Dundee is a nice small town where you'd go to find some peace and quiet, there's not much to do in the evenings by means of nightlife, and shops close very early (5.00 pm or something like that). As it was a business trip, I didn't have that much time to go round look at all the sights listed out in the Lonely Planet, but honestly none of them really sounded worth it to go see. However, the weather was fantastic and sightseeing trips in the surroundings and nearby Scottish towns was lovely!
In a nutshell, Edinburgh was beautiful, St Andrews very quaint (saw where Prince William studied and took a photo of the door to the Dept. of Art History where he must've walked through everyday.. sighh...), Glamis Castle was lovely with amazing gardens and filled with interesting stuff inside, e.g. the Queen Mother's doll house! The setting for one of the scenes from Shakespeare's Macbeth was situated here. There were also the best looking highland cows lounging in the meadows and by the streams in the castle!! Great looking creatures, with hair so thick and floppy falling over their eyes I just wanted to pick one up and take him home!!
We also visited the site of that Mel Gibson character in the movie... err.. what's it again... William Wallace! Will have to find the rest of my photos and post em up. More details of each of these places in follow-up tips soon.
Visiting Dundee to meet up with a very, very dear friend and mentor, Linda Harley (she was teaching at the Singapore American School and living in Singapore for 23 years prior to moving back to Scotland not too long ago).... was the BEST experience ever for me.
Photo below: The lovely Dundee City Square.
Take the kids to Camperdown Wldlife Centre
Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee
Dundee DD2 4TF
Phone 44 (0)1382 432661
Fondest memory: It was wonderful watching our children playing together while we sat back and enjoyed the sunshine.
The Wildlife Centre is set in 400 acres of parkland and has over 90 species of animals, an adventure play area and an extensive network of footpaths & trails. There is a full programme of special events held through the year.
It is a great place for a family day out and picnic when the weather is fine.
Within one square mile of Dundee you will find a Royal Palace, a 12th -century abbey and the fortified tower where King Malcolm held court after the death of Macbeth.
Fondest memory: Allow your imagination to run away with you a little and you will see how folklore and history become inextricably linked.
Fondest memory: I love Broughty Ferry. Once a popular seaside resort, it is now little more than a suburb of the city of Dundee. But it retains some of its character, and is a thriving little shopping community. Best thing to do is visit Visocchi's Ice Cream Parlour on Gray Street, or buy fish and chips and eat them down by the harbour as the evening light fades (just watch out for the hungry seagulls!)
Fondest memory: This Black Watch soldier stands as a memorial to those who died in the two world wars. From his vantage point on Powrie Brae (on the northern edge of Dundee just to the east of the A90), he stands proudly year in and year out, keeping watch over the city. At certain times of year, he might be surrounded by vibrant fields of yellow oilseed rape... as in this photo. It always moves me when I see him... it means I'm almost 'home'.
Fondest memory: This is a picture of the gravestone next to the Carrie gravestone. I was deeply touched by this heartbreaking gravestone. Can you imagine losing 6 children under the age of 5? I guess they were fortunate to have one son who lived to the ripe old age of 77. We saw many gravestones like this, where many children died at a young age. Life must have been hard in Scotland in the late 1800's.
Fondest memory: 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.