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Forfar (/ˈfɔːrfər/ ; Scots: Farfar,[2] Scottish Gaelic: Baile Fharfair) is the county town of Angus, Scotland and the administrative centre for Angus Council, with a new multi-million pound office complex located on the outskirts of the town. As of 2021, the town has a population of 16,280.

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County town and administrative centre
View of Forfar and countryside north of Forfar
Forfar is located in Angus
Location within Angus
Population14,120 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNO455505
 Edinburgh49 mi (79 km)
 London372 mi (599 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFORFAR
Postcode districtDD8
Dialling code01307
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56.64423°N 2.88842°W / 56.64423; -2.88842

The town lies in Strathmore and is situated just off the main A90 road between Perth and Aberdeen, with Dundee (the nearest city) being 13 miles (21 km) away. It is approximately 5 miles (8 km) from Glamis Castle, seat of the Bowes-Lyon family and ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and where the late Princess Margaret, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was born in 1930.

Forfar dates back to the temporary Roman occupation of the area, and was subsequently held by the Picts and the Kingdom of Scotland. During the Scottish Wars of Independence, Forfar was occupied by English forces before being recaptured by the Scots and presented to Robert the Bruce. Forfar has been both a traditional market town and a major manufacturing centre for linen and jute. Today the main activities are agriculture and tourism around scenic Strathmore. The local glens are visited by hill-walkers, and there are ski-slopes in the mountains. The town is home to a number of local sporting teams, including the League Two football club, Forfar Athletic.

The Forfar bridie, a Scottish meat pastry snack, is traditionally identified with the town.