Once home to ‘jute, jam and journalism’, the city on the Tay has reinvented itself as a leader in science, computer gaming, and art.
Board a train for Dundee and you’ll step off in the heart of one of Scotland’s most dynamic cities. Discover its fast-changing waterfront, visit galleries, both old and modern – then take in its buzzing bar, restaurant and live music scene.
Arriving by train is one of the best ways to appreciate Dundee’s estuary setting. Travelling from Edinburgh, you’ll cross Scotland’s two most iconic engineering wonders, the Forth and Tay Bridges. Climb aboard in Glasgow and you can sit back to enjoy some of the finest scenery Stirlingshire and Perthshire have to offer.
Travelling south from Aberdeen? You can enjoy the ever-changing light and landscape of the North Sea coast. Even better, travelling by train lets you take advantage of some brilliant offers when you arrive, including 2 for 1 entry to some of the city’s best attractions.
Getting to and from Dundee by train
- Aberdeen to Dundee – approx 1 hour 15 minutes
- Edinburgh to Dundee – approx 1 hour 20 minutes
- Glasgow to Dundee – approx 1 hour 20 minutes
One to two days in Dundee
Dundee is a compact city, and one that is very easy to explore on foot. Even better, it is officially Scotland’s sunniest city. Two days should be enough for you to explore the city’s historic attractions, experience its bars, clubs and restaurants, and still have time to visit its many quirky galleries and boutiques.
Step off the train and you are ideally placed to visit RRS Discovery, the Dundee-built ship that carried Antarctic explorer Captain Scott and his crew to the South Pole.
Music, history, and culture all play a big part in Dundee life. Take in a show at the Dundee Rep Theatre; step back in time at the Verdant Works jute museum; visit the city’s award-winning Contemporary Arts Centre, or kick back with a beer, a meal and a live band in one of the city’s many music bars. Time your visit right, and you can join in the fun at one of the more than a dozen festivals the city hosts each year, celebrating everything from jazz to science and books.
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Days out from Dundee
Right on Dundee’s doorstep you’ll find the historic former fishing village of Broughty Ferry. With a fine seafront, a 15th century castle, an award winning beach, ‘The Ferry’ provides a perfect day out. There are also plenty of great independent shops and boutiques, and a wide selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs.
Take the train from Dundee to visit historic St Andrews, the ‘home of golf’, and the seat of Scotland’s oldest university. Get off at Leuchars station, in Fife, from where regular shuttle buses run to St Andrews.
While golfers can get in the swing at the British Golf Museum, history fans can explore the ruins of the town’s 11th century cathedral, and younger visitors can play at knights in the town’s medieval castle. With its international population of students and golf fans, the town also boasts a wide array of fine restaurants. Check VisitScotland for more information.
Travel half an hour north of Dundee by train to visit historic Montrose – a near perfect Angus market town. With its fine Georgian terraces, medieval closes and lanes, and broad market square, it’s a great place to explore. Bird spotters can visit Montrose Basin, a tidal nature reserve that is home to a wide variety of migratory and resident birdlife. Fancy a walk? Try the three-mile long beach or – for the more active – the Angus Glens.
Take the train north along the east coast to visit Aberdeen (approx 1 hour 15 minutes). The Granite City, Scotland’s third largest, has a fascinating maritime history and harbour, featuring everything from fishing boats up to the most hi-tech oil rig supply ships. The city also boasts a fine beach, seven parks, great shops and restaurants, and its own special summer visitors, a pod of dolphins who dive and splash by the harbour mouth.
Travelling from Dundee?
Dundee is the gateway to Angus and Aberdeenshire. Adventurous rail travellers can complete a ‘Highland loop’, taking the coastal line north, via Aberdeen, to Inverness. From there, you can travel south, through some of Scotland’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery, back to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Ways to save...
- Spirit of Scotland Travel pass: 1-2 weeks of train, ferry and coach travel covering the whole country
- Rail & Sail: combine train and ferry travel into one ticket for more convenience and better value
- Kids Go Free: travel off-peak and up to two children aged 5-15 can travel free with each adult
- Railcards: see if you could save with a national or regional Railcard