A historic fishing village Gourdon has a unique character shaped by a long association with the sea. The harbour was built in 1820 and Montrose to Inverbervie Railway stopped at Gouron Station when it operated between 1865 and 1951. You can learn more about the maritime heritage of this part of the North East by visiting the Magie Law Maritime Museum, which celebrates the Magie Law Lifeboat which between 1890 and 1930 saved 36 lives!
Magie Law Maritime Museum currently closed awaiting reopening
Johnshaven is the next fishing village further south from Gourdon and equally picturesque. The harbour has been in existence for more than 500 years. During the latter part of the 1800’s there were as many as 59 boats squeezed into the small east and west harbour walls. Find out more about the history of Johnshaven at the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Hub with its magnificent views towards the historic harbour.
Built by William Adam in 1730 for the Erskine family, this stunning 4 storey Baroque Mansion House has very fine plasterwork and a magnificent collection of portraits. In the kitchen discover the clockwork roasting spit – an early technological labour saving device. Nearby is the site of a mound on which stood the earlier castle from the 1300’s.
This is where the most famous document in Scottish History was drawn up – The Declaration of Arbroath – in 1320. The Abbey was founded by William the Lion King of Scots in 1178. Explore one of the most complete Abbot’s residences in Britain and view the twin towered Abbey West Front.