5 Unusual Ways to Explore Dundee
Walking is a wonderful way to absorb the character of this unique city. Here, we take a look at five of the more unusual ways to explore Dundee on foot.
Discovery Walk is situated at Slessor Gardens. The walk - marked out by plaques designed by local artist Whimsical Lush - are set into the pavement and a visible reminder of the pioneering spirit of many Dundonians whose scientific and social achievements helped make Dundee and the wider world a better place.
Dark Dundee Walking Tours was set up by locals Stewart and Louise in 2015 as a way of re-visiting Dundee’s fascinating stories of local legends, tales of crime and the darker side of Dundee’s history. New tours are added regularly themed around different topics, mostly of the ghoulish variety so check in advance if suitable for your age group.
Other Dundee is a free to download i-phone game created by Dundee based game development studio, Quartic Llama and National Theatre of Scotland. This alternative reality journey around the streets of Dundee features puzzles, stories, surprises and spine-tingling, sinister audio! Starting at Dundee Rep Theatre and using the iPhone’s satellite tracking, the game guides you around the city – and unlocks shocks and surprises when you reach key locations. Free to download for iPhone and available on the Apple App Store.
Dundee’s Architectural Trail created in partnership with the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland to commemorate Festival of Architecture 2016 takes in 26 buildings and landmarks mapping out a story of Dundee’s past, present and future. Buildings form the city and their use gives each city its distinctive character. Whether they are historic or contemporary, public or private every structure has its own tale to tell. This self-guided walking tour takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
Dundee Womens Trail celebrates the lives of remarkable women who made an impact on the city and contributed to Dundee’s powerful history. Using a downloadable map you can explore the stories of twenty-five outstanding women including artists, trade unionists, social reformers and suffragettes, a shipyward welder and a marine engineer, each commemorated by bronze plaques placed around the city.
The Law is a must-see for visitors and locals to truly appreciate Dundee’s unique location. Formed from an extinct volcano it’s the best place to take in magnificent, panoramic views of the city, the River Tay and the surrounding area. On a clear day, visibility stretches over 45 miles and at night the twinkling lights of the city and bridges is mesmerising.