Monday, 20 November 2017

Five Reasons To Visit Dundee Scotland

Are you thinking of visiting Scotland for a long weekend? Or perhaps you've been to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and you're looking for another location for a holiday in Scotland. If so, have you thought about paying a visit to Dundee?

Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland, and there's plenty to see and do while you are there. Here are just five of the many reasons to visit Dundee:

It's easy to travel to Dundee



Dundee is about an hour away from Glasgow by rail, and there are trains every hour from Glasgow's Queen Street Station. Glasgow airport is served by flights from many UK airports, making Dundee a really easy destination to get to.

Once you get there, you'll find plenty of hotels to suit every budget, including brands such as DoubleTree by Hilton, Malmaison, and Apex.

History around every corner




There is history literally around every corner when you visit Dundee. Take a walk through the city centre, and you'll come across a plaque marking the site of Dundee Castle, an important location in the story of William Wallace and Scottish history.

Near the train station, you'll find the Discovery Centre. There, you can go aboard the RSS Discovery which took Captain Scott and his crew on their expedition to the Antarctic. Or go further back in maritime history when you visit the 19th Century warship HM Frigate Unicorn in the City Quay. Dundee has plenty of other museums to keep you occupied, such as the McManus art gallery and museum and the Verdant Works. And Scotland's first design museum, the V&A Museum, will be opening in Dundee in 2018.

A touch of childhood nostalgia



Dundee is the home of The Beano and The Dandy comics, both of which were published by local publishers DC Thomson. While you're walking around the city centre, keep an eye out for Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx. You may also spot a sign for Bash Street, in honour of the Bash Street Kids.


The View from the Dundee Law



During your visit to Dundee, don't forget to take a walk up to the Dundee Law, an extinct volcano which overlooks the city.

It's around a mile from the city centre and is quite steep if you walk straight up it. For a gentler but longer walk, there is an alternative pathway which takes you around the hill. When you make it up to the top of the Law, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view. Look out over the city below you, the Firth of the River Tay, and the countryside beyond.


Fantastic Scottish Food



After all that walking, you'll definitely deserve to treat yourself to some of Dundee's fine food. Scottish beef is famously excellent, and you can enjoy a wonderful Angus steak while you are visiting Dundee. You'll find everything from fine dining at Collinson's, to fish and chips at Murray's in Broughty Ferry.

And if you feel like indulging in a sweet treat, then head to The Parlour for coffee and a slice of chocolate cake!

And there's so much more to explore while you're visiting Dundee. It's a great location for a long weekend or a perfect stop on a longer visit to Scotland.

* Guest post by Sally Akins. Sally writes at SallyAkins.com, a travel, food and lifestyle blog for the over-40s.
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18 comments

  1. I've never been to Scotland and wouldn't mind visiting. I'd definitely consider Dundee.

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    1. It's a really great city to visit - I can't wait to go back and explore more of the city!

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  2. I didn't know that beano and dandy came from Dundee, that's pretty cool x

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    1. and virtually every other British comic you can think of, such as the Jackie, Bunty, Victor, Hotspur, Sparky, Topper, Buster, Roy of the Rovers etc.

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    2. also the Bunty, Topper, Victor, Hotspur, Sparky, Buster, Jinty, Jackie, Commando, Roy of the Rovers, Warlord etc.

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    3. Thanks Ken, you learn something new every day!

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  3. I have never been to Scotland before but it is definitely on my list - I'd like to visit all parts of the UK!

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  4. I live in Scotland but I haven't had the chance to go to Dundee yet. It sounds like a great place to visit.

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it, and the new V&A museum sounds like it's going to be great!

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  5. I would love to go to Dundee and explore the discovery centre. Scotland is so beautiful and it’s a country I would love to visit more of x

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  6. I love Dundee. I spent 5 happy years at St Andrews and was aways popping over for a shopping fix.

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    1. I nearly went to St Andrews myself, and after visiting Dundee, I kind of wish I had!

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  7. I've never been to Dundee before but it looks lovely! And with more history than I thought! x

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    1. I was quite surprised to find out how much history it has when I was planning my visit!

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  8. I haven't been to Scotland in years it's such a wonderful area that often gets forgotten about in terms of visiting. Dundee looks wonderful x

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  9. Ive only ever been to Perth which including a 2 hour wait in Edinburgh, I have been no further but there are places I want to go to x

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