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A Dundee day out

University of Dundee is one of Scotland's leading higher education institutions, located just minutes from the banks of the mighty River Tay. Start your day at the fascinating Mills Observatory, a woodland stargazing centre with free admission. Kids will love the telescopes and planetarium. History buffs should head for St Mary's Tower, the oldest building in the city, dating back to the 15th century. Scotland's fourth biggest city also has a thriving art scene. Dundee Contemporary Arts leads the way with cutting-edge exhibitions.

Wild beauty in Cairngorms National Park

Less than an hour's drive north from University of Dundee and you're in the sprawling Cairngorms National Park - the largest national park in the British Isles. Head deep into the centre of the park, to Cairn Gorm mountain itself, where thrillseekers and families can enjoy snowboarding and skiing in the winter months. Cairngorms is also home to stunning castles, including Balmoral - the Scottish home of the Royal Family, whose glorious grounds and gardens are open to the public from March to July.

A night out in Dundee

With almost 15,000 students at the University of Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city is home to a buzzing nightlife scene. Start at the historic Old Bank Bar, with its towering atrium, for pints and pub food. Market Bar, housed in a former cinema, is best for families. The city's best nightclub is Reading Rooms, an old library turned events space hosting alternative house and techno.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near University of Dundee? Travelodge Dundee Central Hotel is right in the city, or Travelodge Dundee Strathmore Avenue Hotel offers good road links to the north.