Within 25 miles of Dundee there are numerous places where you can hike for miles with your four-legged friend. There are also a wide range of activities and dog friendly days out in Dundee so you never get bored.
Loch Leven is a huge expanse of water perfect for kayaking, fishing and watching the birds.
Monikie Country park is another area of beauty where you can enjoy the the stunning landscape and great outdoors with your pooch.
There are lots of fun-filled activities and here are 7 top rated dog friendly attractions in Dundee that you can’t afford to miss:
Activities & Things to Do
Find below 7 of the best days out in Dundee for dogs
1. Enjoy The People’s Park
Baxter Park in the centre of Dundee was donated to the people of the city in 1863. It offers 38 acres of spacious lawns, tended gardens and wooded areas. It’s popular with dog walkers, joggers and children all year round and has a friendly café in the sandstone pavilion that was lovingly restored in 1995. When there are doggy water bowls on offer you know that your four-legged friend is welcome here.
2. Discover The Tay Estuary
The Riverside Nature Reserve on the banks of the Tay has special protection as it’s home to internationally important birds that rest here at times. Ideal for bird watching, it’s a place where you can spot skylarks, lapwings and roosting geese. The hide offers an opportunity to watch and photograph these beautiful birds too. With mud and sand habitats, it’s an area where wildlife and plants flourish. Dogs are welcome as long as they don’t disturb the birds and animals.
3. Count The Statues In Dundee
Guide yourself and your pooch around the city counting the statues as you go. Some of them will especially appeal to little ones as they feature cartoon characters and animals. Look out for Desperate Dan and Mini The Minx from the Beano and a line of penguins balancing on a wall. There’s a fearsome dragon in another spot and ‘Oor Wullie’ from a Scottish cartoon who wears a cheeky smile. Along with a statue of Burns, Adam Duncan and Queen Victoria, you can spend a pleasant afternoon outdoors making sure you have seen every last one.
4. Tuck Into A Pub Lunch
Opulent and sprawling, Culzean Castle is a sight not to miss if you’re in southern Scotland. Built in the 18th century on the edge of the Ayrshire cliffs, this magnificent home was designed as a display of wealth. An oval staircase, turrets, a collection of flintlock pistols and large kitchen can be seen inside. Outside there are 250 hectares of grounds, a swan pond, glasshouses, formal gardens and a cave-backed beach to explore. Doggies are welcome in all the outside areas, except the children’s playground, so you can all visit this stunning castle together.
5. Learn The History Of The Declaration Of Arbroath
A letter was sent to the Pope in 1320 declaring Scotland’s separation from England, and it originated in Arbroath Abbey. There is much left to see at the Abbey – the large circular window, Gothic arches, turrets and pillars, this site captures the imagination. Walk the grounds together with your doggy and soak up the centuries of history. The Abbey is open all year, with reduced daily hours in the winter months.
6. Follow The Woodland Trail Around Crombie Country Park
A 4km path meanders through the woods at Crombie Country Park where red squirrels and wild roe deer roam. Statues carved from wood are there for you discover as you ramble. When you reach the water’s edge, look out for swans and ducks too. Picnic areas and BBQs are available so take along your lunch and make a day of it. There’s a visitors centre where you can grab a hot drink – they have thought of everything here.
7. Hike Through Lomond Hills National Park
For serious hikers, Lomond Hills is the place to head with your dog. There are trails of varying lengths to follow and peaks to climb that present a real challenge. Start at the village of Falkland and choose a route that will take 2 to 3 hours. If you want to take things a little easier, you can stroll in the lowlands and look up at the hills that are often capped with snow.
Looking for Somewhere To Stay?
If you plan a trip or a little mini-break in Dundee with dogs, then we have put together some of our best places to stay.