As a final year student I’ve spent enough time living in Dundee that I feel I should impart some of my wisdom. Dundee is a great place to be a student – as far as cities go it’s not huge but it does have the largest student population by percentage of any other Scottish city, meaning student discount and fun nights out aplenty.
But there’s more to Dundee than a cheap lunch and a drunken night in Liquid, as fun as that is. So here are my top 5 things to do around here – a Dundee bucket list.
- The Law. The Law is basically just a big hill situated right in the middle of Dundee. It’s a bit of a hike, but the view at the top is well worth the climb. On a good day (not hard to come by since Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city) you get awesome views over the sparkling Tay, with both bridges spanning over the water to Fife. You also get a good view of campus, with the three towers – Dentistry School, Belmont Tower and Tower Building standing out in particular.
- RRS Discovery. Dundee is sometimes referred to as the City of Discovery and it’s because of this ship. The RSS Discovery was built over 100 years ago in Dundee for discovery voyages to the Antarctic. It is now permanently docked at discovery point in Dundee and has a museum dedicated to it and its long history. Even if you don’t go on the boat, it’s worth seeing and getting a pic.
- St Andrews. Famous for the world renowned golf courses, St Andrews is only 20 minutes away by car and worth visiting. Golf aside, the charming wee town has lots of traditional old buildings, with the now ruins if the cathedral being pretty impressive. Also plenty of nice places to get lunch or a few drinks before heading back across the Tay to Dundee.
- The waterfront. Even in the three and a half years that I’ve been here, lots of regeneration work has taken place at the waterfront. Slessor Gardens is one of the first major projects to be completed, hosting open air concerts. The new train station is also taking shape, as well as the space-age looking V&A Museum being built right on the waterfront.
- Broughty Ferry. The seaside town is basically joined on to Dundee meaning it’s only 15 minutes’ away by car and well worth a visit. It has a huge beach with views out to the North Sea, as well as Broughty Castle. Don’t leave without getting an ice cream!
There are plenty more things to see and do around Dundee but for me these are 5 things that stand out, especially for someone who has never been before.