Guests often ask if Dundee and Perth are worth a visit, and the answer is a resounding yes!

Dundee is compact, dynamic and thriving. Situated on the Tay estuary it’s a small but mighty city that packs a punch with superb activities and unique experiences for visitors. The charming waterfront benefited from a major regeneration, and is now home to the world famous Antarctic research vessel RRS Discovery and 19th-century warship, HM Frigate Unicorn.

RRS Discovery was built in Dundee and sailed by Captain Scott and his heroic team to Antarctica in 1901. Jump on board to discover the fascinating story of the ship’s beginnings and her amazing Antarctic expedition and voyages thereafter. A visit to HMS Unicorn will take you back in time. This wooden frigate is a rare survivor and tells the captivating story of her
navy sails. She’s one of the six oldest ships in the world.

Verdant Works is a five star visitor attraction that celebrates Dundee’s industrial textile heritage. The beautifully refurbished Mill dates back to 1833 and tells the curious story of why jute and Dundee are inseparable. Don’t forget to pick up a delicious piece of Dundee cake.

The V&A is Scotland’s first dedicated design museum and the only other outside of London. The building’s design stretches out into the River Tay, reconnecting the city with its historic riverside. Quite spectacular.

Retail therapy is a must at the Overgate. With its unique curved glass wall it is the only single sided mall in Europe and home to many high street stores. Kids young and old enjoy Dundee Science Centre with over 60 hands-on fun exhibits including shows and workshops. Thrill seekers will get their fill at Wild Shore Dundee with wakeboarding, paddle boarding and ringo rides. For those who prefer to stay dry the Green Circular Route is ideal for walking or cycling around the city.

Once upon a time, Perth was the capital of Scotland, the playground of kings and queens. Home to the 3rd Battalion Black Watch Castle and Museum, explore the Highland Regiments colourful history brought to life through interactive displays, artefacts and personal stories.

Art lovers are in for a treat with the River Tay Public Art Trail. Follow the artistic, natural and historical journey of the city with thought-provoking sculptures placed in amongst glorious gardens and riverside flowerbeds. Staying on the horticultural theme Perth has the highest hedge in the world, a whopping 30 metres high and 530 metres long. The Meikleour Beech Hedge is thought to have been planted by covenanters of the Jacobite Rebellion. Very instagramable!

Bonnie Prince Charlie did frequent the city’s Salutation Hotel, considered Scotland’s oldest hotel welcoming guests since 1699. Drop in for a whisky or two.

Expect a warm welcome at Scone Palace, the ‘Crowning Place of Scottish Kings’. A landmark deeply embedded in Scotland’s history. The expansive gardens are a delight for the senses, the Murray Star Maze and Adventure Playground are sure to keep the kids entertained too.

With such a great variety of options, you best get planning!