Brucefield is situated in the historical fishing town of Arbroath in the district of Angus, on Scotland’s East coast. Arbroath has long been famous for “Arbroath Smokies”, a unique kind of smoked haddock, and has been awarded “Protected Geographical Indication” status by the European commission. This means that similar to Champagne or Parma ham, only fish smoked within an 8km radius of Arbroath can legitimately be called Arbroath Smokies.
Arbroath Abbey is associated with the signing of the declaration of Arbroath in 1320. The document, believed to have been drafted by Abbot Bernard on behalf of the Scottish nobles and barons, asked Pope John XXII to recognise Scotland’s independence. Historic Scotland has recently completed a striking new £1.8m visitor centre bedside the Abbey. The centre provides interpretive displays and viewing galleries and explains the significance of the declaration of Arbroath.
If golf is your thing, then Brucefield makes an ideal home, with the world famous Carnoustie golf links a mere fifteen minutes away. Even closer is Letham Grange, which offers both the magnificent and challenging old course, as well as the relaxing and beautiful Glens course. The eleven courses at St Andrews are also easily accessible around forty minutes away.
The picturesque coastline from Dundee to Montrose has a character all its own with many unique villages, towns and walkways to be explored. Take a relaxing walk along the beautiful white sandy beach at Lunan Bay while watching the dedicated surfers brave the cold water, or take a casual stroll along the seashore at Broughty Ferry, stopping off at Visocchi’s for a genuine gelato.
Arbroath is also home to one of the acclaimed seven wonders of the industrial world: the Bell rock Lighthouse, the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse. Designed and built by engineers Robert Stevenson and John Rennie between 1807 and 1810, it is considered one of the wonders of the industrial world because of the challenges faced in building it, and it’s very high standard of construction which has endured to this day.
Brucefield is also ideally situated for those who enjoy the great outdoors. In Angus, Montrose Basin wildlife centre is a haven for migrating and resident birds. Alternatively take a bracing coastal walk along the Arbroath cliffs with their fantastic red sandstone formations. At Broughty Ferry, you could take a special boat trip to see the most northerly resident group of Bottlenose dolphins in Europe.
Photographs of Making Smokies at Arbroath Seafest 2002; Auchmithie Harbour; Arbroath Abbey; The 10th hole at Letham Grange’s old course; Arbroath Harbour; Broughty Ferry Harbour at sunset; Lunan Bay; Auchmithie Bay and the Forfar Highland Games are copyright VisitScotland Angus and Dundee and used with kind permission.
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