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Dundee

Dundee was originally in “Forfarshire” – now known as Angus and Dundee and fairly central to any travel north or south being approximately one hour from each of the main Cities of Scotland.

Dundee is joined to Fife by the Tay Bridge which leads to lovely fishing villages down the East Neuk of Fife and of course many golf courses and the Home of Golf at St. Andrews.

Dundee itself was known historically for its whaling, shipbuilding, jute, jam, and journalism; that being DC Thomson and the famous Beano and Dandy comics.

The jute mill called Verdant Works is a working museum showing the process of producing sacking used in the old days for bags and backing to carpets.

“The Discovery” which was built in Dundee sits on the waterfront which is the scientific research ship that Captain Scott and his crew sailed to the Antartic in.

Close by at City Quay and also on the water is H.M.Frigate Unicorn which is the oldest British built warship still afloat.

It should also be known that William Wallace is believed to have gone to School in Dundee.

There are many castles in the area closest is Broughty Castle which was built in 1496 and over the years faced many sieges and battles. There is Edzel Castle, Dunottar Castle, and of course Glamis Castle the childhood home of our late Queen Mother.

Since late 19thC, Dundee has been a popular tourist area because of it’s central location but was probably originated by Queen Victoria setting up her summer residence in Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

There are many Pictish Stones in the area to visit and at Montrose Basin a large bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Dundee although noted for engineering is also famous for innovations and in the 19thC it was Marmalade, X-ray techniques, electric light and later development of Asprin by a medic at the Dundee Royal Infirmary. Now the Dundee universities have recognition in life sciences and environmental research in computer arts and creative arts at the famous Duncan of Jordanstone Art School.

Going forward in the 21stC the area has recently approved of a whole regeneration of the waterfront not least the V&A Museum being the centrefold with a stunning design for an iconic building.

Local Attractions

Dundee is an active and friendly city situated near the mouth of the River Tay in the county of Angus, on the East coast of Scotland. Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city, it offers a fine quality of life with more hours of sunshine and cleaner air than any other city in Scotland. The City of Dundee offers something for all members of the family; attractions including Camperdown Park, Law Hill (a landmark viewpoint which is the plug of an extinct volcano), Discovery Point, McManus Galleries, Verdant Works etc. Activities include fly fishing at Kingennie Fishings which is situated in the rolling countryside near Dundee and dates back to 1855, this idyllic location has long been a favourite haunt of anglers. For skating fans there is the Dundee Ice Arena which can be found at Camperdown Leisure Complex.

Discovery Point

Adventure, exploration and discovery at the award-winning attraction, Discovery Point. This is one of the main attractions in Dundee . With its spectacular exhibits, and special effects, you can get the feel for the voyages of the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Discovery.

McManus Galleries

McManus Galleries and Museum is a splendid Gothic Revival-style building housing Dundee’s main collection. McManus’ current displays offer a fascinating insight into Dundee’s colourful past, through exhibitions of Art, History and the Environment.

Broughty Castle and Museum

This was a 15th Century coastal fort. It is now used as a museum of local history and wildlife. It also has an armoury and an observation post. Displays illustrate the history of whaling in the Dundee area. Situated in a fantastic location for panoramic views of the Tay estuary.