How to Spend a Weekend in Montrose

January 29, 2024

Located between Dundee and Aberdeen, Montrose can be overlooked in the many visitor’s guides for the East Coast of Scotland. 

Despite this, we promise if you do choose to spend a weekend in Montrose, you will find plenty to see and do!  

From fascinating history to glorious nature and beautiful beaches, here is our guide on how to spend a weekend in Montrose.  

Arbikie Distillery Experience

Located on a family-owned working farm, Arbikie Distillery are distillers of premium Scottish gin, vodka, and whisky.  

Putting sustainability at the heart of their practices, they have distilled the world’s first climate-positive gin and vodka. Each of their spirits is distilled, matured, and bottled on the grounds.  

A variety of tours are available so you can get a close-up look at their innovative processes and discover your new favourite tipple in the process.  

Montrose Air Station Heritage Museum

Located on the site of the former Montrose Air Station, the Heritage Museum gives you a great insight into the area’s military history. It is also believed to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland, so keep your eyes peeled for ghostly figures in flying uniforms! 

The museum is highly interactive, making it a great activity for adults and children.  

House of Dun

Overlooking the Montrose Basin, The House of Dun is a fine Georgian Country house that was built in the 1730s.  

Credit: P. Tomkins/VisitScotland

Within the house, you will find a lavish interior and almost 300 years of history. Guided tours are available to help you make the most of your visit, and there is an on-site café serving hot drinks and light bites.  

The grounds are also worth exploring, with walks available within the gardens and woodlands, including one that takes you to the family mausoleum. There is also the Angus Folk Collection, a new interactive visitor experience.  

Montrose Heritage Trail

Embark on a historical journey during your weekend in Montrose as you discover the Heritage Trail.  

With 25 stops covering the length and breadth of the town, the Heritage Trail helps you take in all of Montrose’s most significant landmarks and will take around  90 minutes to complete. 

The route begins at the town steeple and ends at Montrose Infirmary – a great spot for ship spotting at the busy harbour.  

Charleton Fruit Farm 

Located on the outskirts of town, Charleton Fruit Farm is a fun addition to your weekend in Montrose.  

Visit the farm and try your hand at picking your own fruits and vegetables. The crop will depend on the time of year – we recommend going in the summer months to try some delicious fresh berries. 

The grounds include a children’s play park, a café and a shop full of local produce and gifts.

If you are interested in sampling other cuisines, we recommend Roo’s Leap for Australian-themed food in a laid-back atmosphere, or Ma Yom, for authentic Thai dishes.  

Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

One of the biggest draws in the town is the Montrose Basin Nature Reserve.  

Home to 750 hectares of tidal mudflats, you will find a wide range of bird species in the Basin.  

In the autumn and winter, over 100,000 birds migrate to the Basin, including pink footed geese, and wigeon. In the spring and summer, there are breeding colonies for sand martins, common terns, and other species. 

Credit: Paul Tomkins / VisitScotland

Self-guided audio tours are available through a mobile app, and the Visitors Centre is equipped with binoculars, high-powered telescopes, and video to help you catch a glimpse of the wildlife.  

If wildlife watching is of particular interest, you should also visit St. Cyrus Nature Reserve, located just outside Montrose.

A rich and diverse reserve, it is home to native Scottish cattle, a plethora of insects, and a variety of bird species throughout the year. Plus, it is the perfect location for a coastal walk with 3 miles of golden sand and stunning sea views.

Montrose Museum and Art Gallery  

First opened in 1842, the Montrose Museum and Art Gallery is a prime location to learn more about the local area.  

The museum tells the story of Montrose, from the earliest traces of the town to the Jacobite rising, and its importance in maritime and trade history. Educational talks are regularly held at the museum, and the art gallery has rotating exhibitions, meaning no two visits are the same. 

Montrose Golf Links

Montrose Golf Links 1562 course

Finally, we would love you to visit us during your weekend in Montrose!  

At Montrose Golf Links, we have two contrasting courses that will delight golfers of all ability levels. We can also provide professional lessons for both adults and juniors.  

We’re the fifth oldest golf course in the world, and you can enjoy arresting views of the Angus coastline at various points along the course.  

Of course, you should also visit some other courses in the area. Discover in our blog post which are our Top 10 Unmissable Courses in Angus.

And there you have it! We hope this blog has provided you with plenty of inspiration on how to spend a weekend in Montrose.  

As you can see, there is so much to see and do that you will struggle to fit it into a few days. 

If you are a golf enthusiast, we recommend that you book your tee time in advance to avoid disappointment.  

Get in touch today to find out more about playing on our courses.