Brawliemuir Holiday Cottages
There are a choice of routes down to the beach, a couple of cliff paths or just to the south of the village take a left onto a single track road which has a B&B signpost at the roadside and follow this steep road to the bottom when you will come to a car park and the nature reserve visitor building. It is a short walk across the sand dunes then onto the beach itself. Also from this point you will see the Ice House, now a restaurant but was once the ice house to the salmon fishing station which is now the B&B. If you choose to take one of the cliff paths, which can be reached from the road that goes pass the church you will be rewarded with magnificent views across the golden sands as far as Montrose and the lighthouse at ScurdieNess.
Looking southwest from the farmyard you will see on the highest point on the Garvock ridge Johnston Tower. It was built by James Farquhar to commemorate one of the great victories of the Peninsular War. It stands 30ft. high and the view from the top rivals any in the county. It is now in a sad state of repair. There is a small car park on the Hill of Garvock with wonderful views looking over the valley towards Laurencekirk and the Grampian Hills beyond.
A lovely old-world village, which has a wonderful archway, erected in 1864 to commemorate a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who stayed at the Ramsey Arms Hotel three years earlier. The hotel is still there and now boasts a nice restaurant. A visit to the distillery is worthwhile and heading out of the village is Fasque House, the home of William Gladstone the Victorian prime minister. In the surrounding countryside you can visit Drumtochty Glen which has a picnic area and a delightful forest walk, Clattering Brig, a lovely spot sits at the bottom of the road which takes you to the top of Cairn o’ Mount from where the views are truly breathtaking.
Brawliemuir Farm, Johnshaven, Montrose, Angus DD10 0HY
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Another village with a magnificent arch way, Edzell is a pretty village to potter around. Edzell castle built in 1604, although now a ruin is well worth a visit to see the tower and gardens and is open to the public.