Monikie Country Park
Paved with lush patches of wooded paths tracing the two former reservoirs, Monikie Country Park rests on the fringes of Dundee. Walkers are presented with an abundance of options from self-led trails to guided routes, each of which hold striking scenic views. The perfect mix of action and nature, Monikie boasts 50 acres for watersports and a bird sanctuary. Dog walkers should note that some forms of natural algae found in these waters may be toxic for canines.
A soothing skyline staple with volcanic origins and a railway tunnel piercing its middle, Dundee Law boasts spellbinding views across the Tay and its urban jungle. Those in it for a brief city stroll can simply scale the 572-foot former Iron Age Hillfort and embrace the panorama that unfolds. Alternatively, begin at Discovery Point or the train station and take the mix of pavements and paths for a longer walk, which is punctuated with a few steep parts and some steps. Piece of cake!
Awash with sylvan charm and untamed wilderness, the Angus Glens feature Glen Clova, Isla, Prosen, Lethnot and Esk. Situated just under an hour’s drive from Dundee, this awe-inspiring area is home to wildlife often found in the arctic. Suited to self-confessed nature lovers and those with a lust for adventure, the trails range from dense forests to peaceful lochs, historic ruins and the biggest portion of high ground hills in the country. A dreamscape for both hiking gurus and gentle wanderers.
Arbroath Town Trail
Consider Arbroath, home of the Arbroath Smokie and Declaration of Arbroath, your go-to walking destination on days when only charming harbour-side towns will suffice. Sitting just 15 miles from Dundee, it’s easily reached by car and train. Wanderlusters can get lost in thought exploring every nook and cranny of the atmospheric town trail, including the age-old Arbroath Abbey. For some fresh sea air, take a gander along the swathes of sparkling sand lined with piercing cliffs. You’ll never want a gym-session again! Graced with good paths and pavements.
Camperdown Country Park
Housed on the periphery of Dundee, Camperdown Country Park offers a slice of bucolic paradise amidst the busy ebb and flow of city life. Thanks to its sheer size, there’s always a new path beckoning exploration across some shaded scenic parkland. Bus routes connect to and from the city, making those beneficial daily leg stretches that bit more attainable. Unlike squeaky clean gym surrounds, the park is subject to rain, so it helps to swap out the shiny new kicks before your walk! Occasional muddy areas aside, Camperdown is pure bliss.