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Edzell Travel Guide - Scotland

Edzell is a village in Angus, Scotland that was planned during the 19th century. It is nestled at the base of Glen Oak along the edge of Strathmore. The first thing that visitors notice about this village is its ambiance of peace and tranquility. The entrance to the village is a long avenue lined with forests and the Edzell Arch provides an exquisite gateway to the town. This arch was built in 1887 to commemorate the 15th Earl of Dalhousie and is often called the Dalhousie Arch. The village is located about five miles north of the A90.

The village of Edzell consists of mainly Victorian style houses and villas. The Inglis Memorial Hall is an architectural sight as it is a combination of Gothic style and a sort of Scots Baronial style. This location was used in the screen adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel, "Cloud Howe".

When you visit Edzell, one place on your itinerary should be the ruins of Edzell Castle. This is a spectacular ruin located at the entrance to Glen Lethnot. The square tower is still standing and there is a remarkable Renaissance garden, which is called the "Pleasance". This garden is a riot of colour, especially during the summer. The castle ruins and the garden are in the care of the state and the gardens are kept in meticulous condition.

Edzell Arch - photograph © Kelvingrove Bed and Breakfast You can enjoy a breathtaking walk from Gannochy Bridge to the Rocks of Solitude. Here you can see the salmon leaping over the rocks as they swim upstream to the spawning grounds. Edzell Muir and Pirner's Brig are two of the most popular picnic spots in Edzell. You can also walk along the River Esk through the longest glen in Angus Glenesk. There is a road that you can take so that you can reach Loch Lee and the Benchinnan Mountains. Stop into the folk museum along this route where you will see numerous artefacts and unique Scottish handicrafts.

Walk across the Wobbly Bridge on the other side of Gannochy Bridge. You can enter the Burn through a doorway in the wall. Although several universities own the Burn as a field-testing site, the wooded path is open to the public and there are a variety of wooden sculptures along this path.

Edzell has been described by many visitors as the hidden jewel in the crown of Angus. It is easy to see why when you come here. You will be so entranced by the scenery that you will probably want to stay, just as many American soldiers did who served here after the Second World War.
Edzell Castle Gardens
700 yr old Beech tree at Edzell Castle