Glenesk Retreat & Folk Museum

The Cairngorms

Ten miles up Glenesk from Edzell is a former shooting lodge that houses a fascinating collection of antiques and artefacts documenting everyday life in the glen from the 17th to the early 20th centuries – 860 people once lived here; today the population is less than 100.

There's also internet access, a gift shop and a restaurant (mains £5 to £10) serving superb fish and chips.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Cairngorms attractions

1. Edzell Castle

7.71 MILES

The Lindsay earls of Crawford, Lord Panmure’s predecessors as owners of Edzell Castle, built the L-plan tower house in the 16th century. Sir David Lindsay…

2. Brechin­ Town House Museum

12.88 MILES

Housed in the 18th-century former town hall, courtroom and prison, Brechin Town House Museum records the history of the round tower, cathedral and town.

3. Dinnie Stones

12.93 MILES

Named after Donald Dinnie (1837–1916), a famous Aberdeenshire athlete and strongman, this pair of granite boulders weigh 733lb (335.5kg) in total. Dinnie…

4. Aberlemno Stones

14.33 MILES

The mysterious Aberlemno stones are among Scotland's finest Pictish carved stones. By the roadside there are three 7th- to 9th-century slabs with various…

5. House of Dun

15.53 MILES

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

6. Camera Obscura

16.85 MILES

This 1930s cricket pavilion on the hilltop northeast of the town centre was gifted to the town by famous son JM Barrie, and is now managed by local…

7. JM Barrie's Birthplace

17.2 MILES

This is Kirriemuir’s big attraction, a place of pilgrimage for Peter Pan fans from all over the world. The two-storey house where Barrie was born has been…

8. Gateway to the Glens Museum

17.32 MILES

The old Town House opposite the Peter Pan statue dates from 1604 and houses the Gateway to the Glens Museum, a useful introduction to local history,…