Updated September 2018
The past few years have seen the city of Dundee on Scotland's east coast have a bit of a renaissance, so much so that's it has recently been named one of the top 5 hottest cities in the world! The city has a real buzz at the moment and with the massive redesign of the waterfront and the completion of the long awaited V+A Museum this city is thriving, exciting and inspiring. There is so much things to do in Dundee with kids, especially as it's a city known for it's talented video game creators and comic book designers, which lead to Dundee being named as a UNESCO City of Design.
1. Dundee Science Centre
Where else could you shoot out a nose like a bogey, move a ping pong ball with your mind or turn yourself into a gorilla? This place is packed with experiments you can try out in a fun exciting way so the kids are still learning but they don’t quite realise it. We learned about morse code, the solar system, dinosaurs, played games with robots, sat on a hover craft and tried out some optical illusions.
Children 0-3 Free
Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB
2. Camperdown Wildlife Park
This park in Dundee has been around for as long as I can remember and I have fond memories of playing here as a child so I was excitied to be returning with mine. Lemurs, bears, otters and meerkats are amongst the animals here and there is also wolves, tortoises, peacocks, goats and a whole load more. You could easily stay here for the full day if you explore the park just outside. A slow paced, spread out kind of place you can stop for picnic, or just sit for a bit and not feel rushed or hurried.
Childen 0-3 Free
Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF
When I got the opportunity to visit Taste Angus, a Scottish food festival held in the stunning Glamis Castle, my tastebuds were already tingling. I love nothing better than discovering a new region by sampling the local food and drink. Angus, in the east of Scotland, with the country's first UNESCO City of design, Dundee, at its foot and Aberdeenshire to its north is best known, food wise, for its hugely popular Arbroath Smokie and its world renowned Aberdeen Angus. I was about to discover a whole host of exciting and passionate food and drink businesses to rival those big names though and I couldn’t wait.
It's not a region I have spent a lot of time in. I've previously explored the coast, swam in the open air pool in Stonehaven and visited the beaches of Broughty Ferry, Montrose and Carnoustie but I had yet to venture inland. What I found when I did was rolling hills, glens and the cutest little villages I've seen for a long time.
Angus is known as the birthplace of Scotland. It was in 1320 when the Declaration of Arbroath was signed at Abroath Abbey, declaring Scotland as an independent nation. If you are visiting make sure to hunt out the many Pictish stones, particularly the ones found in Kirriemuir, Aberlemno, St Vigeans and Monifieth. While you are there sample some food too...
We were based for the weekend at Glenesk Hotel in the Georgian town of Edzell. The Victorian period hotel is a credit to the owners, with knowledgable and helpful staff who did everything possible to make sure we had a fantastic stay. The hotel was also the perfect start to our foodie weekend, thanks to a truly astounding collection of whisky. Over 1000 bottles lined the walls of the traditional whisky room. A bottle from every Distillery in Scotland, and plenty more. Over 200 gins, 70 rums and 70 vodkas complete the collection.
The room I stayed in was lovely, big and airy with the comfiest bed I’ve slept in for ages! Decorated traditionally in terms of the walls and carpet it was in perfect keeping with the rest of the hotel. There was a lovely little tray of goodies with Cadbury’s hot chocolate , tea, coffee and biscuits and the bathroom was ideal (especially the shower - heaven!).
Oh and if you need any more persuading to stay here there is also a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hot tub and games room.
Read more about the stunning food on offer here below.
I spent the weekend with fellow bloggers Claire from Foodie Quine and Lynsey from Girl Versus Food and loved spending time with people who love Scottish food festivals as much as me.
I’m letting you into my secret here, this hotel is where I sneak away to when I want to destress and relax. The Apex City Quay Hotel is perfectly situated to give you beautiful views when you open your eyes in the morning, sitting on the waterfront of the River Tay, with views of the Quayside to the east and the Tay Bridge to the west meaning you can watch the sun set and rise from your floor length windows without even having to leave your bed.
The rooms have everything you need and a bit more. The beds are unbelievably comfy, the large flat screen Tv’s on the wall have plenty of channels to watch and a good selection of Twinnings tea, Galaxy hot chocolate and Border biscuits ensure you don’t even have to leave the room. The rooms are uncluttered and simple.