EXPLORE THE SURROUNDS
Piperdam is a Scottish resort, nestled in the heart of breathtaking natural beuaty.
Explore the rich tapestry of local attractions that await you during your stay. From hiking the rugged Highlands and discovering historic castles to savouring the finest Scotch whiskies, there’s an array of activities to make your Scottish adventure truly unforgettable.
Experience the V&A
The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.
And on 15 September this year, they welcomed visitors to the museum for the first time.
But what is here worth seeing?
First up: exhibitions. The Scottish Design Galleries will be the heart of the new museum and will explore Scotland’s design landscape, past, present and future. 300 amazing objects across a range of disciplines will explore the everyday relevance of design, as well as the processes which underpin it.
The V&A kicks off its ambitious international programme of touring exhibitions, showcasing the very best of design from around the world, with Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. The first major V&A show exhibited in Scotland, it re-imagines the golden age of ocean travel. You will be able to experience what it would have been like to step on-board one of these great ‘floating palaces’ of the past.
The Michelin Design Gallery will showcase contemporary design talent through fast-changing installations by emerging designers and creative projects developed through our programme. The first of these will be a Scottish Design Relay exhibition, presenting design prototypes created by young people in communities across Scotland from Orkney to Govan during our pre-opening national project.
The temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries will be complemented by exciting new commissions and installations, supporting and showcasing emerging creative talent. A new work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips will welcome visitors as they reach the upper floor of the museum. A response to the V&A’s remarkable collections of Scottish design, Ciara’s site-specific installation will draw on research into textile histories and Scottish ceramic production.
Alongside all of this, a visit to V&A Dundee could also include dropping into the dynamic learning spaces, designed to accommodate visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn from and participate in design creativity; a design residency studio where designers will share work-in-progress with visitors; a multi-purpose auditorium for conferences, design jams and community events; a café and shop; and a restaurant with spectacular views from its open terrace over RRS Discovery and the River Tay.
Tickets: Free admission (A paid ticket is needed for certain events, activities and temporary exhibitions.
Seven Days a Week: 10am-5pm
Visit the V&A website for more information.
Discovery Point is a world class visitor attraction which centres round Captain Scott of the Antarctic’s Dundee built ship RRS Discovery.
Climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken and a great day out for all the family.
Tickets: Adult (£11.25) Child (£6.25) Concession (£8.75) Family (£30*)
* Family tickets are for 2 adults & 2 children
Summer Hours (Apr – Oct): Mon-Sat – 10am-6pm (Sun 11am)
Winter Hours (Nov – Mar): Mon-Sat – 10am – 5pm (Sun 11am)
Visit the RRS Discovery website for more information
Glamis Castle is a living, breathing monument to Scottish heritage, hospitality and enjoyment for all.
The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.
As soon as you enter the Queen Mother Gates at Glamis and see the Castle’s turrets and towers nestled at the end of the mile-long drive, you can’t fail to be impressed by its majesty.
Steeped in history, Glamis Castle has evolved over the years to create a stunning architectural treasure that is full of vitality to this day.
Tickets: Adult (£12.50) Child (£9) Concession (£10.50) Family (£40*)
* Family tickets are for 2 adults & up to 3 children
Summer Hours: 10am-5:30pm (Last tour 4:30pm)
Winter Hours (1st Nov – 19th Dec): 10:30am – 4pm (Last tour 3pm)
Visit Glamis Castle website for more information
Dundee Science Centre
Experience the Magic of the Dundee Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre is a unique 4-star attraction devoted to the five senses. Enjoy exciting hands-on science exhibitions, shows and demonstrations for the whole family.
From crawling through a giant nose to challenging the robots of Roborealm, the centre will provide hours of fun and stimulation. Live science shows, workshops and talks take place regularly covering a spectrum of topics such as creepy crawlies, forensics and the environment.
Tickets: Adult (£8.25) Child (£6.25) Concession (£7.25)
Various additional ticket types also available. See website for details.
7 Days a Week: 10am-5pm
We recommend you allow 2-3 hours to enjoy your visit.
Visit the Dundee Science Centre website for more information
Dundee (Home of The Beano & Dandy)
One City, Many Discoveries!
Situated on the River Tay, the city of Dundee is synonymous with many iconic brands and industries. From the world-famous Dundee Marmalade that you spread on your breakfast toast, and the classic comic books every British kid grew up with, to ground-breaking life-sciences research, and many of the world’s most popular computer games, we have Dundee to thank for all these – and more.
The city’s relatively small size is one of its strengths; people know each other, so networking is easy. The people you work and do business with are the same people you meet in the city’s busy pubs, clubs and restaurants. Dundee also boasts the highest number of students per head of population of any city in Scotland. This means that there is a constant stream of graduates looking to make their mark in the city, to reinvent and reshape it for tomorrow.
Visit Dundee’s dedicated website for a full breakdown of exciting things to see, play and taste!
The “Fair City” of Perth
Scotland’s ancient capital for five centuries, the ‘Fair City’ of Perth is now the country’s newest city. Bustling, compact and beautifully situated on the banks of the River Tay, Perth is a sparkling cosmopolitan gem that keeps on giving visit after visit.
Nestled between two sprawling public parks, the elegant Georgian townhouses, cobbled streets and medieval spires of Perth hark back to its long and prosperous past.
Located just a couple of miles from Scone Palace, the former home of the Stone of Destiny, Perth boasts plenty of ancient monuments of its own, as well as an array of outstanding art galleries and museums.
Perth’s shopping rivals that of many of its larger fellow cities. With bustling weekend markets and stylish shopping centres, the city and its surrounding area offers several unique shopping experiences. Peruse hip independent boutiques and pick up some bargains from all your favourite high street names.
Visit Perth’s dedicated website for a full breakdown of exciting things to see, play and taste!
The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings
Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned.
Scone breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. It is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings on the stone of Scone. See where the Stone of Scone, known as the Stone of Destiny, once stood. It now resides in Edinburgh Castle.
You can wander down the Long Galley where King Charles II strode to his coronation in 1661. During the Jacobite rebellions, the ‘Old Pretender’ spent three weeks at Scone while his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visited in 1745.
Tickets Palace Only: Adult (£7.50) Child (£5.50) Concession (£6.50) Family (£25)
Tickets Palace & Grounds: Adult (£12) Child (£8.50) Concession (£10.50) Family (£40)
October: 10am – 4pm
May-Sept: 9:30am – 5pm
*Opening hours may vary.
Visit Scone Palace website for more information.
Camperdown Wildlife Centre
Discover the wonderful world of animals at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee. Highlights include European Brown Bears, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Meerkats, Hyacinth Macaws and much more!
Camperdown Wildlife Centre is loved by visitors of all ages. You don’t need to be young to have a great day out here – just young at heart!
Located within the beautiful Camperdown Country Park, the Centre is home to over 50 species of animals, birds and reptiles, many of which are threatened or endangered in the wild. Highlights include Wolves, Snowy Owls, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Hyacinth Macaws, Meerkats and European Brown Bears.
Tickets:Adult (£5.50) Child (£4.40) Concession (£4.40) Family (£18.70*)
Family ticket includes 2 adults & up to 3 children”
Mar-Sept: 10am-4:30pm (last admission 3:45pm)
Oct-Feb: 10am-3:30pm (last admission 2:45pm)
Visit Camperdown Wildlife Centre website for more information.
BROUGHTY FERRY BEACH & CASTLE
Just 4 miles to the east of Dundee city centre lies the famous seaside town of Broughty Ferry – known as “The Jewel in Dundee’s Crown”.
Bustling with personality and charm, Broughty Ferry offers a perfect mix of history, hospitality, shopping and leisure to suit all the family.
Since Victorian times, Broughty Ferry has been one of Scotland’s most popular waterfront destinations, renowned for its fine seafront esplanade and award-winning golden sands. With a charming town centre full of colourful independent stores, boutiques and gift shops, and a great range of stylish eateries, Broughty Ferry is the perfect location for a lively day trip or long stay vacation.
Famed for its array of traditional taverns and stylish contemporary wine bars, and home to several of Dundee’s top ten restaurants, Broughty Ferry’s hospitality is second to none!
Every July the town is host to the Broughty Ferry Gala Week – a festival of family fun and events held to celebrate the start of the holiday season and take advantage of the town’s salubrious waterfront setting.
Broughty Ferry is also the perfect base from which to enjoy some of the finest golf courses, fishing or sightseeing to be found anywhere in Scotland, within a stone’s throw of Carnoustie and St. Andrews.
Visit Broughty Ferry’s own website to discover everything about this charming jewel to neighbouring Dundee!