A guide to Dundee

A guide to Dundee

A Guide to Dundee

Desperate Dan takes a stroll


 There are likely to be more popular city break destinations in the the UK and Europe, but Dundee is a great choice. If you can put aside the busy roads, this city has a lot to offer visitors from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Dundee is closer to the sea than any other Scottish city; it sits on the north shore of the Firth of the Tay and also boasts a number of attractions. Whether you want to explore the local history or enjoy the vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone.

Things to do

Whilst you might be used to seeing statues in major cities, such as Nelson’s Column in London or Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh, Dundee’s City Square is home to Desperate Dan – as in The Dandy and The Beano.

After passing Desperate Dan in the heart of the city, you can walk up to riverside along the Tay Rail Bridge and spot seals down on the sandbanks or head up to the top of The Law. There’s a whole lot more to this Scottish city than spectacular views though; it some how seems more authentic and cultural than it’s famous cousins – Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Visit the McManus Art Gallery and Museum, which houses a number of special exhibitions and rare collections. There are eight galleries to choose from, as well as taking in the magnificent building itself.  Once you’ve finished up there, how about soaking up the history at Broughty Castle?

For a glimpse past the city boundaries, go to Mills Observatory, the only full-time public observatory in the country. You can see the stars and planets through the telescope, as well as watching astronomical displays and planetarium shows.

In a couple of years the V&A will be the city’s centrepiece, which will showcase the very best of Scottish design.

Where to stay

Being such a small city there are plenty of places to stay, but they’ll often be booked up in advance. The best way to explore Dundee and the surrounding area is to hire a campervan as you’ll be able to park up and spend the rest of the day

If you like the idea of wild camping, park the van and head to the peaks of Dreish and Mayar for somewhere to pitch a tent – you’ll bag a couple of Munros whilst you’re at it. You could also choose to camp on the cliffs or beach. Remember to read up on the Outdoor Access Code beforehand though.

Some prefer the structure of a campsite; if so, there are a couple of good ones nearby: