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Brechin's Victorian station

The Royal Burgh of Brechin is situated in Angus, to the North of the River Esk and just a little distance from the Scottish North East coastline. Around 9 miles directly West from Montrose, Brechin is sometimes referred to as a city as it does have its own cathedral.

What’s Brechin Like?

Brechin is within easy travelling distance of Dundee, St Andrews, Forfar, Aberdeen and Arbroath. The town boasts some interesting buildings, for example the Victorian railway station and the Mechanics Institute.

Brechin is a delightful place to visit, with interesting shopping streets and picturesque views of the River Esk.

What to do in Brechin

Brechin’s Victorian railway station is the proud home of the Caledonian Railway which gives the visitor the chance to ride on steam engine between Brechin and the Bridge of Dun.

In addition to the cathedral, which displays some gorgeous examples of stained glass, Brechin is also home to a very rare type of 11th century tower. Now part of the cathedral, this unusual round tower is built in an Irish style with a deeply inset arched doorway, reminding the visitor of the fairytale Rapunzel’s tower!

Many records indicate that Brechin was one home of the Picts, and the Pictavia visitor attraction at Brechin Castle will give you a taste of this with its carved stones, interactive exhibits and displays, adventure playground and much more. The castle itself overlooks the Esk and is mainly 18th century built though there has been a castle or building on that spot since the 12th century. For those interested in prehistory, there are a number of sites within easy travelling distance of Brechin, the nearest of which are the sculptured stones near Aberlemno. And you don’t have to travel far for other visitor attractions – Maison Dieu is a nearby ruined chapel, Edzell Castle and Gardens are just a little further North, and there’s also a town history museum at the Town House.

How to get to Brechin

Brechin’s is accessible for travellers to the North East of Scotland, being directly positioned on the A90, North of Forfar and en- route to Aberdeen, which is an hour’s-drive away. Travelling just a little further South, to Perth, will connect the traveller with the M90 and the UK’s main motorway network.

Where to stay in Brechin

We are proud to offer the visitor to the North East of Scotland some wonderful locations from which to base their stay. From regal apartments to stunning hotels and attractive cottages, this area offers much for the visitor, whether they are taking a family holiday, or as part of a wider tour of the North East. Do check out our listings below for more information.

Accommodation in Brechin

  • Auchenblae   (13.7 miles from the centre of Brechin)
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    Attractive converted stables in a quiet wooded glen adjacent to Drumtochty Castle, a 20 minute drive from Stonehaven with free WiFi, parking and stunning gardens and grounds.
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  • Fettercairn   (8.8 miles from the centre of Brechin)
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    Situated in scenic Fettercairn, in the heart of Kincardineshire, Ramsay Arms Hotel features a traditional restaurant and bar. With free parking, the hotel also offers cosy rooms...
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