Explore relaxing Arbroath: its countryside, ruins, oceanfront and more!

Arbroath is a pretty town along the North Sea in the scenic area of Angus. Uncover some of Scotland’s fascinating history as you meander down the town’s wide streets, enjoying the scent of smokehouses and salty air. The town, dating back to the 1100s, is a heartland for the historic declaration of Scottish independence.

Stroll around the compact town, taking in its architectural highlights. North of the center of town, find the Arbroath Abbey, a ruined monastery built in 1178. Admire the enduring red sandstone walls and investigate the on-site visitor center, where you’ll learn about the abbey’s history.

Wander south toward the sea and spot Arbroath’s historic buildings. See the heritage-listed Arbroath Town House, the Corn Exchange and Webster Theatre. High Street is lined with charming old façades of shops and cafés. The Declaration of Arbroath Statue is dedicated to the historic document that declared Scotland’s independence in 1320. Catch a local soccer match at Gayfield Park or play a round of golf on a picturesque seaside course.

Arbroath Harbour is located at the southern end of town. See clusters of cozy seaside cottages and the tall masts of boats moored in the harbor. You might be able to smell Arbroath Smokies, which are whole haddocks smoked with oak chips, a town specialty. Grab a snack of Arbroath smokies from a family-run smokehouse. Check out the historic red-painted Lifeboat Station and the distinctive turret of the Signal Tower Museum. Wander through Victoria Park to the stunning red sandstone cliffs of Whiting Ness. You’ll find a sandy beach and pretty cliffs stretching out from either side of the harbor.

Reach Arbroath by bus, car or regional and intercity train. The nearest airport is in Dundee, a 30-minute drive away. Major international airports are located in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Stay in pleasant cottage accommodations or a hotel in the heart of town. Include Arbroath on your road trip along the North Sea coast.

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Relaxing, Countryside and Excursions

Top hotels in Arbroath

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Lunan Bay Stays
3.5 out of 5
Lunan Farms, Lunan Bay, Arbroath, Scotland
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)

"Very cheap and reasonable very clean lovely area too"…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Lunan Bay Stays
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The Townhouse Hotel
3 out of 5
99 High Street, Arbroath, Scotland
per night
24 Sep-25 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (19 reviews)

"Clean and warm standard room, and very pleasant staff. Food good although very limited non-cooked breakfast: two cereals, no soft fruits or yogurts, orange the only juice. Overall therefore somewhat overpriced."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019

The Townhouse Hotel
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Willowbank House
4 out of 5
Marywell, Arbroath, Scotland
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
4.9/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)

"Very welcoming, clean ,comfortable easy to find , lovely comprehensive breakfast, we would book again ."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2019

Willowbank House

Popular things to do in Arbroath

Arbroath Abbey
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Arbroath Abbey

5/5 (4 Ratings)

Wander around the magnificent red sandstone ruins of a medieval monastery signifying Arbroath’s eminence in the historic Scottish kingdom.

Discovery Point
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Discovery Point

4.5/5 (56 Ratings)

Travel back in history and relive the valiant voyages of Antarctic explorers. View multimedia exhibits aboard a traditional wooden ship and floating museum.

Verdant Works
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Verdant Works

4.5/5 (24 Ratings)

See original industrial artifacts and learn the personal stories of the workers and barons who made up Dundee’s prosperous Victorian-era jute boom.

Reviews of Arbroath


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4/5 - Good

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14 Sep 2019

Lovely and interesting working harbour, strong fishing culture, proud and significant history, spectacular coastline, friendly people. Old Boatyard restaurant exceptional cuisine and setting.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

19 Apr 2019

Went on a very short visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

19 Feb 2019

Arbroath is a simple limited town. Though it is friendly, full of fish and the Abbey is lovely with great history.