Next to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the city of Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland. Dundee is among the top ten cities in Britain for its quality of life. In its 800 years of walking, the city has become a top industrial centre and an important shipbuilding place. Textiles and jute are very famous here. Built on the basalt plug of an extinct volcano now called ‘Dundee Law’, the city is an important tourist destination.
Located on the banks of the River Tay, which flows into the North Sea, Dundee is a fine place to spend our holidays. With Sidlaw Hills in the North and the Carse of Gowrie in the West, Dundee has a pleasant and calm atmosphere. Broughty Ferry and Monifieth are two popularly known residential suburbs which are located to the East of Dundee.
Dundee has wonderful climatic conditions with an average of 50 days of sunshine per year. July to August is warm with temperature reaching 25 degree celsius and just opposite to it are the months January and February with cool temperature extending from 5 to 7 degree celsius.
The Fortress of Daigh was constructed by the Picts on Dundee Law which acquired the name “Dun Deagh”. And by 12th century the city achieved the royal status. The city flourished soon with developments as an importing, exporting and distributing centre. As it reached the 16th century textile industries were emerging in plenty that made the trade more successful.
Dundee celebrated its 800th anniversary in 1991 and on 5 March 2004, Dundee was approved Fairtrade City status. Broughty Ferry was added to the East of Dundee in 1913. Dundee became the directorial centre of Tayside Region from 1975 and was itself administered as one of the districts of that province. Dundee has been a independent Unitary Authority since the eradication of two-tier local government in Scotland in 1996. Thus the city formed itself as Scotland’s smallest local government sector.
Transportation in Dundee
The Dundee city airport is run by the Scot Airways and it includes flights direct to Manchester and London City. The train station located at the City Centre has regular service for every one hour to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The bust station is also situated at the City Centre which serves National Express coaches and Scottish Citylink that links Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Broughty Castle and Museum
This Castle cum Museum dates back to 15th century and can well be called as a coastal fort which is now used as a museum presenting local history and wildlife. With an armoury and an observation post the castle also has displays of the history of whaling.
This castle was functioning as a barrack from 1796 until 1881. It still stands as a glorious Construction attracting a large number of tourists.
University of Dundee Botanic Gardens
This beautiful garden situated at the University of Dundee was established in the year 1971. The garden consists of huge varieties of plants and trees and a rare collection of herbal plants too preserved in the herbal garden and near to it is the water garden which is beautified with flowers.
Discovery Point Dundee
The Discovery Point is one of the main attractions in the city that portrays excellent events and effective exhibits. The Royal Research Ship is available to anyone also wants to get deep into its history.
Tay Railway Bridge
This railway bridge was designed and constructed by Sir Thomas Bouch and was opened in 1878. It was the longest bridge at the time of its opening.
Camperdown Wildlife Centre
This small and beautiful zoo is run by the Dundee City Council Parks Department. Known as the Camperdown Wildlife Centre it features many exotic species such as two European brown bears, wolves, Arctic foxes, monkeys, a lynx, and ring-tailed lemur.
St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral of Dundee
Sir George Gilbert Scott was the genius behind this amazing construction known as the St .Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral which was built in the year 1853. It is located on the Old Castle hill in the centre of Dundee. This spectacular construction follows the Neo-Gothic style.
Mills Observatory Dundee
Located on Balgay Hill and built in 1935, The Mills Observatory is a interesting spot to visit. It provides planetary observations and panoramic views over the Firth of Tay to Fife.
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
Held yearly in September, The Dundee Flower and Food Festival is a superb entertainment for everyone who are interested in enjoying. Many events are performed during this occasion and major among them are talks, fashion shows, floral art and cookery demonstrations plus a variety of children’s activities and music shows too.
Dundee Festival of Scottish Music
This festival is purely for historical and traditional music in Scotland. The festival is celebrated in the month of September and is a great invitation to many musical arts screening.
Dundee Jazz Festival
International Jazz stars participate in this awesome festival which is popular globally for its grand performance every year. Local Jazz players also group along with these international players and exhibit their talents.
Dundee Mountain Film Festival
The Mountain Film Festival presents only the best of the current mountain and action films and is a fun filled entertainment especially for film lovers.
Dundee Guitar Festival
This is the occasion in which many talented guitar players come together and compete for the grand prize. With brilliant classical and contemporary performances the show is highly entertaining.