Visit Forfar and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Forfar, Angus. This royal burgh, founded in the reign of David I, stands in the midst of flat fertile country at the North East end of the Vale of Strathmore, here known as the Howe of Angus, with Forfar Loch to the West and Fithie Loch to the East it is the county town of Angus.
Tradition relates that a “parliament” was held here in 1057, when King Malcolm Can-more conferred surnames and titles on the Scottish nobility. Certainly a royal residence existed in his time, the castle being situated on the conical Castlehill at the North East corner of the town. The spot is marked by an octagonal turret (1684), which itself was once the town cross. A track, known as the “King's Codger's Road”, formerly led to the coast at Usan and was used to bring fresh fish to the royal castle. Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore, had a residence on an island in Forfar Loch. Tradition associates some weapons found in the loch in 1770 with the murder of King Malcolm II in Glamis, his murderers being drowned while trying to cross the ice-covered water.
During the 17th century the town acquired notoriety as a result of the number of women burnt here for witchcraft, nine being so put to death between 1650 and 1662 alone. A hollow to the North is still known as “The Witches' Hose”, and there executions were carried out. Preserved in the Town House is the gruesome Forfar “bridle”, a metal collar, hinged to fit the neck, with a metal prong in front to act as a gag during executions. Noteworthy are the County Buildings, erected in 1873, and the Reid Hall, built in 1871 as a result of the generosity of Peter Reid, who made his fortune from the distinctive Forfar “rock” confectionery. The town, whose atmosphere typifies the quietly industrious spirit of the smaller Scottish burghs, has always depended to a large extent on the textile industry, and at one time possessed eight or nine large jute-and linen-mills. Forfar was famous in the past for its manufacture of wooden-soled shoes, or brogues. Its inhabitants were called the “Sutors of Forfar”, as they had gained the reputation of being extremely argumentative.
Nearby cities: Dundee
Nearby towns: Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Coupar Angus, Kirriemuir, Montrose
Nearby villages: Aberlemno, Airlie, Arbirlot, Ardovie, Bridgefoot, Careston, Carmyllie, Colliston, Cortachy, Dronley, Dubton, Dunnichen, Eassie, East Haven, Fern, Friockheim, Glamis, Glenogil, Guthrie, Inchbare, Inverarity, Inverquharity, Kingsmuir, Kinnell, Kirkbuddo, Kirkton of Airlie, Kirkton of Auchterhouse, Kirkton of Kingoldrum, Kirkton of Menmuir, Letham, Monikie, Newtyle, Noranside, Oathlaw, Pearsie, Stracathro, Tannadice, Tealing, Westmuir, Woodville
Have you decided to visit Forfar or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Forfar bed and breakfast (a Forfar B&B or Forfar b and b)
- a Forfar guesthouse
- a Forfar hotel (or motel)
- a Forfar self-catering establishment, or
- other Forfar accommodation