6 Cool Day Trips from Dundee

Dundee is one of Scotland’s most culturally rich and versatile cities - and the sunniest! It sits between central and north-east Scotland, so it's easy to explore beyond Dundee on a day trip by public transport or by car hire. Explore local towns and villages, discover ancient castles and estates, and enjoy a day out at the sunny seaside.

  1. Forfar Forfar

    Glamis Castle, Dundee & Angus

    Travel: Dundee to Forfar

    • Via bus – 35 minutes
    • Via car – 25 minutes

    Head north from Dundee to the town of Forfar where you’ll find Glamis Castle, a majestic grand castle and gardens set amongst towering trees and lush greenery. This historic attraction has been significant throughout time and is said to have inspired one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Macbeth. You can also learn more about the long-standing connections to the Royal Family.

    Spend a day at the award-winning Newton Farm Holidays where you can enjoy a tour to see all the friendly faces, such as Highland cows and goats, pick a farm experience or two, such as the Feeding Frenzy or Little Lambers, or how about taking your own alpaca for a walk? There’s plenty to get involved in here, and if you’re looking for that extra farm experience, why not stay a little longer in 4-star farm cottage or B&B onsite?

  2. St Andrews Fife

    East Beach in St Andrews

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Travel: Dundee to St Andrews

    • Via bus – 30 minutes
    • Via car – 30 minutes

    Travel to St Andrews where you can test your skills on the water with Blown Away at West Sands Beach. With thrilling watersports on offer such as landyachting, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and more, the whole family can enjoy a day out on the water.

    If you’re looking for a tranquil and peaceful escape from the city, head to St Andrews Botanic Gardens. This living research and conservation project is hard at work to restore a variety of ecology. There’s over 18-acres to explore here, including a rock garden, a rhododendron globe, a pond, a pinetum, the Tangled Bank and more. Elsewhere, why not visit the St Andrews Aquarium to get up close with an array of wildlife, such as penguins, marmosets, pythons, seals tarantulas, amphibians, and more.

  3. Broughty Ferry Dundee & Angus

    Broughty Castle Museum, near Dundee

    Travel: Dundee to Broughty Ferry

    • Via bus – 20 minutes
    • Via car – 10 minutes

    Just a stone’s throw away from Dundee you’ll find Broughty Ferry. This little coastal town is home to Broughty Castle Museum, a fascinating 15th century fort overlooking Broughty Ferry Beach. The castle is home to a detailed museum that looks into the people, life and history of the area. Afterwards, head for a stroll along Broughty Ferry Beach with views that span for miles across the River Tay to Tayport and beyond.

    After all that exploring you are bound to have worked up an appetite. Head to Forgan’s for delicious local Scottish produce served up in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

  4. Arbroath Arbroath

    The Signal Tower Museum and Lighthouse, Arbroath

    Travel: Dundee to Arbroath

    • Via train – 25 minutes
    • Via car – 30 minutes

    Journey west from Dundee to Arbroath where you can delve into a wealth of history and heritage. Arbroath Abbey is a sizeable Tironesian monastery that has been significant throughout history, particularly in 1320 when the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, asserting Scotland’s independence from England. Today you can wander through the ruins and explore the visitor centre, exhibition and shop to learn more.  Located next to Arbroath’s picturesque harbour you can find the Signal Tower Museum, which tells the story of the local fisherman, fishing trade in the area and of the lighthouse itself.

    Elsewhere, you can explore Arbroath’s cliffs and beaches which offer spectacular views and scenery to admire. Venture along the Arbroath Cliff Trail to see a number of intricate rock formations, or relax on Arbroath Beach whilst the kids build sandcastles.

  5. Crail and Anstruther East Neuk of Fife

    Crail Harbour, East Neuk of Fife

    Travel: Dundee to Crail and Anstruther

    • Via bus – 1hr (+15 minutes to Anstruther)
    • Via car – 45 minutes (+10 minutes to Anstruther)

    Venture south to the Kingdom of Fife where the coastal towns of Crail and Anstruther await. These quaint fishing villages are full of character and delicious locally-sourced food with a real history to uncover. In Crail, explore the harbour and stop by Crail Fish Bar for traditional fish & chips, play a round of golf at Balcomie Links, or spend a few hours by the sea at Crail Beach. If you’re looking to explore the area more on foot or would like to get out for a wander, the Fife Coastal Path passes through Crail and Anstruther and encompasses stunning coastal locations and attractions to explore.

    Extend your day trip a little further by venturing on to Anstruther. Here you can enjoy fresh local delicacies from the Anstruther Fish Bar, head out on a boat trip to the Isle of May where there are hundreds of nesting seabirds to spot, and pay a visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum where you can learn all about the fisherman and fishing trade of the area.

  6. Perthshire Perthshire

    Kenmore

    Travel: Dundee to Dunkeld

    • Via train – 1hr
    • Via car – 55 minutes

    Take a trip back in time to the Scottish Crannog Centre on the banks of Loch Tay, which recently reopened its doors after suffering a tragic fire back in 2021. Now once again open to the public, you can see for yourself the magnificent Iron Age dwelling replicas, alongside exciting events that celebrate ancient Scottish traditions and culture.

    Elsewhere in Perthshire you are spoilt with stunning, dense woodlands and forests everywhere you turn, with endless paths and trails to explore if you’re looking to get out for a wander. In Autumn, make sure you grab tickets for the immersive Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry that sees the trails of Faskally Forest come to life with sounds and colour. Get outdoors with thrilling adventure activities, such as bungee jumping on the River Garry, and watersports such as gorge walking and canyoning with Nae Limits. The opportunities are endless in the ‘Big Tree Country’.

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