1. Govanhill Baths, Glasgow These beautiful, historic Victorian baths aren’t only used for swimming, but art exhibitions and events, too.
1. Kelvingrove, Glasgow More than a million people a year flock to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whatever floats your boat, you’ll find it here. If you’re a military buff, you’ll love the Mark 21 Spitfire hanging in mid-air. If you want to see Dutch masters and French impressionists, this is the place to check out one of the finest collections anywhere in the UK. There’s an internationally significant collection of arms and armour and it’s hardly surprising that Kelvingrove draws visitors back time and again. After all, with 22 themed galleries and some 8000 objects, you’ll never see it all in a single day. What Kelvingove isn’t is stuffy – kids will love the dinosaurs, the mounted animals and, of course, the bees. The museum has kept bees since 1959 and everyone loves seeing how they make honey. Time your visit right and you can have music while you meander as there are still daily recitals on the magnificent 1901 organ that dominates the Centre Hall. Starting on April 1, Frank Quitely Art Of Comics is a new exhibition of the work of the Glasgow-born artist – real name Vincent Deighan – who was inspired by The Broon
1. Wemyss Caves Home to some of the most important Pictish carvings in the world and on the edge of a picturesque wee village. Definitely worth a detour one sunny afternoon
Campbell’s bakery, Crieff This long-established bakery is a favourite with locals and if you like strawberry tarts, theirs are definitely worth trying. Some locals claim Campbell’s Scotch pie is “the pie of all pies”. Now, that is quite a claim. We can’t say for sure if they truly are the best pies in Scotland, but they’re definitely a winner. And their tattie scones aren’t half-bad, either. Fancy yourself on Bake Off? Campbell’s also run a fun Saturday baking class. There is also a branch in Comrie.
Artisana, Kirriemuir And now for something completely different. Back in 2013, Ailsa Hayward found a rusty old van, abandoned and alone. It was love at first sight. Fast forward a few years and that van – Fleur – is now a regular at shows, weddings, fayres and other events. And the good news is she’s been completely restored and renewed – and is filled with divine cakes, bakes and other goodies made by Ailsa. How do fudgy brownies, sweet and salty rocky road and crispy leek and mature cheddar savoury mini muffins grab you? Ailsa will be out and about a lot with Fleur over the next few months – you can catch them at Bonfest in Kirriemuir in April, Mofest in Montrose in May and Dogs Day Out at Glamis Castle in July.
Reekie Linn It’s a whopper of a waterfall – but you don’t know it’s there until you walk a few hundred yards and then you’ll hear the thundering water. There’s also a second “secret” waterfall – go through the bushes at the end of the path and on further for 100 metres or so.
1. Arbroath Abbey, Arbroath Arguably the most famous document in Scotland’s history, the Declaration of Arbroath, was most likely drafted here in the abbey. And that’s only one of the reasons a visit to the abbey is well worth it. It’s also got one of the most complete Abbot’s residences in Britain. There’s also a marble effigy, thought to depict William I, also known as William the Lion. Includes some interactive displays as well as lots of information about the abbey’s and Scotland’s history. Fascinating stuff and history buffs can spend hours here. Plenty of interest in the grounds, too.
Whether you've lived in Tayside all your life or you're a first-time visitor, we want to help you uncover some hidden gems and hotspots that'll are perfect for a day out with a difference.