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Scottish in Arbroath

Gordon's Restaurant

Six miles north of Arbroath, in the tiny and unpromising-looking village of Inverkeillor, lies this hidden gem – an intimate and rustic eatery serving gourmet-quality Scottish cuisine. There are five comfortable bed…
Scottish in Arbroath

But'n'Ben Restaurant

Above the harbour in Auchmithie, this cosy cottage restaurant with open fireplace, rustic furniture and sea-themed art serves the best of local seafood – the Arbroath smokie pancakes are recommended – plus great hom…
Historic Building in Arbroath

Arbroath Abbey

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 …
Museum in Arbroath

St Vigeans Museum

About a mile north of Arbroath town centre, this cottage museum­ houses a superb collection of Pictish and medieval sculptured stones. The museum's masterpiece is the Drosten Stone, beautifully carved with animal fi…
Scottish in Arbroath

Old Brewhouse

Located on the seafront east of the harbour, the Old Brewhouse has the scent of the North Sea in its nostrils, and also on its menu – choose from a Cullen skink, crab salad, haddock and chips, or Arbroath smokie don…
Cafe in Arbroath

Smithie's Deli

Housed in a former butcher's shop, with hand-painted tiles and meat hooks on the ceiling, Smithie's is a great little neighbourhood deli and cafe serving fair-trade coffee, pancakes, wraps and an Italian charcuterie…
Cafe in Arbroath

Old Bean Coffee House & Cocktail Bar

This laid-back little cafe serves the best coffee in town (using locally roasted Sacred Grounds coffee beans), along with a menu of bagels, waffles, salads and panini. On Friday and Saturday evenings it morphs into …
Museum in Arbroath

Signal Tower Museum

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 engineer Robert Stevenson (grandfather of writer Robert Louis Ste…