Montrose has several primary and secondary schools, providing a good education for children of all ages. There is currently one secondary school (Montrose Academy) and six primary schools: Lochside, Ferryden, Southesk, Rosemount, Borrowfield and St Margaret’s RC.
The town also has a college campus for further education. There are two universities in Aberdeen, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University and the nearby University of Dundee and Abertay University both offer a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate courses
Restaurants and retail
You’ll find a good variety of shops in this market town, from local independent shops such as bakers Goodfellow & Steven, Bel’s Butchers, traditional greengrocer Nature’s Garden to larger supermarkets, such as Tesco, Aldi and Lidl. The Angus Farmers Market – held on the first Saturday of the month – always draws a crowd.
The town also offer a fine selection of bars and restaurants throughout the town. Local favourites include the café at the charming Charleton Fruit Farm which is also home to a gift shop, play centre and seasonal fruit picking opportunities, Antipodean Roo’s Leap, and the quirkily named Rug Bug Benny’s, a 1920s style bar and restaurant.
The great outdoors
Montrose is famous for its stunning coastline. Its three-mile stretch of sandy beach, the Seafront Splash play area and the various amenities of the promenade are a winner for locals and visitors alike.
As is the peaceful Montrose Basin Nature Reserve which provides an impressive habitat for a vast range of migrating birds with a visitor centre offering viewing stations and more information on the local inhabitants.
There are several golf courses in the area, including the Montrose Links, one of the oldest golf courses in the world. The town has its own professional football team Montrose FC who are members of the Scottish Football League and currently play in League One
Other sports associations include cricket, tennis, rugby and swimming clubs alongside several bowls clubs which are part of the Montrose & District Bowling Club Association.
History and culture
Montrose has a rich history, with landmarks like the museum and art gallery providing insight into its past. It rose to prominence in the leather and salmon trade during the 12th century playing its part in the Medieval Wars of Independence, then smuggling in the 18th century, through to the local airfield in World War II, and with the heroic St Bernard sea dog Bamse immortalised in a statue at the port.
Culturally, local sculptor and artist William Lamb was born here in 1893 and considered to have had an exceptional talent. The town also hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. There is plenty to keep you busy, with the popular Montrose Music Festivals (Mo Fest to those in the know) a particular highlight.
So if you’re looking for a wonderful mix of natural beauty, outdoor activities, a strong sense of community and historical significance, then this is the town for you.
Whether you’re interested in exploring nature, enjoying local cuisine, or immersing yourself in Scottish culture, Montrose combines the tranquility of coastal living with access to essential amenities and a vibrant community.