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Widely known as the spiritual home of golf, Scotland provides a host of courses for golfers of all levels. Here in Angus on the East Coast, with some of the world's most famous golf courses on our doorstep - you will not be disappointed!!
Our closest course, the Montrose Medal Links, is renowned for being the 5th Oldest in the World and host to many major events during its history. Most recently being a final qualifying course for the 2007 Open Championship held at Carnoustie.
Thereafter you have a choice of courses each within ten to thirty minutes travelling time from our home, including:
Letham Grange - choice of two scenic and tranquil inland courses, The Old Course and The Glens, both 10 miles SouthWest of Greenbank B&B. ( No Website - Contact 01241-890373 )
Arbroath - 18 hole seaside links course, 14 miles South West of Greenbank B&B. (No Website - Contact 01241-875837)
Carnoustie - Three 18 hole links courses including the famous Championship Course, The Burnside Course and Budden Links Course, 18 miles South West of Greenbank B&B.
Monifieth - Choice of two courses, the 18-hole Medal Course and also the 18 hole Ashludie Course, both 22 miles South West of Greenbank B&B.
Brechin - 18 hole parkland course, 8 miles North West of Greenbank B&B.
Edzell - 18 hole inland course, 10 miles North West of Greenbank B&B.
Not to mention, Forfar Golf Club 16 miles South West & Stonehaven Golf Course 21 miles North East of our home.
For those willing to travel a little further, 29 miles South West, there's the world's oldest surviving golf club, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Here you can play a variety of courses, including the Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Old Course, Glen's Course, Balgove, Strathtyrum & the New Course, all just over an hour's drive from Greenbank B&B.
In the opposite direction you have a choice of many fine courses in Aberdeenshire, including Nigg Bay, Hazelhead, Royal Aberdeen, Kings Links, Murcar, Deeside & Banchory to name but a few. Again these are just over an hour's drive North of our home.
With all of these unforgettable golf courses on our doorstep, and loads for non-golfing partners to do, what more could you ask for??
Wildlife & Birdwatching
As famous for it's wildlife as it is golf, the unspoilt beauty of the Scottish countryside and wildlife reserves, makes it an ideal place to find an abundance of birds, fish, plants and various other animals uncommon to other areas.
At Greenbank, we are fortunate enough to overlook the internationally acclaimed Montrose Basin a huge tidal basin, which provides a home for many species of fish and migratory birds particularly during the winter months. Shelduck, Widgeon, Redshank, Knot, Eider and also the beautiful Pink footed geese nest and take refuge here during migration, as do many other species throughout the year. It truly is spectacular sight watching and listening to the 1000's of geese that come in to land each evening. Some of the events at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre, one mile South West of our home, include exhibitions, guided walks, talks, children's activities and family days.
Other reserves close by include St Cyrus Nature Reserve, six miles North East of Montrose. Here you will find fulmars nesting on the cliffs, skylarks and stonechats, plus a huge variety of butterflies and moths.
Approximately ten miles South West you will find Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Arbroath. (link to www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/popup_reserves/east/seaton.htm Here you will find a variety of marine life, insects, butterflies, rock doves, house-martins, artic terns and gannets to name but a few of the regularly sighted wildlife.
Here at Greenbank we have the rivers North and South Esk on our doorstep, providing a choice of fishing throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
Entering the sea just north of Montrose, the River North Esk is 35 miles long. By contrast, the River South Esk is in the region of 46 miles long, entering the sea at the Montrose Basin .
In addition to the Rivers North Esk and South Esk we have the River Lunan and Rescobie Loch a few miles from our home, both of which also provide excellent local fishing and angling.
For those of you who prefer sea angling, a number of angling charter boats operate from Arbroath harbour (15 minutes from Montrose) and various rock, cliff and beach marks between Montrose and Arbroath.
Motorbiking around Scotland
Montrose provides both an ideal base from which to explore the East Coast of Scotland, or a mid-way point where those of you heading South or making your way further up North, can rest.
At Greenbank, regardless of whether you want a base to explore from or just one night's sleep to rejuvenate yourselves, we will provide you with a homely setting, where you can rest your head, eat a hearty evening meal (by advance arrangement) and having eaten an even heartier breakfast in the morning, you will be rested, well fed and ready for the journey ahead.
For those of you wishing to tour Scotland but who need a little help or would like a guide , Scotlandbybike may be of interest to you as they can provide guided tours for groups, couples or individuals.
For more information about biking in Angus and around Scotland , Angus Bikers may also be a useful source for contacts and information.