Only a hundred?

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Some people put their time in lockdowns to good use whilst most of us read books, walked the same route day-after-day and binged on the tv and Netflix.

100 sculpted into the sands of Angus. Image – Angus Tourism Co-operative

One such group of people were from Angus in Scotland who, assisted by people who had visited the area before lockdown, created the Insider’s Guide to Angus – 100 Unmissable Experiences.  Locals are usually the best people to reveal places that others might miss and the one hundred contains many lesser-known spots.

Places like Reekie Linn for example. It is a pair of joined waterfalls on the River Isla just north of Alyth at Bridge of Craigisla. When in spate, the huge 24m drop sends a mist of spray up into the air giving the waterfall its name. Or how about a visit to the Aberlemno Pictish Stones which feature some of the finest surviving Pictish carvings in Scotland, dating between about AD500 and 800.

Kick-starting tourism in the region, the guide is segmented into 10 different categories; Beauty Spots; Hidden Gems; Nature & Wildlife; Visitor Attractions; Coasts & Waters; Family Days Out; Cycling Routes; Walking Routes; Places to Eat and Food & Drink.

Sandy beaches – no problem; heritage sites –plenty to see; culinary attractions – how about a true Arbroath smokie or Scottish raspberries or Aberdeen Angus Beef

Stretching along the east coast from south Aberdeenshire to Dundee, and inland to Perth & Kinross, Angus is home to some of the most outstanding food and drink products in Scotland. A vast range of local producers create delicious food and drink, with everything from homemade pies and cakes, to jams and preserves made using the freshest soft fruits grown in the area as well as a number of craft spirits, beers and drinks including The Gin Bothy and Kinnettles Gold Tea, Scotland’s first 100% pure black tea; grown in Forfar.

Kinnettles Gold Tea. The leaves grown near Forfar. Image – Visit Angus

Alison Elliott, Manager of the Murton Farm, Tearoom and Nature Reserve and chair of the Angus Tourism Cooperative was instrumental in its creation. She said: “Once you begin to scratch the surface of all that Angus has to offer the number of opportunities is incredible, for our hidden gem of a nature reserve or cheeky animals on our visitor farm, near Forfar. The Insider’s Guide was created to provide both visitors and even those who live here with an insight into just some of the things to see, do, eat and experience in this very special area.”

To see the guide in full, click here or go to www.visitangus.com/insiders-guide where all 10 categories can be viewed alongside a check list of the unmissable experiences.

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