Dundee - Arbroath Coast Guide
Dundee sits on the banks of the River Tay some 50 miles north of Edinburgh - it is an historic port town that is now re-inventing itself as a commercial centre and tourist destination. It is also very well known as a manufacturer of excellent cakes and jams.
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Dundee's maritime history is splendidly represented through two of the world's most famous wooden ships, permanently docked on Dundee's waterfront with the River Tay. Follow Captain Scott to Antarctica on board RRS Discovery, experience the polar wind chill with guided tours, and visit the cafe and gift shop afterwards. HM Frigate Unicorn, the oldest British-built ship still afloat, is berthed in Victoria dock. It's a 46-gun warship, and one of the most atmospheric and original in the world.
Nearby on the coast is Broughty Ferry which is a seaside resort developed in the Victorian era. The town was once occupied by wealthy textile barons and it was reckoned to be one of the wealthiest places in Britain. Today it is a laid back resort with splendid views of the Tay estuary.
Arbroath lies some 17 miles to the north of Dundee along the A92 coast road. The town has a harbour and overlooks a long sandy beach; it is part seaside resort and part fishing port. As well as the beach and harbour visitors come to see Arbroath Abbey and Kerr's Miniature Railway which has been in operation since 1935. However Arbroath is beat known for the Arbroath Smokie, smoked haddock which is made exclusively in the town.
The Bell Rock Lighthouse lies 11 miles off shore from Arbroath in the North Sea. The lighthouse was the first to be made by the famous Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson and was first lit in 1811. The lighthouse has stood for 200 years without repairs to the main structure. The light was manned by a keeper but is now automated.
There are also some excellent golf resorts in the area, such as at Carnoustie to the east of Dundee and St Andrews to the south - see below.
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What to see around Dundee
Sensation Dundee Science Centre - Greenmarket, Dundee, Angus DD1 4QB Tel: 01382 228800
H. M. Frigate Unicorn - South Victoria Dock Rd, Dundee, Angus DD1 3BP Tel: 01382 200900
RRS Discovery - Discovery Point Dundee DD1 4XA Phone: 01382 309060
Glamis Castle - Spectacular castle 10 miles to the north of Dundee - Glamis, Forfar Angus & Dundee DD8 1RJ Tel: +44 (0)1307 840 393
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