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Please help this American who does not know her way around Scotland!
I'm trying to find out the best way to get from Dundee to areas in and around Kirriemuir, most specifically, I need help getting to our families estates at Airlie and Cortachy. I haven't even a clue how to begin this journey, but luckily I have two months to get some help with this?
Any information, directions, tips, and approx. travel times would be greatly appreciated! :-)
Re: from Dundee to Kirriemuir
Kirriemuir is fairly close to Dundee (30 minutes drive at most) and there will be buses. It is also the destination for a thousand tour buses a day - not that there's much to see in Kirriemuir but it tends to be packaged with Glamis Castle (you're not a descendent of the Thane are you????)
Re: from Dundee to Kirriemuir
Use "Yahoo" maps". If you have a log-in (and it is very easy to get) you can get detailed driving instructions.
If not get on the "Kingsway" (4 lane road).
Turn of onto the A90
Turn left onto A98 (for 4.3 miles) signposted Kirriemuir and follow the signposts for Kirriemuir. Thats what I did. Its a beautiful drive (and you pass Glamis Castle, (worth a look) and go acroos the top of the hills (beautiful if weather OK).
Hope this helps,
Travel Tips for Dundee
This Black Watch soldier stands as a memorial to those who died in the two world wars. From his vantage point on Powrie Brae (on the northern edge of Dundee just to the east of the A90), he stands proudly year in and year out, keeping watch over the city. At certain times of year, he might be surrounded by vibrant fields of yellow oilseed rape... as in this photo. It always moves me when I see him... it means I'm almost 'home'.
You will definately require a large duffle with wheels as the clothes you will need to bring are quite bulky. Good walking shoes and boots, with thick socks. Waterproofs and fleeces. It is cold and wet for most of the year. You can get anything you need, but if you are treking carry medical supplies, first aid kit, torch, and some food and water. They have it all. A tent without holes and a solid ground sheet. A Kerosene heater and cooker would be a good investment.
Dunfermline Palace is next to Dunfermline Abbey Church and it is next to a gorge. When King Malcolm and Queen Margaret married in Dunfermline Abbey church she fell so much in love with the place that she decided to start a Benedictine order there. During her life the order was a small community but after 1128 her son David turned it into an Abbey. The heart of this abbey was the church, which later became the Royal Palace. Queen Margaret was buried at Dunfermline and her son wanted a fitting tribute to her.
In 1303 during the Wars of Independence English troops of King Edward I destroyed the abbeys domestic buildings but did not damage the Abbey church. This could be because of the link between Queen Margaret (now a saint) and the Benedictine Order of Canterbury.
The palace was rebuilt in 1500 by James IV and was the favourite residence of several kings and queens of Scotland. The last monarch to occupy the palace was Charles II – he stayed at Dunfermline before the Battle of Pitreavie in 1650. Soon afterwards the palace was abandoned. The roof was removed in 1708 and today all that is left is the south wall and the kitchen.
one more pic of the garden, totally surrounded by the original wall and castle.
" Scottish Heritage " offers a seasonal ticket for all it's sights for a rather small price, especially , when you visit a lot of them regularily.
On the other hand they expect you to stay a member and pay the annual fees, even if you spend your vacation somewhere else.
Dundee... oh, Dundee! Nice town, a forest nearby, great beaches and lots of touristic attractions. It is a really nice place to walk around for a few hours, but it gets a little boring after that. A lot of pubs, good restaurants and lots of shopping.