Arbroath is a town on the northeast coast of
Scotland, 17 miles north of of Dundee, 54 miles
south of Aberdeen.
Arbroath is popular for its large Abbey,
Scenic Harbour, Signal Tower Museum, Kids Play,
and Coastal Walk.
Click On Map for area Attractions
Camping & Touring Parks in
The image top is of Arbroath Links Golf
Club, situated 1 miles south of the town.
The image second top is of the Declaration
of Arbroath monument on the south side of
Arbroath. This is a letter sent from the Abbot
of Arbroath Abbey to the Pope in 1320 in an
attempt to have the Pope recognize Scotland as
an independent country and help stop the wars
between Scotland and England. The monument is
the work of David Annand
completed in 2001.
West Links Fun
Park is situated at the south side of town
with a good selection of activities for
children of all ages.
Arbroath Harbour is situated between West
Links and the town centre. This is a scenic
harbour for colourful photo shots.
At the harbour is the Old Boatyard
Restaurant and Gift Shop in a modern
The Signal Tower
Museum is situated by the harbour. This
building was completed in 1813 to be used as a
shore station for the Bell Rock
Lighthouse 11 miles offshore. The Tower was
decommissioned in 1955 and converted to a
museum in 1974 giving information on this
unique Lighthouse and dangers to shipping in
Arbroath High Street is situated a short
walk north of the harbour, main street for
shopping and cafes.
Arbroath Abbey is situated at the north end
of the High Street. This Abbey was founded in
1178 by King William the Lion, becoming one of
the largest and wealthiest Abbeys in
10,000 BC - the area around Arbroath is
thought to have been inhabited.
800s - Pictish stones thought to be from
this time are found at St Vigeans
Church on the north side of Arbroath. There
is a Museum by the
church that displays 38 Pictish Stones.
1178 - Arbroath Abbey was founded by King
William the Lion, leading to the town of
Arbroath growing around it.
1320 - the Scottish Parliament met at
Arbroath Abbey and sent a letter to the Pope
known as the Declaration of Arbroath. This
letter was to persuade the Pope to recognize
Scotland as an independent country under King
Robert the Bruce.
1394 - a harbour for fishing vessels is
built for the Abbey.
1446 - the Battle of
Arbroath took place between the Lindsay
Clan and the Ogilvy Clan as they disputed who
should be in control of justice on the vast
Arbroath Abbey lands. Around 500 men died in
the battle with no clear winner.
1560 - the Protestant Reformation lead to
the Abbey being abandoned and falling into
ruin. Catholic worship was banned at this time
and Protestant Kings and Queens would be chosen
before their Catholic relations.
1723 - the harbour at Arbroath was
1745 - Arbroath was a Jacobite town with
many men joining the attempt to have the
Catholic Stuart's returned to the British
throne. The towns harbour was used for ships
transferring men and supplies.
1746 - the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of
Culloden by Inverness ended the Jacobite
1700s late - Arbroath grew around the
production of Jute into rough cloth
and sail cloth for ships. There were around 34
Jute mills in the area.
The town was also well known for
manufacturing shoes and lawnmowers.
1839 - Arbroath Harbour was extended again
to increase the fishing fleet. Around 40
fishing vessels were based at Arbroath at one
time. Only a few fishing vessels use the
The Arbroath Smokie
is smoked haddock from the town well known
throughout the UK.