10 reasons to live in Angus & Dundee



This week, we visit Scotland - or Angus & Dundee to be precise. Local editor Lynn escorts us around the old city of Dundee, famous for its jutes, jams and journalism. From there, we move into the rest of Angus and everything it has to offer potential visitors and inhabitants.



1. Things about the area

The people. Dundee and Angus folk are friendly, helpful and always ready for a wee blether. Also, the weathervandadundee - we tend to get less rain and a more temperate climate than the West Coast of Scotland. If the mist of the coastal areas stubbornly refuses to clear, then you can head inland to the Angus Glens to catch some sunshine.

The V&A at Dundee will be the first design museum in UK outside of London, and the cultural and design scene in Dundee is vibrant. There's a great network of creative and supportive business owners, who work hard to make the city a wonderful place to live and work.

  • I love the amazing architecture and the fun statues all over the place - penguins on the church wall, Desperate Dan and co, the iron buildings, those buggy climbing creatures. The new pool is also amazing, and a big reason why we love it here. LentilAsAnything


2. Child-friendly cafés

If you're in Dundee City Centre, then head for Madigan's Emporium. They have a little play area at the back and a great menu with healthy snacks. The cakes are baked on site and they even have a selection of gluten-free treats.

sugarspiceAway from the centre, check out Jessie's Kitchen in Broughty Ferry which is always buzzing. They have a reputation for great food and a friendly atmosphere. The separate 'kids' room' means that the only judgeypant-hoikers are other parents. Not much room for potential AIBUs with the healthy and delicious food on offer though!

Further afield in Angus, Sugar and Spice Tearoom is worth a visit for delicious cakes and a lovely enclosed garden area as well as a sweet little Wendy House to keep the kids amused.


3. Child-free nights out

Head to Broughty Ferry, to the Ship Inn, a traditional pub overlooking the harbour with views across the Tay to Fife. The staff are friendly, the food is excellent, both in the bar and the restaurant upstairs, and it is one of the only dog-friendly pubs in Dundee. We like to take the dog for a walk along the beach then settle in for a pint in front of the fire.

If it's fine-dining you're after, then the West End of Dundee is the place to be. Dil'se is a family-run restaurant serving Bangladeshi and Indian food. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Ferry with lots of pubs and restaurants to choose from, or a trip down the Perth road. Pehsandbridies

At a glance

Average semi-detached house price
Angus: £131,674
UK: £201,427

Average class size for primary schools
Dundee: 25 pupils 
UK: 27 pupils

Average class size for secondary schools
Dundee: 20 pupils 
UK: 20.4 pupils

Average salary
Dundee: £23,174
UK: £26,000

Unemployment rate
Angus: 6.5%
UK: 7.8%


4. Outside spaces

There is no way I could limit this to just one space. The beauty of Dundee and Angus is that you have so much within a relatively compact area.

From the beaches of Carnoustie, Lunan Bay and Broughty Ferry, to the parks of Camperdown and Monikie and then on to the stunning Angus Glens, there are so many great areas to explore.


5. Hidden gems

The Downtown Area of Dundee is an up-and-coming section of town with a fantastic range of independent shops and businesses. Have a browse through the fantastic wee gift shop Lovely Things, check out vintage fashion store Rara, get your hair cut at Freedom Hairdressing Salon, buy some cheese at the Cheesery then head to T-Ann Cake for a cup of tea and a delicious snack.

  • Verdant Works is a good visitor attraction that's a little hard to find, but well worth the hunt! Pehsandbridies


6. Community venues

Dundee has fantastic community centres offering courses for a small fee such as the Knitting Group in Menzieshill. The Dundee Contemporary Arts centre offers courses for adults and children, like the upcoming Code Club, and the local libraries are hubs of information and learning, with Bookbug Sessions for babies and Bookmonster Sessions for older readers in Broughty Ferry.


7. Free visitor attractions

Head up to the top of the two hills that dominate Dundee. The Law offers the best view of the city, while Balgay Hill has the fantastic Mills Observatory, where staff are happy to show young stargazers the skies.

Back in the city, Magdalen Green is the venue for free concerts in the summer, or on a rainy day, the McManus Galleries is worth a visit. The Creative Learning space is open-access for families to drop in and explore.


8. Day out


Take a trip out to Glamis castle, birthplace of the Queen Mother. The tour guides are happy to explain its history in a child-friendly manner and give the kids activities to o do as they go around.

Visit the café in the old kitchens or take a picnic to the play area. Don't forget to pet the Highland Cattle.

In Dundee, the Sensation Science Centre is a great rainy day activity and offers plenty for all ages. They run various clubs and activities throughout the year for kids who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)


9. Places to live

The Dundee Angus area is large and extremely varied so whether you sport 'urban wellies' or proper muddy wellies, you can find the perfect place to live.

Popular areas in the city of Dundee are the West End and Broughty Ferry, and going further along the coast, the towns of Carnoustie and Montrose are sought after.

For those who prefer a more rural ambience, Forfar might be more suitable, or if you'd like to stay closer to town then check out Birkhill/Muirhead.

  • I recommend West End of Dundee, The Ferry, and Maryfield. Pehsandbridies


10. Places to shop


The aforementioned Downtown area is fantastic. Broughty Ferry has a nice small town feel to it, with lots of independent shops such as Clementines and Robertsons Butcher.

The West End in Dundee stretches from Fraser's Greengrocer to the Dundee institution of Groucho's Record Store.

  • Try The Disney Store. LentilAsAnything


About Lynn

I have recently moved back to Dundee after living abroad for many years. Having used Mumsnet for such a long time, I know how a group of engaged and enthusiastic women can make a difference to the lives of others, so thought that the real world and the online world could be brought together in the Mumsnet Local sites.

While I lived abroad, the online community of Mumsnet kept me sane and kept me connected to the UK, and I'd like to give some of that support and assistance back by organising meet-ups where young mums can meet with more experienced mums and have a coffee and a chat.



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