We were really excited to be travelling to Scotland again, as we had enjoyed our previous stays so much. We changed trains in Glasgow, and managed to get from Central Station to Queen Street Station (a few streets away) to catch the ScotRail train without getting lost! As always, ScotRail staff were there to give us a hand.
On arrival at Dundee station, we were met by Tay Taxis. They are Dundee's only operator-owned taxi company, who have wheelchair accessible cars available on request. All of the drivers were very friendly and accommodating and I had no problems getting in and out with a bit of help from them.
|Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa|
|Sensation, Dundee’s Science Centre|
Next we had lunch at Chambers Coffee House & Restaurant, which won the Eating Place of the Year 2009 award. Their chefs serve only homemade food and guarantee that everything that leaves the kitchen is fresh and, wherever possible, locally sourced. The restaurant is spacious and airy, with plenty of space to manoeuvre a wheelchair, friendly staff and great food.
After lunch we headed off to Verdant Works, which tells the tale of jute (for many years the mainstay of Dundee’s economy) with the life and work of old Dundee, from the incredible rise of the industry to its subsequent decline. We had a brilliant, informative guided tour. The mixture of films, audio tapes, audio described exhibitions and tactile examples of the material are very inclusive. However, we did find that some of the spotlights in the exhibition were not very well placed for people who have a visual impairment to read the information, so they are looking at what can be done about this.
That evening we had a wonderful dinner at the Hilton Dundee’s Riverfront Bar & Grill. The food was excellent, and we had a window table with views of the Firth of Tay. The only disappointment was that I found it difficult to get into the disabled toilet, because of the way that the doors were placed. After dinner we met the duty manager, and I recommended that the hotel install electronic door buttons. The hotel has wheelchair accessible rooms, a number of aids available for guests to use, and a hoist for the swimming pool.
|The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum|
Before the journey home to Kendal, we had a browse around the shops of Dundee. There is a mix of shops of all sizes, making it a vibrant city centre. I was delighted to discover the statues of Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx and Gnasher in the pedestrianised area, as Dundee is the home of the Beano and the Dandy comics.
|Me with the statues of Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx and Gnasher|
Our journey home, with ScotRail to Glasgow and then on to Kendal, went without a hitch, but it was a shame to leave! Dundee is a wonderful place, and I hope that after reading my report you will decide to visit.
With thanks to VisitScotland, Apex Hotels, First ScotRail and TayTaxis, plus Dundee Science Centre, Dundee Heritage Trust, Chambers Coffee House & Restaurant, Hilton Hotels, the McManus, and Judith Sleigh of Tourism Scotland, who helped plan the trip.