Seeking A Day Without Rain
Our last weeks in Scotland were characterized by near-freezing temperatures and rain, which often became ice on the sidewalks. We traveled on foot wherever we went, and our enjoyment of walking deteriorated as our tolerance for long hours in the cold and wet diminished.
In our final week, we felt that we needed to pack in a little more local travel and sightseeing, but the weather was prohibitive - as were the late sunrise, early sunset, and limited train schedule as Scotland prepared to celebrate Hogmanay (New Year's Eve). On our last Saturday evening, we sat down with a map, BBC Weather (online), and the Scotrail train schedule (online), and tried to plan a trip. Every reasonable destination for a day trip had significant rain predicted for Sunday: Dunkeld, Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, and St. Andrews (and Perth would be rainy too). I followed the train routes on the map and looked for smaller towns, hoping for a clear forecast and a reasonable train schedule. One destination fit the requirements - Arbroath.