Wester Dun

Wester Dun Cottage

In April we spent a week in Wester Dun Cottage, near Montrose on the east coast in Angus. Wester Dun itself (in the gallery below) is a former manse, and the cottage at the end of the drive would once have housed servants. There is still a bell in the hall, and I imagine the minister deciding to go out and ringing for the gardener, or whoever the occupant was, to come out to open the gates for him. That was my job during our stay. I know my place.

Our nearest neighbour was the rather grander House of Dun, an 18th century mansion once home to the Erskine family but now a National Trust property. We visited the house one morning as paying customers, but were free to roam the grounds at any time.

As well as the house, there was the ruin of the original 14th century Dun Castle (ruin perhaps exaggerates – it was one archway), an old mausoleum, and family graves to explore.

From the highest point in the grounds we had views over Montrose Basin.

And on the other side of the road was the church, no longer in use and since sold. We saw another church nearby which had been converted to a beautiful house, and I expect the same will happen to this one. As usual, the graveyard tells a sad tale of infant mortality.

This was a lovely place to spend a week. There will be more on the House of Dun, Montrose Basin, and all the other places we visited in future posts.


  1. It looks like you had a lovely time checking out the gardens and the old cemetery. Unfortunately this was the sign of the times regarding infant mortality. My great grandmother had 17 kids and only 4 made it to adulthood


  2. I have visited the places of some of the early settlers here in South Australia and the children buried there are a testamont to the harshness of outback life. Women, I also find, died fairly young.
    That War Memorial is really something very different and interesting. – at the setting of the sun…


  3. You have to love those National Trust homes. I wonder if the disused church became a private home?. A church that Les’s granddad helped build in Devon is now a private home. Even a few here in NZ have been restored and well loved adds character with many stories than perhaps an ordinary house.


  4. Hi Anabel – what a great visit … I love the look of that war memorial – beautiful black marble carving … and oh good I’ll enjoy learning more about Montrose basin … cheers Hilary