With the just-opened Victoria and Albert Museum of Design, there’s a new reason to visit Dundee. This Scottish port city enjoys a location that’s both strategic and scenic, based on the Firth of Tay on the country’s east coast. Explore its maritime history by visiting Dundee’s nautical attractions like the RRS Discovery and HM Frigate Unicorn, and stroll around the revamped waterfront around Discovery Point to see how this city is moving from its past into the future. The golf courses and the University of St Andrews are within easy reach, yet there are plenty of reasons to stay in the city!
One of the greatest pleasures in Dundee is learning more about its maritime history. Get out and visit the RRS Discovery, which was built in a traditional three-mast style. It made it all the way to the Antarctic and back! In addition to shipbuilding and fishing, Dundee has long been a centre for jute production, which you can learn more about at Scotland’s Jute Museum in Verdant Works. Head to the McManus Art Gallery and Museum, housed in a Gothic Revival building and housing a selection of fine art and artefacts, and don’t miss a visit to the brand-new V&A branch along the waterfront.
Dundee’s port is located along the River Tay estuary, a beautiful setting for your arrival into the town. This naturally formed harbour has been used for over 800 years, framed by the hills of Fife in the distance. It’s well-served when it comes to transportation links, so you can get into central Dundee a number of ways. Shuttle buses, public buses and taxis are all available at this friendly port, and it’s only a short drive to the major attractions in the city centre. Within Dundee, you’ll be able to explore the sights on foot, as the city’s quite compact.
The Port of Dundee is operated by Forth Ports. There aren’t any public parking lots available right at the port; but facilities are on hand for approved cruise passengers. To get approved, contact your travel agent or tour operator first and pre-pay for your Car Park Permit. This will be mailed out to you in advance, and you’ll be able to display it in your vehicle’s windscreen for the duration of your cruise. Baggage porters will also be there on the day of the cruise to assist you! Are you getting dropped off at the terminal? A short-term drop-off area is available for cruise passengers.
Apart from its maritime, art and design museums, Dundee offers cultural hubs like the Dundee Repertory Theatre. This theatre company hosts visiting dance, music, and comedy productions as well as its own theatrical shows. If classical music is more suited to your interests, visit Caird Hall to see performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The Dundee Science Centre gives you a hands-on way to learn, with clever exhibitions for a variety of age ranges! Learn more about the earth, outer space, or even the human body in this sensory-based
exhibition space. When you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, stop off at Fisher and Donaldson. This family-owned bakery boasts several outlets in and around Dundee, and although you’ll find plenty to tempt you the star of the show is their fudge donut. It’s made with fluffy dough, sweet custard and a topping of creamy fudge icing. Afterwards, work off that fudge with a hike to the top of Dundee Law. Get out of town on a short journey up the coast to St Andrews, famous for its University of St Andrews, storied Royal and Ancient Golf Club, and bevy of beaches. Stroll along these hallowed streets to soak in the historic atmosphere.