There is much to do when staying with us at the Royal Hotel from visiting local places of interest to exploring the local Angus Glens. Below is just a small selection of things to do.
Glamis Castle has a fascinating and exciting history. The thaneage of Glamis was granted to Sir John Lyon by King Robert II of Scotland (the first of the Stuart Kings) in 1372. Glamis was believed to be a royal hunting lodge at the time of its first grant and it was not until the first part of the 15th century that any part of the present structure was built.
Legends and myths have grown around the castle. King Malcolm II was said to have been murdered here in the 11th century. Lady Janet Douglas, widow of Lord Glamis, was burned at the stake as a witch in 1540 by James V. There is said to be a secret room where a nobleman played cards with the Devil himself.
Forfar Golf Club has the 4th oldest 18 hole course in the world and is the very first Club to have an 18 hole course from inception and inauguration. In 1871, Founding member James Brodie invited Tom Morris Snr to Forfar where he laid out an 18-hole golf course. This was the very first 18-hole course built from inception anywhere in the world.
Tom Morris Snr was bestowed as an Honorary Member of the Forfar Golf Club and visited many times to play on the course that he designed based on the template of the 18 hole layout of the Old Course.
J M Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, spent his childhood in this small whitewashed cottage, and it’s here that you can see traces of the creative spirit he was set to become.
The son of a weaver, Barrie lived with his seven brothers and sisters in two upstairs rooms, while his father’s weaving workshop was downstairs. The washhouse in the yard was Barrie’s first theatre – and may even have inspired the Wendy House in Peter Pan.
An exhibition tells the story of his life and work and includes the writing desk from Barrie’s London flat where he penned Peter Pan.
Located on the west end of the historic burgh of Forfar, visitors can escape to the countryside yet be only a five to ten minute walk from town centre facilities.
There are many ways to enjoy the country park. The circular route around the loch is 4 kms (2.5 miles) long and is suitable for all abilities. The route forms part of the larger Forfar Path Network. A wide variety of wildlife makes the country park its home. Pause on your way round, take in the surroundings, and you never know what you might see or hear. Kingfisher, fox, otter and roe deer are among the regularly spotted park residents. Look out for fishing osprey during the summer months.
Set in 220 acres of beautiful woodlands and paddocks, Redwings Mountains provides a place of sanctuary to 90 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The centre is part of the UK’s largest horse sanctuary, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, having merged with the charity in January 2015. Here animal lovers can get up close and cuddly with its adorable residents and hear their stories – and, best of all, it’s completely FREE!