Glamis

Birthplace of Princess Margaret in 1930, baronial, much-haunted Glamis Castle was also the childhood home of the Queen Mother. The tower has 15ft-thick walls and dates from the 14th century, but most of the turreted castle was rebuilt during the late 17th century in the style of a French chateau. Items of interest include tapestries, furniture, paintings and weapons, and the fine grounds were laid out by 18th-century landscape gardener Capability Brown. From the battlements there are fine views of the Vale of Strathmore, the eastern Grampians and the Sidlaw Hills. The Angus Folk Museum is housed in a row of 19th-century cottages.

Montrose

Montrose, with its 4 sq-mile basin on the River Esk, is one of several Scottish ports that have gained a new lease of life from servicing North Sea oil rigs. The town was the birthplace in 1612 of James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, one of Scotland’s greatest soldiers who was born here in a house in Castle Place, Old Montrose. The High Street is dominated by the 220ft church steeple; many small courtyards lead off the street and no two are alike. A curfew is rung every night at 10pm from St Peter’s Church. The Museum and Art Gallery tells the long, interesting history of this old royal burgh.