6 Alternative Ways to Explore Dundee by Foot

Wednesday 4 October 2023

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If you, like me, find yourself working from home and yearning for a change of scenery or a reason to explore new corners of Dundee, then you've come to the right place. Read on to find out six fun ways to explore Dundee by foot.

1. Open Close Dundee

A series of street art trails that take you off the beaten track. There’s one in the city centre, another in Stobswell, and the newest in Lochee. Take a walk around forgotten corners of the city to see colourful murals and painted doors by local artists. You can find out where to pick up a map for £1 on their website: https://openclosedundee.co.uk

2. Girls Who Walk

If you fancy a more sociable walk check out girls who walk. A new walking group with regular get-togethers. Check out their Instagram or Facebook to find out about upcoming walks and socials. It’s such a welcoming group and a lovely way to meet new people too.

3. Get Geocaching

You’ve maybe heard of the world's largest treasure hunt before. To join in you just need to download the free app, sign up, open the map, and choose a Geocache you want to go find. There are different sizes and varying levels of difficulty, along with hints and comments from fellow Geocachers. Once you find it, sign the log and log it on your account, then put it back for others to find. This is such a fun way to explore new places but it can get addictive - the ones you find turn to smiley faces on the map.

4. Take a Tour

Learn all about Dundee’s dark history with DD tours. Louise and Stewart offer guided walks with “Thrilling tales and hidden narratives”. Look out for Perth Road walks in the summer and tours of the Old Steeple. At the moment they're offering tours of The Vaults.

5. Gather a team for CluedUpp 

These quirky outdoor escape room style experiences get you exploring whilst solving puzzles. The game is played through an app, takes 2-3 hours on average, and costs £30 for a team of up to 6. The most recent one in Dundee was Witchcraft & Wizardry: Murder by Magic! Check out their website for upcoming events: https://www.cluedupp.com/

6. Grab a Trail Map

If you head down to the Waterfront there are lots of trails in the area. Pop into the V&A or Discovery and grab a map - some are *technically* for children but they're still super cute. There's the Selkie Trail, the V&A's Seek and Peek map illustrated by Cara Rooney and Friend Ships illustrated by James Gemmill (to name a few). For those keen on a more advanced map, there's the Maritime Trail taking you on a 1.5km walk around historical waterfront spots. Look out for Heather Street Food for a delicious coffee to fuel your stroll. 

I have almost done all of these but I'll make sure to check off the full list so I can share some videos on Instagram too. I'd love to hear if you've found any interesting ways of seeing more of Dundee!

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