Travel Guide to Dundee in Scotland

Located in Angus in Scotland, Dundee is an industrial city and port standing on Tay’s Firth’s north bank. 

Dundee possesses perhaps the finest location of all of Scotland, covering the northern shore of the Firth of Tay, and has tourist adventures of national importance in Verdant Works and Discovery Point. Add attractive seaside town Broughty Ferry and the Dundonians themselves – among the most generous, welcoming, and entertaining people you’ll meet – and Dundee is worth a proper stopover.

How to reach Dundee?

Dundee Airport: It is approx 2 miles west of the city center on A85 – with light baggage, you could walk it in around half an hour. You can fly to Dundee from Belfast City (BHD) or London City (LCY) with Loganair year-round. You can travel from London twice daily Monday to Friday, and there is one service on a Sunday, flights take around 90 minutes. The Belfast flights work once per weekday and Sunday afternoon, with flights taking just over one hour. 

Car: From Glasgow, follow M80, then M9 / A9 to Perth, and then take a right turn east onto A90. It’s 120 km (75 miles), just under a 100-min drive.

Places to visit in Dundee

Discovery Point: Settling the growth of the city’s Cultural Quarter from its opening in the new millennium, Dundee Contemporary Arts is a center for cinema, modern art, and design. The galleries here present work by contemporary artists. There are printmakers’ studios where you can see artists at work or even participate in craft workshops and demonstrations. 

Dundee Law: It’s worth doing the stroll us Dundee Law (around 174m) for excellent views of the city, the two Tay bridges, and over to Fife. At just above 2 miles, the Tay Rail Bridge was the world’s longest when it was constructed in 1887. The 1.5-mile Tay Road Bridge was inaugurated in 1966. Dundee Law is a sheer 1.5-mile walk northwest of the city center, or you can always ride to the top.

McManus Galleries: Housing in a concrete Victorian Gothic building produced by Gilbert Scott in 1867, the McManus Galleries are a town museum on a human scale – you can see everything there is to explore in a single visit, without feeling overwhelmed or rushed. The displays cover the city’s past from the Iron Age to the modern-day, including the Dundee whaling industry and relics of the Tay Bridge Disaster.

City Square: The center of Dundee is City Sq, flanked to the south by the 1930s facade of Caird Hall, which was presented to the city by a textile magnate and now houses the City Chambers. A more recent addition to the square, inaugurated in 2001, is a bronze statue of Desperate Dan, the lantern-jawed hero of kid’s comic the Dandy.

What to eat and drink at Dundee?

There is a booming café culture in Dundee city center. Lots of takeaways, fast-food, restaurants, and cafés. Pubs are dwindling, as in other towns, but there’s no shortage. The central pubs are around Perth Road, Hawkhill, or the West End of the city, with another strip along Nethergate. The student unions of Abertay Universities and Dundee are excellent for a good night out.

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