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The local area guide to living in Montrose
Montrose is a Scottish town, just to the north of Dundee by the Esk rivers. It is the most northern town in Angus and has a fascinating history beginning in the 12th century, when it began as a vital trading point for furs, skins, salmon, timber and other goods. These industries brought wealth to the town in the last few centuries, and this is easy to see in the beautiful Victorian and Georgian architecture present throughout. Montrose’s trading history is also apparent in the interesting street names: India Street, America Street and Baltic Street are just a few examples. This trade was made possible because of Montrose’s natural harbour, and it is still important in the town’s booming North Sea oil and gas industries.
Today, the town is recognisable by its attractive gardens, wide streets, and the enormous 220 foot steeple at the centre of the town. It offers excellent shopping opportunities and even has a huge 3 mile sandy beach, which only adds to the town’s draw for tourists. Surrounding the town are beautiful, rugged hills and cliffs.
Montrose is home to an internationally recognised nature research, the Montrose Basin, which provides a habitat for the mute swan and 38,000 migratory birds.
Information about the local residents
Montrose has a fairly small population of 12,000, but it is still the third biggest town in Angus boosted by a fairly sizeable Eastern European immigrant population. Like much of the rest of Scotland and the rest of the UK, the population is aging and as a result it has an increasing number of residential and nursing homes. However, 60% of residents are of working age and, alongside the oil and gas industry, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is a major employer. The average house price ranges between £106,000 and £130,000.
There are six good primary schools in Montrose – Southesk, St Margaret’s, Rosemount, Lochside, Ferryden and Borrowfield.
Montrose Academy, a comprehensive, educates around 900 pupils under the Curriculum of Excellence – the Scottish education system. For those unfamiliar, it is quite different to the curriculum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and offers a broader range of subjects for learning.
University education north of the border is also a little different, with courses lasting a year longer than is the norm elsewhere. The University of Dundee is just 30 miles along the coast, and is famous for its research work. However, it offers a lot more – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is affiliated with the university, and it also has a School of Medicine and works beside the Dundee Dental Hospital and School. Life Sciences have a good reputation at the university, as well as art and law.
Montrose, despite its relatively small size, has a good transport links. There are regular and good value bus and coaches serving the town, as well as direct railway links to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s also relatively easy to reach other major cities in the UK including London, Birmingham and Leeds. Montrose also has two cycle circuits, one of 12 miles and one four and a half. By car, it’s easy to reach Dundee to the south and Aberdeen to the north via the A92 artery road. Dundee airport is the closest way to travel by air, offering flights to other airports in the UK and Jersey.
Montrose has an excellent shopping scene, with fantastic boutique and independent shops and artisan stores. It also has a lot to offer in terms of leisure pursuits – Montrose Golf, the Seafront Splash development, and the Traill Pavilion are all popular.
Montrose also has a good selection of museums, galleries, historic buildings and a heritage centre. The town also hosts a music festival every year (‘MoFest’) in May. Best of all, the natural landscape around the town provides a lot for those who love the outdoors, including the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre.
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