Forfar is a town that has withstood the test of time. There was once a castle here which was the meeting place of the Pictish chieftains who met to discuss how best to defeat the Roman invaders. There are two schools of thought as to the origin of the name Forfar. Some believe it to be a form of the Gaelic words meaning "cold place" while others think it originated from the words meaning slope and watching, dating back to the time of the Picts.
In the past, King Malcolm Canmore held court in Forfar in 1057 and conferred titles on the knights. Traces of the Royal residence can still be seen north of the town, which today is home to about 14,000 people. In the 17th
century, a number of women were burned at the stake because it was believed they were practicing witchcraft, which earned the town the nickname of "Witches Hollow".
As you stroll about the countryside, you will see strange shapes carved in the stones that are all alone. These are believed to date back from ancient times. The scenery of Forfar is one of picturesque beauty. One of the places every visitor has to see is Glamis Castle the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret and the legendary setting of the Shakespearean play MacBeth. There is a beautiful park here and the gardens are exquisite. There is an exhibition entitled "Elizabeth of Glamis" in the Old Coach House. There is also a licensed restaurant and a gift shop at the site.
Walk the track known as the "King's Cadger Road" that was once the road from the town to the coast along which the fresh fish was brought to the Canmore Castle. The site of this castle is today marked by an octagon-shaped turret.
With the many accommodations available, you will be able to find a place to stay whether it is for a night or a week. One of the specialties of Forfar that you do have to try is the Forfar Bridie, which is the Scottish version of the Cornish Pastry, said to have been developed by a Mrs. Birdie. It was a favourite food of farm workers, who could eat it without having to wash their hands and they simply threw away the crust.
Stroll through Forfar and see some of the old buildings that remain, such as the County Building, which dates back to 1873 and the Reid Building, which was built in 1871.Visit the Angus Folk Museum and learn what rural life was like in Scotland 200 years ago. There are displays of all walks of life so that you can easily see the discrepancies between the rich and the poor.
The memories you make in Forfar will last you for a lifetime, along with the photos that you take while you are here.
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