A Day in Dundee

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This weekend we took a trip to Dundee. It’s a great little city and it’s only an hour or so from Aberdeen, so great for a last minute adventure if you want to get out of town.

One of my favourite parts of the city are the statues of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx from the Dandy and the Beano, which I’m pretty sure that most young kids were brought up reading.

Both are published by DC Thomson who are based in Dundee and they also produce a couple of annuals called “Oor Wullie” and “The Broons”, both of which probably sound completely new to any readers not based in Scotland. Both annuals are written in Scottish dialect and also integral to any child, young adult, adult growing up in Scotland. I still get both annuals every Christmas. It’s like a tradition.

Recently another statue was unveiled of Oor Wullie, so it was my first time seeing it and as you can see by my extremely grumpy expression I’m loving every minute of it. (That’s just my resting face).

Dundee has some great buildings and I absolutely love the stone that most of the city was built from. Makes a really nice change to the sad cold granite that the entire of Aberdeen was created from.

For lunch, we checked into an eatery called “Avery & Co” based on South Tay St and I cannot recommend this place enough. The food was fantastic, we were seated right away which for a city centre eatery on a Saturday is a complete rarity or usually means that it’s not that great a restaurant.

The food really did taste as good as it looked and the homemade vanilla milkshake was to die for. All very reasonably priced and the staff were extremely accepting of the fact that we were both taking loads of photos of both the interior and the food.

Parking in town also amazed me as it was only £3.50 for us to park in the city centre for about 4/5 hours which is completely unheard of.

Dundee gets an A in my book for a great day out if you’re looking for a change of scenery, shops.

How many of you got the Broons or Oor Wullie annuals?

Also here’s a little challenge to you all, let’s see how good you are at translating the sketched part of the statue on the wall. 

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  • Carmen

    I’ve never visited Dundee nor hear of it until now, but that vanilla milkshake sounds delightful. :]

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  • Maddy

    Such great photos! I’m visiting Scotland for the first time this summer and am debating going to Dundee. Which cities and places would you say are musts to visit? Thanks for sharing! 🙂


    • mm

      Thanks 😀
      I would definitely recommend checking out Edinburgh for history and beauty and Glasgow for shopping and culture. Stirling has a nice bit of history too.

      Aberdeen doesn’t really have too much to offer tourists in all honesty. Dundee is a city I haven’t really explored too much beyond the shopping side of things.

      If you have time then I would definitely recommend heading to places like Wallace Monument and heading up through the highlands for the scenic side of things towards Inverness. Beautiful part of the country up in that direction.

      If you get the chance to, then try and head over to some of the Hebridean islands. They are stunning.

  • Aleksandra

    I have never been to Dundee, but it looks so nice!

  • Random Blogger

    Hey I used to live near here! Really nice to hear the old places etc 🙂 has it still got the big pool?

    • mm

      Hey, small world. Nah the pool is gone now. Was knocked down a few years back and rebuilt over where Borders used to be beside the retail park.

  • Charlene

    I’ve never been to Dundee, the photos were great, and it sounds brilliant too. That burger though!!!!

    • mm

      You should definitely head up and check it out if you’re looking for a wee day trip. It’s a nice change.
      Avery & Co are a must in my eyes after that first visit. Definitely one of the main reasons I will be going back to Dundee soon haha.

  • Colleen

    Great photos! I’m sure your guess it a lot better than mine on that wall…


  • Nikki-ann

    Dundee is about a 6hr train journey from here, but I’d love to visit some day. My last trip up to Scotland was to Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Sterling 🙂

  • Lloyd & Yaya

    We remember Dundee so well, we used to study in St. Andrews and always head across to Dundee! Thanks for bringing back so many nice memories!

    Love this post! 🙂

    Lloyd & Yaya

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