Arbroath is the largest town in Angus. It lies on the North sea. It is one of the largest fishing ports in Scotland. Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178. The Abbey is cared for by Historic Scotland and open to the public. The red sandstone ruins stand at the top of the high street. Arbroath smokies are made from haddock using traditional methods dating back to the 19th century. The preparation remains a cottage industry. They are well-known internationally and the company holds a Royal warrant.
Brechin is a former royal burgh. The town is well known for its cathedral. The cathedral has been much altered over the years but still contains medieval work from the 13th and 14th century. Brechin castle dates from the 13th century. Agriculture and forestry dominate the estate grounds and tourists can stay at lodges on the property. There is a visitors centre and museum in the grounds.
Montrose is a coastal resort and town and the northernmost coastal town in Angus. It is a commerical port for the oil and gas industry. The town has a view of a tidal lagoon, the Montrose Basin, which is an important nature reserve. The House of Dun, just outside Montrose is a National Trust for Scotland property.
Forfar is a town in the central lowlands. It is the county town of Angus. The town is home to the Forfar bridie, a meat pastie, which is popular with locals and visitors. Glamis castle in the valley of Strathmoor was the childhood home of the Queen mother. An illustration of the castle is featured on the reverse of the Bank of Scotland ten pound note. The castle and part of the grounds is open to the public.