The stunning backdrop of the Sidlaw hills was shaped 375 million years ago. It was carved by glaciers and, as the ice retreated through glacial melt water and erosion; several smaller channels were scored on the hills. In the flatlands below, the Tealing sits at 350 feet above sea level, reaching 1492 feet at the summit of Craigowl.
The area of Angus known as Tealing today is bounded by Inverarity and Glamis to the north, the Murroes to the east, Auchterhouse to the west and Strathmartine and Dundee to the south and covers an area of approximately 15 square miles. It's a fertile place where several small streams, the largest of which is the Fithie, provide natural drainage and moisture for the crops.
It's hard to say when people first started living in the Tealing area. We know that there were settlers on the banks of the Tay as long ago as 4000 BC in the Neolithic age, but their lives were hard and, as mere survival presented a problem, they left very few relics. In Angus, there is also some evidence of Neolithic and early Bronze Age burials.