“SUNNY Dunny” clocks up more hours of sunshine than any other Scottish city.
Dundee also has a fantastic foodie scene, quirky boutiques and plenty of indoor attractions including Captain Scott’s ship Discovery and the only V&A museum outside of London.
Head to ‘Sunny Dunny’ – a beautiful historic port cityCredit: Alamy
While exploring, don’t forget to pose for a selfie with the statues of comic characters Desperate Dan from The Dandy and The Beano’s Minnie the Minx. Dundee is where they were created, after all.
Jacob Lewis has your Plan Now, Go Later guide to the historic port city.
YOU can relive one of the most heroic voyages of exploration aboard RRS Discovery, which was built in Dundee and launched 120 years ago.
This award-winning attraction tells the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 to the Antarctic and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913.
Relive one of the most heroic voyages of exploration aboard RRS DiscoveryCredit: Alamy
Visitors can explore life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on board Discovery.
CLIMB to the top of Dundee’s “volcano”. The Law is technically a volcano plug and the city’s highest point.
It was formed by an eruption of molten rock more than 400million years ago.
Climb Dundee’s Law for a spectacular vantage point over the cityCredit: Alamy
At the top is a war memorial with a spectacular vantage over the city, plus views to Fife and Perthshire on a clear day.
BRIGHTENING the unexplored side-streets and alleyways of Dundee is an art project called Open/Close.
The brainchild of local artists, it consists of more than 40 individual murals painted on doors and walls on one of two distinct street art trails.
Hunt down murals in side-streets and alleyways as part of Dundee’s brilliant Open/Close projectCredit: openclosedundee.co.uk
Tours take between one and two hours on a “pay what you think it’s worth” basis.
BUILT like the prow of a vessel in homage to Dundee’s shipyard heritage, V&A Dundee is Scotland’s first dedicated design museum.
It is the only V&A outside London and the waterfront structure, made of 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, has no straight external walls.
Get your cultural fix at the V&A, located by the waterfrontCredit: Alamy
This makes it quite a sight — and that’s before you step inside to explore galleries showcasing Scotland’s creativity and the best of international design.
WHETHER it is artisan coffee, a rainbow bagel, unusual fashion or a nightcap at a quirky bar, Dundee’s Exchange Street is the place to be.
It is all independent shops and boutiques, with plenty of cool bars in the adjacent streets.
Try Bird and Bear for a fun night out after a day of exploring
Try The Wine Press near the waterfront or Bird and Bear for buzzy vibes.
They are both great spots to round off a day of exploring.
STAYING THERE: One night room-only at the Hotel Indigo Dundee is from £38.05pp based on two sharing. See ihg.com/hotelindigo.
GETTING THERE: Birmingham to Dundee by train takes five hours, 45 minutes, or it is six and a half hours from London.
MORE INFO: See visitscotland.com.
TAKE a seven-minute cab ride from the city centre to the south bank of the River Tay for a treat at The Newport.
MasterChef winner Jamie Scott and his team prepare local, seasonal ingredients, sourced and cooked with love and attention.
For a fine dining experience, The Newport is a great choice
Think Ardgay venison parsnip, quince and blood pudding for main, with a lemon and pine doughnut dessert.
It is fine dining with even finer views, especially at sunset.
CHILDREN and big kids alike can take the plunge at Scotland’s biggest aqua park.
Foxlake Dundee offers all the fun of the open water, right in the city centre.
Big kids will definitely want to take a selfie with the statue of Desperate DanCredit: DC Thompson
Tear up and down the length of the City Quay on the back of an inflatable four-person “ringo”, try wakeboarding or turn your hand to stand-up paddleboarding.
THE charming seaside suburb of Broughty Ferry, with its mix of villas on the hillside and humble fishermen’s cottages by the bay, is one of Scotland’s top seaside towns.
Explore the Firth of Tay on a guided kayak tour (outdoorexplore.co.uk) before returning to dry land for some retail therapy in the independent stores.
Venture out onto the River Tay on a guided kayak tour to see a different side to the cityCredit: Alamy
It is known as the “Jewel in Dundee’s Crown”, and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out.
There are top-rated restaurants (Collinsons) cosy cafes (Iced Gems), historic pubs (The Old Anchor Inn) and classic fish and chips (Murray’s).
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