I sent the last text for my next book Yorkshire’s Gins to the publisher in January, and immediately set off to the East Coast of Scotland to do research for some articles based around the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the document asking the Pope to recognise Scotland’s independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king.

By the time the anniversary arrived life had changed. Still, it is 700 years ago that this history-making document was sent from Scotland to the Pope, and although the celebrations have been put on hold until next year, the articles were written. And they have been published to mark the anniversary on 6 April. So join me – as an armchair traveller – and explore the land where the Declaration was produced.

The Scotsman Magazine
Adventure in Angus

Water, whisky and wildlife put time into perspective in Angus ahead of the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. Read the article here

i online
Arbroath – the birthplace of Scottish independence

Seven hundred years ago, the monks of Arbroath Abbey were entrusted with producing a document which is one of the most important in Scotland’s history. Read the article here

Scotland on Sunday
Do Not Disturb: Hotel review – Brucefield B&B

The anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath is a good excuse for planning a weekend visit to the Angus town and when you can book into a luxury B&B just a few minutes’ walk from the Abbey where the declaration was prepared by the monks, it’s a no-brainer. Read the article here

Thanks to VisitScotland for arranging the trip.

Arbroath Abbey
Arbroath Abbey Copyright: Fiona Laing