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New build developments have created highly desirable residential areas in Dundee with detached houses, terraced houses, and apartments. Positioned conveniently in catchment areas and closer to amenities, new developments are built in prime locations, adding more value to properties. If owning a detached family home in this historic waterfront city is your dream, new builds offer more flexibility for contemporary living with superior design and build specifications.

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Life in Dundee

A glimpse into life at Dundee
Situated in the historic county of Angus on the East coast of Scotland, 40 miles (64 km) north of Edinburgh, Dundee is located on the northern bank of the North Sea inlet named the Firth of Tay. The Law stands out in its skyline, and The Magdalen Green Band Stand is its most iconic landmark.

Dundee has a lowland climate and is served by the Atlantic-driven weather system. Sheltered by its estuarine position and the Cairngorms, it is warmer and drier than west coast areas. The city receives a lower rainfall and is one of the driest places in Scotland. It is particularly warm in the spring and summer. Winters are mild here.

Dundee's estuarian position on the Tay with its natural harbour made it a thriving trading port since the 12th Century. During the 19th Century, it also became a major maritime port for shipbuilding in the country. Between 1871 and 1881, 2000 ships were built in Dundee, including the RRS Discovery, the research ship used by Robert Falcon Scott for his Arctic expedition in 1901-1904.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Dundee became a centre for the textile industry, with flax and later jute mills growing across the city. The textile industry became closely linked with its large whaling industry when it was discovered that whale oil, when mixed with jute fibre, makes it softer and malleable for weaving bags and carpet backing. During the 19th Century, Dundee became the biggest producer of jute cloth in the world.

  • The city's highest point and spectacular vantage point is a natural landmark called The Law, with its peak rising above 572 feet above sea level.
  • The V&A museum is the world's only museum of its kind outside of London. It is a remarkable building designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
  • HMS Unicorn, launched in 1824, is the most original ship in the world to have survived the golden age of sail. She is the third oldest ship still afloat and one of the six oldest surviving ships in the world, as well as Scotland’s only preserved warship. Moored on the city’s waterfront, it offers an authentic and interactive experience of life on board a 19th Century Frigate.
  • RRS Discovery moored at Discovery Point is an award-winning attraction that provides audiovisual shows and interactive experiences.
  • University of Dundee Museum Collections comprises the Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries, D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, and Tayside Medical History Museum.
  • The Broughty Castle, Claypotts Castle, Mains Castle, Dudhope Castle, and Powrie Castle are fascinating specimens of ancient architecture.
  • Slessor Gardens is a 10,000sqm green space with nine theme parks surrounding it. Baxter Park & Pavilion is a 38acre mature parkland and glass-fronted Italianate Pavilion. Both are ideal for walks, picnics, and hosting events.
  • Mills Observatory on the summit of Balgay Hill is the first purpose-built public astronomical observatory in the UK. It houses an impressive Victorian refracting telescope and consists of a planetarium, simulations, and displays.

  • Dundee has a 26mile green circular cycle route that runs around the city. Sidlaw hills outside Dundee offer a range of cycling opportunities for road, track, time trial, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, and duathlons.
  • For the golfing enthusiast, the city offers 2 prime municipal courses (both with 9 and 18 holes) at Caird Park and Camperdown Park. Dundee is also served by 2 members' clubs on the outskirts and 3 superior courses at the Carnoustie Golf Links, a 40m drive away.
  • From fly fishing to boat trips, River Tay offers plenty of river activities. The estuary is frequented by bottlenose dolphins and seals. You can also go kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, and sailing on the river.
  • Dundee has 2 skateparks open to skateboarders, BMX bikers, and inline skaters.
  • Broughty Ferry, 4 miles to the east of Dundee, is an award-winning seafront esplanade ideal for walks, sandcastle making, and splashing around.
  • Enjoy performances by brass bands during the summer months at the iconic bandstand.

Dundee has a packed year-round event calendar featuring everything from arts, music, design, food, comedy, and film. Dundee Design Festival, Almost Blue Festival, Dundee Science Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, NEoN, Dundee Film Festival, Dundee Mountain Film Festival, Light Nights, Dundee Flower and Food Festival, and street festivals attract over 30,000 visitors to the city centre.

From famous brands and stores to shopping centres, Dundee city has everything for your retail ventures, big and small. Its independent shops, indie markets, and local food shops sell high-quality local produce and products. Dundee is a foodie paradise with its numerous trendy restaurants, enterprising bistros, chic coffee houses, rustic cafes, craft beer bars, and quality food shops.

The city has a number of high-performing and-ranking primary and secondary schools. Dundee is a campus city and has one of the UK's highest student-to-population ratios. The two city centre universities - University of Dundee and Abertay University, and the further education college - Dundee and Angus College, provide high standards in education, research, and development.

If you are flying from London, there are direct flights from Stansted to Dundee Airport (1hr and 30mins), or you can arrive at Edinburgh Airport and hop on a direct Explore X90 bus link, which runs every 90 minutes from Edinburgh airport to Dundee city centre.

You can travel to Dundee by rail or road via Glasgow or Edinburgh. It takes approximately 1hr 30m to reach Dundee from either Glasgow or Edinburgh by road. National Express and Stagecoach services operate from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, all reaching Dundee within 1hr 20m to 1hr 50m. You can be in the countryside within 20 minutes and access 90% of Scotland with a 90minute drive from Dundee.

Dundee city has a population of 148,820.