An Introduction to Dundee, Scotland

The McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

by David Wheater

Dundee is so often overlooked by tourists, which is a great shame, as the city has so much to offer the day tripper.

A day in Dundee, discovering Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery, the wonderful McManus Gallery & Museum and the Verdant Works is really hard to beat. Not to mention the brand new V&A Museum which opened on Dundee's waterfront on Saturday 15th September 2018.

Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city which is appropriate for such a warm and welcoming city.

Although Dundee has just as long a history as other Scottish cities, it’s often overlooked simply because much of its medieval past remains hidden. This is a great shame because Dundee is a vibrant, cosmopolitan University city with a long, fascinating history and much to explore.

Over the last twenty years, Dundee has pulled away from its industrial past to reinvent itself as the ‘city of discovery’. Dundee is now a world centre for medical research and digital media and its universities are some of the best in the UK. In fact, Dundee University is so popular that its students account for 1 in 7 of the population of Dundee!

A surprise to many, Dundee is one of the most important places in the world for digital games development. Some of the biggest digital games in the world have come from design studios in Dundee, including Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings. Abertay University is now the top university in Europe for game development courses. In recognition of its innovative and pioneering outlook, the city became the first in the UK to be awarded a UNESCO City of Design.

There is plenty to discover in Dundee and surrounding areas. No visit to Dundee would be complete, however, without visiting The Verdant Works to learn about Dundee’s former Jute Industry and Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery. Another ‘must see’ is a trip up to the top of Dundee Law, for one of the best views in Scotland across the Sidlaw Hills and the distant peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains.

The county of Angus is often overlooked by tourists, which is a missed opportunity to see some of the north east’s greatest scenery. From the heather clad hills and tumbling rivers of the Angus Glens, to the long sandy beaches and secret bays of the coast – Angus is a very rewarding county to explore.

Please do put aside any preconceptions you may have about Dundee and visit with fresh eyes – you’ll be really pleased you did.

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