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Castles or must see destinations from Dundee

I am driving from Dundee to Aberdeen along the coast and would like to stop at Dunnotter castle. I will have a full day to explore and wonder if there are some suggestions from the community along this route
Thanks Caroline

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I drove this route last year. I left Dundee and went to Glamis Castle. I then headed toward the coast and stopped at Abroath and Dunnottar. I ended my day at my hotel near Ballater. I got to Glamis right at opening and up to Dunnottar by late afternoon(4?). It was a beautiful day for the drive! Have fun, and enjoy.

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Here's another vote for Glamis Castle. Our B&B hostess in St Andrews said that of all the castles in Scotland she felt Glamis gave the best visitor experience.

We didn't explore the gardens because of a rainstorm, but greatly enjoyed having afternoon tea as well as taking the interior tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. Much of the interior is set up exactly as the Queen Mother had it during her lifetime, but the history of the castle goes back centuries. The focus of the tour is well balanced, I thought -- it's not all about the QM or the modern-day Bowes-Lyon family, but it includes information about them as well as the castle's longer past history.

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Hi, Caroline,

I may have already suggested Arbroath Abbey. where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. Supposedly it was the inspiration for the US Declaration of Independence. It's a beautiful abbey, although most of the interior is in ruins. If you visit Arbroath, which is famous for its smokies (smoked haddock), you can take the A92 straight up the coast to Dunnottar.

There are several good restaurants on the harbour front in Arbroath, where you can try one of said smokies.


Mike (Auchterless)

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I will pile on for both Glamis and Arbroath and add Dunnattor Castle. And you have to try the Arbroath Smokies. And by the way, if you are a fan of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie's birthplace is just up the road at Kirriemuir.