After our visit to the St Andrews Highland Games in late July we decided to follow the coast up through Dundee and round to the small town of Arbroath.
Abroath looked like a town that had once seen better days but the tiny streets around the harbour were fascinating, heavy with the ghosts of the 19th century fishermen who had once made Abroath one of the biggest white fish ports in Britain. Arbroath Abbey is also a surprise, an unexpected magnificent medieval ruin set back from the sea front.
While in Arbroath we also hatched our plan to travel one of the ‘best driving routes in Britain’, the A93 through the Cairngorms Natural Park. The idea for this and many other beautiful routes in Scotland came from Martin Dorey’s book, Take the Slow Road, which I’d very much recommend to anyone planning a Scottish road trip.
After a beautiful summer afternoon at Crathes Castle we headed south east to the coastal village of Stonehaven. We planned to stay for a day but loved it so much we stayed for three.