Kirriemuir is a small town in Angus, Scotland. It lies at the foot of the Angus glens, looking south over the Strathmore valley towards the village of Glamis and the Sidlaws hills. Often called the Gateway to the Glens, this peaceful community is a brilliant base for exploring the braes of Angus. From your holiday cottage in Kirriemuir, the historic town centre will be a stroll away with narrow, winding streets full of family-run businesses. In the main square opposite Visocchi’s renowned ice cream shop, the Town House dates back to 1604 with a distinctive tower overlooking the streets. The town’s most famous resident was the author JM Barrie, who created Peter Pan. Visit his birthplace, now home to an exhibition of life-size figures, theatre posters and stage costumes, and look out for the statue of Peter Pan in the town centre. Barrie gave a camera obscura to the town, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the glens. There is also a statue of the town’s other famous son, Bon Scott, the singer of the rock band AC/DC. Birdwatchers will not want to miss the RSPB reserve at the Loch of Kinnordy, where rare wetland birds can be viewed from hides and boardwalks.
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Self-catering holidays in Kirriemuir are a great opportunity to experience traditional Scottish events such as the Kirriemuir Festival of Traditional Music and Song, featuring story-telling performances, ceilidhs and live music. Kirriemuir holiday cottages are perfectly positioned for exploring the Angus Glens and beyond. A few miles northward, the Cairngorms National Park is home to some of Scotland’s most remote countryside, with soaring mountains, shimmering lochs and rare wildlife to discover. To the east is the rugged Angus coast with ancient fishing villages and rocky bays. A half-hour drive southward, Dundee is a fascinating city on the sweeping estuary of the River Tay.