I visited Dundee because my great great grandparents(James Alexandar Carrie and Isabella Stewart Carrie) lived, died and were buried there. It was wonderful visiting their graves and walking down the streets they walked. Unfortunately, the gravestone was badly damaged, as you can see in the photo. If it wasn't for some very helpful cemetary employees we would never have found this gravesite.
You need a mixed bag for Scotland. Weather is very changeable. Layers are the answer and an umbrella. After dark in spring ,summer and autumn the dreaded midge strikes. Smaller than the mosy but just as annoying . I dont know if Mosquito repellant works. Smoking is supposed to. Citronella does Family Travel Bewre the midge (Pronounced Midgee)
As a child Andrew Carnegie was barred from entering this beautiful park. So when he was rich he bought the grounds and threw open the park to the cities 'toiling masses.' It is a lovely picnic to wander through and I remember my grandmother 'stealing' little bit is of plants and rooting them for her garden. The park is a lovely quiet place to wander through or to sit and relax.
In recent years teak stairs have been installed to allow access to the upper levels of the tower, greatly increasing the interest of a visit and the range of views up Glenstrae and Glenorchy and across the loch to Cruachan.
In and around Dundee
"Culture, Art and Science (oh, and shopping)"
If it wasn't for the fact that one of our daughters is living in Dundee whilst studying at university, we probably wouldn't have gone there. But that would have been our loss - Dundee has a great deal to offer. Set on the bank of the River Tay, it is Scotland's fourth largest city. Originally significant for its industry and sea-faring, Dundee is now building a firm reputation as a centre of arts and science.
Dundee Rep Theatre (Dundee Rep is home to Scotland’s only full-time ensemble company. ‘The Dundee experiment shines like a good deed in a naughty world,’ said The Daily Telegraph) and Dundee Contemporary Arts provide the art and culture, while "Sensation" science centre provides hands-on, stimulating learning about the five senses, and is primarily aimed at children.
Just across the city centre, on the bank of the river, Captain Scott's famous Antarctic expedition ship R.R.S. Discovery is berthed - next to the Discovery Point Visitor Centre.
The shopping area is pedestrianised (bliss) and beautifully maintained. In addition to the Overgate, Murraygate and Wellgate shopping centres, there's a factory retail outlet - City Quay - on the Dundee waterfront where its possible to snap up some designer bargains.
In the centre of town is a statue of Desperate Dan, cow-pie eating character from the Dandy comic, along with some of the Beano characters (The Dandy and The Beano were launched in July 1937 and published by DC Thomson of Dundee.)
Dundee hosts an annual summer festival of street entertainment, Guitar and Mountain Film Festivals. and a Food & Flower Festival, held in September.
Nearby attractions also well worth a visit include the British Golf Museum at St Andrews, which traces the history of British Golf; The Famous Grouse Experience at Crieff for a taste of the Scottish whisky industry and the Castle Museum at Broughty Ferry (more of that later). We took the train from Dundee to Edinburgh, which seemed a bit excessive at nearly $30, but the scenery is fabulous, and we were pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and efficiency of the service. From the window of the train we saw (with shades of Philip Larkin's poem, Whitsun Weddings) the industrial area give way to rolling hills and rugged coastlines, deer nestling in grassy fields, seals lazily sunbathing on the rocky shore, the ordinary back yard lives of local people...I could go on and on. No wonder Robert Burns got so lyrical - Scotland is inspirational!
ps..If you do happen to visit Dundee and take in a show at the Rep, please be extra nice to the bubbly English usher