Festival guide launched

A new guide listing all of this year’s events for Tartan Day Scotland has been launched by Angus Council.

The guide provides information about everything that’s happening across Angus between April 5 and 13 April, including the Homecoming Weekend in Arbroath from the evening of April 4 until the evening of April 6.

Councillor Sheila Hands, the authority’s economic development spokeswoman, explained that the festival is an eight-day programme of special events commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

She said: “This major Homecoming Scotland event is expected to attract a high number of visitors from near and far.

“The Arbroath Homecoming Weekend will shine the Homecoming spotlight on Arbroath and Angus, reminding everyone of the part our corner of Scotland has played in the history, heritage and culture of our country.”

As well as detailed information about the Homecoming Weekend, which will include a Taste of Angus event at the harbour, tours of Arbroath Abbey, a family history day and the annual re-enactment of the world-famous Declaration of Arbroath, the guide also provides the full programme for other burghs.

There will be a special Tartan Day in Auchmithie, a Tartan Day Vintage Vehicle Display at Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club and the East Haven 800 Heritage Exhibition at Carnoustie Library.

The nature and landscape of the area will be highlighted by an expedition into the Angus Glens in search of the rare birds of prey that nest on the high crags and there will also be a variety of conservation events at Monikie Country Park. Local produce will be to the fore at the Tartan Day Scotland Farmers’ Markets in Forfar and Montrose, while many cafés, restaurants and hotels will be offering special Tartan Day menus.

The guide is available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions and can be downloaded from www.tartandayscotland.com