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Forfar... A place steeped in History
Member Name: seksyhuni
Advantages: so much to see and learn and a place you will want to visit time and time again
When we visited Angus in Forfar we lodged at Lochlands.
With it being a basic break to see relatives that were based in the area due to being moved nearby by the forces , I was amazed at what was on offer within the area.
Angus is exciting to explore from its glens barraging in to the grampians to the climbing cliffs of Red Head and the fish smoking houses of Abroath.
For those that may find history interesting you might appreciate to know that the declaration of independence, on which the American declaration was based had been signed in Arbroath Abbey in 1320,
The Abbey is a necessity to see if you visit this area of Scotland although ruins, they are interesting furthermore there is a visitors center, viewing gallery , shop and reception and also the Abbots house which exists in excellent condition despite the idleness of the rest of the abbey. it is rather spooky in some areas and is not a place i would like to be stranded in after dark, but it is steeped in history.
Not from the lochlands site is another great place to visit called Glamis Castle which was the childhood home of the Queen mother and also the setting for Shakespeare Macbeth which is proved with Duncan hall, this is the oldest part of the castle but it is understood that King Macbeth killed Duncan there, or so the guides say,
The castle has some great exhibitions on and they did have a wonderful one of James Barrie on , for those that do not know he was the author of "peter pan" they had manuscripts and possesions of his on display, some said it is a regular thing but you may have to check.
The Gardens are also a nice place to stroll around and are very well kept, it was amazing to walk around them as i was constantly telling my children , that the Queen mother and Shakespeare and once wandered round them , they did not really appreciate it with being young but i certainly did.
If castles and glens are not your thing you can always nip across the Tay bridge to the "kingdom of Fife" and discover great little fishing villages, like
Pittenweem, or Crail and also lots of golf courses ..... 30 infact !!! that is including the world famous St Andrews course.
Back to Lochlands, this was a fantastic Caravan site we stopped at , it has everything you could dream of, it is available 11 months of the year with all mod cons and some new additional features have been added since we were up there, (looked recently as we are planning to go again) there is the Restaurant and also the nursery and garden center.
And for those who love horses there is also an Equestrian center, which is pretty well stocked with horses and allows anyone to ride, young or old, it is also very friendly too so don't be worry if you have never tried they will help you become accustomed to the horse.
Overall i really enjoyed my stay at lochlands and with having everything basically on hand it was easy to adapt without the comforts of home, being in a caravan did not faze me too long and cabin fever did not set in as there is so much to see in Forfar, I enjoyed it so much that we do plan on visiting again, to take in more of the area as the last visit was taken up with visiting family too , this time i wont be , as much as i love them i really want to enjoy more of the area as there was so much on offer and so much history.
Summary: I really enjoyed my visit and intend to visit again in the summer
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