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, the free encyclopediaAngus
in Gaelic) is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, and a lieutenancy area. The council area borders onto Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross and the City of Dundee. Main industries include agriculture and fishing.
Angus was historically a county (known officially by its anglified title of Forfarshire
until 1928) until 1975 when it became a district of the Tayside Region. In 1996 the region was abolished and Angus was established as a unitary authority. The former county had borders with Kincardineshire to the north-east, county of Aberdeenshire to the north and Perthshire to the west. Southwards, it faced Fife across the Firth of Tay.
Areas similar to that of the council area are covered by the Angus Westminster constituency and Angus Holyrood constituency.
The area can be split into three geographic areas. To the north and west, the topography is mountainous. This is the area of the five Angus Glens. The area is sparsely populated and the main industry is hill-farming. In the south and east, the topography consists of rolling hills bordering the sea. The area is fairly well populated with the larger towns and the City of Dundee on the coast. In between these two areas lies Strathmore, the Great Valley
, a fertile agricultural area, noted for potatoes, Angus cattle, and soft fruit.
Towns and villages
- Arbroath -- largest town
- Bridge of Craigisla
- Forfar -- county town and administrative centre
- St Vigeans
Places of interest
- Aberlemno Sculptured Stones (Pictish symbols)
- Angus Folk Museum, Glamis
- Arbroath Abbey, place of signing of the Declaration of Arbroath
- Caledonian Railway (Brechin)
- Carnlochan NNR - National Nature Reserve
- Edzell Castle
- Glamis Castle
- Loch of Kinnordy Nature Reserve
- Montrose Basin Nature Reserve
Council political composition
- Scottish National Party - 17
- Independent - 6
- Liberal Democrat - 3
- Conservative - 2
- Labour - 1
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