach.


Gordon Highlanders Museum

The Gordon Highlanders Museum, based in Aberdeen, celebrates the story of the Gordon Highlanders which were active from 1794 to 1994. It is a 5 star Scottish Tourist Board attraction. The museum is located in a 19th century cottage which was acquired by the War Office in 1960 and then, after being transferred to the ownership of the trustees of the regiment in 1994, it was extended and re-opened as a museum in 1997.

The museum contains uniforms, medals and weapons along with media exhibits such as film and photography. It is the home of the Aberdeen Modelers Society (AMS) who work closely with the museum on specific projects and displays connected to the role and service of the Gordon Highlanders. The museum is independent, self-financed and is governed by a charitable trust. Its finances come predominantly from fundraising and donations.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow and incorporates Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour. 


Aberdeenshire is famous for its granite - a silvery-grey rock that is packed with tiny sparkling crystals. In the city you'll see lots of stunning buildings made of this sparkling stone - just one of the qualities that makes Aberdeen unique. Its sandy beach, just a short walk from the city centre, is another.


Discovery Point

Discovery Point is a world class visitor attraction which centres round Captain Scott of the Antarctic’s Dundee built ship RRS Discovery.

Climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken and a great day out.

V&A Dundee

The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.

The Dundee V&A has a floor area of 8,500 square metres (2.1 acres) and includes a main hall, learning centre, auditorium, temporary exhibition galleries and the permanent Scottish Design Galleries. At the ground floor level, it is arranged as two separate buildings. These join together on the upper floor. The temporary exhibition space is the largest of any museum in Scotland.

On the upper floor is a restaurant and outdoor terrace with views over the River Tay.


Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Glamis Castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married King George VI, and was later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her second daughter, Princess Margaret, was born there.

The castle is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Glamis is set in the broad and fertile lowland valley of Strathmore, near Forfar the county town of Angus. The estate surrounding the castle covers more than 14,000 acres and, in addition to parks and gardens, produces several cash crops including lumber and beef. There are two streams running through the estate, one of them the Glamis Burn. An arboretum overlooking Glamis Burn features trees from all over the world, many of them rare and several hundred years old. Birds and other small wildlife are common throughout the grounds.

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning and travel north via Moffat and Glasgow to Perth, time at leisure for lunch before continuing north to Montrose and our hotel the Park. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

We leave our hotel after breakfast for the drive north to Aberdeen, on arrival we visit the Gordon Highlanders Museum, the only Visit Scotland 5-Star Attraction in Aberdeen, the museum tells the extraordinary 200 year history of 'the Finest Regiment in the World!' On arrival we have a guided tour of the museum, followed by a soup and sandwich lunch and time to view the walled memorial garden. We then head into Aberdeen city centre, here you can have some time at leisure or join us on a guided tour of the fascinating Aberdeen Maritime Museum which as well as offering a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour, tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea. This award-winning museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. We depart Aberdeen late afternoon for the return to Montrose and dinner at the Park Hotel.

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Day 3

Today we head into Dundee, Our first visit is to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his heroic team on board RRS Discovery, find out about the Heroes of the Ice who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and hear their stories, see how they lived, what they ate, witness their hardships and triumphs on their heroic exploration of Antarctica. Following some free time for lunch, our second visit of the day is to the new state of the art Victoria & Albert Museum on the Dundee waterfront. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we make our way south along the coast to Arbroath, with its picturesque working harbour and home of the famous ‘Smokie’, before heading to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother, time to explore the legend of the castle and admire the beauty of the gardens. Final dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

After our hearty breakfast we head south through Fife and over the Forth Road bridge and home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Park Hotel Montrose

The Montrose Park Hotel is located in the quiet mid-links area of Montrose, yet only a few minutes walk from the busy High Street and the beach. The hotel is an excellent base for exploring the Angus Glens and all they have to offer. Castles, including Glamis and Dunnotar, are a little over half an hour away.

The hotel has 30 standard twin rooms and 20 standard double rooms. They are all en-suite, however some have a shower only.  Eighteen of the rooms are on the ground floor. All rooms have flat-screen television, trouser press, iron and board, welcome tray, direct dial phone and free WiFi access.

The welcoming bar and restaurant always provides a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a varied selection of dishes to tempt your palate throughout the day.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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