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Westmuir village sits about 2 miles from the centre of Kirriemuir and is surrounded by farmland and woodland. In the days gone by the land was used extensively for growing soft fruit, mainly raspberries. There were at least 8 small privately owned holdings where the fruit was produced in the village and a large farm managed by Smedleys at herdhill. The farmland is now used mainly for cereal crops, potatoes and oilseed rape.

The village first started to develop when land was given as smallholdings to soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars. Over time the fortunes of Westmuir have become closely related to the nearby community of Kirriemuir where in the more recent past, employment was found in the textile industry there. The population of westmuir is around 500 and has grown in number over the last thirty years, as has the whole of the Kirriemuir area.

Oil Seed RapeRaspberries Barley Crop
The main sources of employment for local residents nowadays are in Office Work, Education and the Health Services. Trades and Construction, Agriculture, Transport and Retail Sectors also provide a signficant number of jobs for local people. Residents' 'travel-to-work' patterns show that the main locations for work are in Kirriemuir, Forfar and Dundee. There are a few jobs in Westmuir itself - Agriculture, Horticulture, Retail and Self-employment of various kinds.
Combine Harvester
The most recent historical development was the formation of a Community Development Group of which all villagers can become members. This new initiative has resulted in the creation of a Community Woodland and recreational area in a previously unused area beside Westmuir. This aims to provide a designated safe play area for children and to foster an interest in, and care of, wildlife in the local environment.

Today most services and facilities are located in Kirriemuir, however the village has a vibrant Shop / Post Office and an active Village Hall Association as well as a number of local groups such as:

Tot's Time, Women's Rural, Tai Chi, Dru Yoga .