Things to do
There’s such a wealth and variety of things to do and see in this lovely part of Scotland that it’s hard to know where to start! Here is just a taste of the many activities to enjoy and places of interest to visit in the area:
Capo and Inglesmaldie woods are on the doorstep, so there are many woodland walks and cycle paths which start straight from the cottages.
Take a picnic to the pond where the children can have endless fun.
Head to the picturesque village of Edzell, where there are many great river walks( through the blue door), take in the beautiful views up the Angus Glens and pass the dramatic rapids and waterfalls of a deep gorge as you cross the Gannochy bridge. Edzell marks the gateway to the Angus Glens and the Cairngorms National Park, where there is a wide range of walks to suit all ages and abilities: angusglens.co.uk/esk
Even in Scotland, you can try your hand at Petanque on one of our competition sized courts, just a short walk from the front door, situated between the cottages. The French game of Petanque is suitable for all ages, young and old and the setting, overlooking the Angus Hills and Aberdeenshire countryside is beautiful.
Golfers are spoilt here with over twenty golf courses within an hour’s drive. The nearest course is Edzell, with both nine and eighteen hole courses as well as a driving range. Just ten miles away is Montrose coastal links course, the fifth oldest golf course in the world; the Broomfield course here is ideal for families, beginners and juniors or as practice for the more challenging Medal course. Carnoustie, once considered one of the hardest courses in the world after the 1999 British Open, is about a forty minute drive and there are many other friendly courses in the surrounding area.
The nearby North Esk river is famous for its excellent migratory salmon and sea trout runs
(16th February until 31st of October). You can walk from Capo Cottages to Stracathro, Daladies and Pert Beats on the North Esk, where up to four hundred fish are caught per season on a single beat.
For up to date information on all salmon, trout, coarse fishing and sea fishing, beat descriptions and current conditions, click fishesk.co.uk
Deer stalking, grouse and pheasant shooting can be arranged on the local Fasque Estate and at Fettercairn and Gannochy. Wildfowling is available at Montrose Basin; permits are from Angus Council.
Just sit in the garden of your holiday cottage to spot jays, woodpeckers, buzzards, field buntings, oyster catchers, sky larks, gold crests and many more varieties of bird. There is excellent bird watching at the National Nature Reserve by St Cyrus beach as well as at nearby Montrose Basin.
If it’s relaxation you’re after, just leave the car where it is, head for the garden, pond or river and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wildlife and scenery in the peace and quiet at Capo Cottages.
Places to visit
There are many impressive historic homes and castles near to Capo Cottages, including Edzell Castle, Dunnotter Castle, House of Dun, Glamis Castle and Dunninald House and Gardens.
The village of Fettercairn is home to the second oldest licensed whisky distillery in Scotland, dating back to 1824 and marking the start of the Malt Whisky Trail. The distillery is open to the public for tours and tastings from May until September.
Three historical fishing villages located on the road north between St Cyrus and Stonehaven are well worth visiting. Johnshaven and Gordoun have still working harbours, complete with mounds of lobsterpots, old buildings, narrow streets and sea views to admire; you can pick up fresh fish, lobster and other seafood on the harbour wall in Gordoun. The coastal village of Catterline sits on top of the cliffs and has great views and an award-winning seafood restaurant, The Creel. There are fantastic rock pools to paddle in and explore.
As well as the river walk and picnic areas around Capo Cottages, there are plenty of things to do to keep children entertained in the surrounding area.
The beaches and sand dunes of St Cyrus, Montrose and Lunan Bay are a short drive away.
Three miles away in the heart of Edzell Woods, Bedlam offers paintballing for the over-12s, with five custom designed game zones and special missions including storming the communications tower and invading the village to claim each hut for your team.
Charleton Farm - a fantastic spot for all the family with two large play areas for different age groups and a great selection of things to play on or with. There’s a very good café here and you can also pick your own strawberries and raspberries
Seafront Splash at the beach in Montrose - a modern purpose built play area with paddling pool and pitch and putt.
Balmakewan Farm Shop and Bistro – only a short drive away, serving Breakfast, Lunch, coffee ,teas and cakes daily . With a wide selection of fresh produce and deli items.
Stonehaven Open Air Pool - a heated Olympic sized seawater pool at the beach in Stonehaven, open in the summer months. There is a water slide, midnight swims and ‘swopee’ sessions at weekends.
Kerr's Miniature Railway - Scotland's oldest miniature railway, located in West Links Park, Arbroath.
Brechin Castle Centre - coffee shop and restaurant, garden centre and country park.
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