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.
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This is a hidden tract of grassland right down on the northern bank of the Tay, just west of Dundee. Almost as flat as a bowling green, it’s just minutes from the city centre but it might as well be a world away. Lose yourself in the beauty and absolute peace.
Where: Longforgan Foreshore, Perthshire, DD2 5EA
Like it says, it’s a quirky wee gift shop. We love the Siabann skin candles. Melt the candle then use the warm pool of oil on your skin.
Where: Forfar Road, Meigle, PH12 8RP
Broughty Ferry Shoreline
Take one sunny day, one bench on the shoreline and enjoy. You’ll love the views of the Tay bridges and Fife.
Where: Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2EN
It’s been in Dundee for 75 years. Locals love it, but don’t expect fancy. Try the frothy coffee and fab cheese rolls. hettie’s
Where: 8 Dura Street, Dundee, DD4 6TE
Two words. Cake slider. A sample of five different types of cake, baked on the premises, along with a jug of cream. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to cake heaven. So good. stewart tower dairy
Where: 95 atholl road, pitlochry, PH16 5AB
Like ice cream? A visit here is a must, with flavours such as bakewell tart. Just off the A9.
Where: Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4PJ
Not huge, but a treat for plant and garden lovers. Regulars love its blue poppies, but we think the best time to go is in May when the rhododendrons are flowering and fabulous.
Where: 116 Dundee Road, Perth, PH2 7BB
Not as famous as Dundee’s other museums, but worth a visit. Lovely volunteer staff and they even have Champion The Wonder Horse!
Where: Market Street, Dundee, DD1 3LA
Our tip? Go early morning for opening at 8.30am. Get a window seat, have breakfast and drink in the view.
Where: Channel farm, Kinross, KY13 9HD
A community-owned village shop and post office. It’s a hive of activity and a fab place to buy cheese!
Where: Morenish place, Killin, FK21 8UR
Gorgeous all year, but in October you should see the salmon leaping. Wear sensible shoes – it can be slippy.
Where: Near Crieff, PH1 3SQ
We love the Canadian Fizz – sugar and sparkle, maple syrup and cranberry juice, topped with prosecco.
Where: 484 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1LR
A community-run cinema in a fantastic art deco building that’s a real treat. Much more than a cinema, with classes, function suite and a cafe serving delicious cakes and scones
Where: 1 Dunkeld Street, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA
A haven of antique shops. In winter, make time for lunch in front of the fire at the Tufted Duck Cafe.
Where: Rait, by Perth, PH2 7RT
Scotland’s oldest lending library, it’s a gem of a place, with historical books, knowledgable staff and views. Make sure you climb the stairs to the chapel.
Where: Crieff, PH7 3RF
Read more: Tayside: 15 Top things to visit, see and do