Brechin is one of just two towns along the River South Esk. The river played a major part in the town’s development: in the mid-1800s, a paper mill, two flax mills, five linen factories, two bleachfields, two distilleries, two sawmills and a brewery all relied on water from the South Esk.
Those industries have gone, but the river is still flowing. It’s a rich habitat for wildlife in the town, with trees by the water offering a home for bats. Inch Park stretches along the bank and is a popular place to walk and relax. There’s a playpark for children and a paddling pool open in summer.