Montrose is regarded as the culture and sculpture capital of Angus with over 20 statues of note and being the third largest town. The skyline of Montrose is dominated by the 220-foot (67 m) gothic steeple, designed by James Gillespie Graham and built between 1832 and 1834.We have many local attractions to cater for all ages, from our own beautiful sandy 3-mile-long (4.8 km) beach, which has been awarded the Blue Flag for its eco credentials, to one of the oldest golf courses in the world.Here are just a few of our many treasures.
Montrose Basin and Nature Reserve
We have a two-mile square tidal lagoon called the Montrose Basin which is considered a nature reserve of international importance and is the largest inland salt water basin in the UK.The Scottish Wildlife Trust operates a modern, purpose-built wildlife centre at Rossie Braes, which offers good telescopic and televisual views of the area and is particularly noted for the birds that breed, feed and roost there, including eider, pinkfooted geese, mute swans, redshank, lapwing, pintail and wigeon.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
Great Britainâ€™s first operational military air station which has a collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts and memorabilia which tell the history of the airfield and the story of the men and women who served there. There is something for everyone, aviation, RFC, RAF, WWI, WWII, local history, ghosts, Meteor and Vampire jets plus a full size replica Sopwith Camel and Spitfire.
Montrose Golf Links
Montrose also has the 5th oldest golf course in the world and only at St Andrews has golf been played continuously longer over the same golfing ground.Situated along the rugged coastline of Angus in the very heart of Scotlandâ€™s â€˜Golf Countryâ€™ Montroseâ€™s courses provide a challenge for golfers of all abilities and the Medal Course is widely regarded as being one of the worldâ€™s â€˜must playâ€™ courses by Scots and international golfers.
The Caledonian Railway
The Caledonian Railway is run by a group of steam railway enthusiasts, the Brechin Railway Preservation Society.It is one only four Scottish steam heritage railways, being built in the 1840s, now re-instated and preserved for around 4 miles (6.4 km) between Brechin and Bridge of Dun railway station. Trains run at weekends during the summer as well as on special occasions at other times of the year. The two railway stations themselves have also been refurbished.
The House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century and is just 3 miles from Montrose and is widely regarded as the finest medium-sized country house to have been built by William Adam.A visit to the House of Dun is about more than just the house itself. To the east of the house is a rectangular walled garden, and there are more gardens to the south, separated from the surrounding countryside by a ha-ha, a vertical drop intended to allow open views in, but keep sheep out. All of this has been returned to a form that would have been familiar to the house's first residents in the 1740s.
Montrose Music Festival
Since 2008 Montrose has hosted the Montrose Music Festival or Mo Fest as it’s affectionately become known, which takes place each year at the end of May. It has grown in size and stature each year to become Scotland's biggest free live music festival with over 200 free gigs played over the three days in over 26 venues across the town, including The Star Hotel, and has an open air stage on Montrose's historic High street. Montrose has hosted many famous musicians, including Status Quo, Average White Band, Deacon Blue, The Proclaimers, Ocean Colour Scene, Toploader, Eddi Reader and in July 2015 Madness, playing their only gig in Scotland that year. Our 2016 music festival kicked off with Jools Holland and in August we had Bryan Adams playing in Montrose.
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