A hamlet in an Angus parish of the same name, Arbirlot lies on the Elliot Water, 2 miles (3 km) west of Arbroath. Occupied by handloom weavers and farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries, Arbirlot once had a meal mill, slaughterhouse and two schools. A nature trail by the Elliot Water links Arbirlot with the former railway junction of Elliot on the Angus Coast. Kelly Castle, which overlooks the Elliot Water, comprises a four-storey tower of the 16th Century set within a 19th-century courtyard. It was a stronghold of the Mowbray family until forfeited to the Stewarts in the early 14th century and was restored by the Earl of Dalhousie in the 19th century

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