Arbroath Abbey

Dundee & Angus

The picturesque, red-sandstone ruins of Arbroath Abbey, founded in 1178 by King William the Lion, dominate the town of Arbroath. It is thought that Bernard of Linton, the abbot here in the early 14th century, wrote the famous Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, asserting Scotland's right to independence; an exhibition in the beautifully preserved Abbot's House includes a replica of the declaration. You can climb part way up one of the towers for a grand view over the ruins.

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1. Signal Tower Museum

0.55 MILES

This museum has displays dedicated to Arbroath's maritime heritage and the Bell Rock Lighthouse, which was built between 1807 and 1811 by the famous­…

2. St Vigeans Museum

1.04 MILES

About a mile north of Arbroath town centre, this cottage museum­ houses a superb collection of Pictish and medieval sculptured stones. The museum's…

3. House of Dun

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From Bridge of Dun, it’s a 15-minute signposted walk to the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian country house built in 1730.

4. Aberlemno Stones

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5. Brechin­ Town House Museum

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6. Broughty Castle Museum

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7. HMS Unicorn

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8. V&A Dundee

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