Our next destination for two nights was to be Aberdeen. We stopped in Dundee on the way. Dundee is the home to the RRS (Royal Research Ship) Discovery and the area where she is moored is known as Discovery Point. The ship was built for Scott and Shackleton’s arctic exploration. The area has had a lot of money spent on regeneration, including the building of a V&A museum, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It’s a very modern design which cost £80.1 million to build! I wish we’d had more time as we’d have liked to have visited but we had other things to do on the way so reluctantly decided not to go in. The Waterstones in Dundee is located in an attractive 19th century tenement building designed by architect John Bruce and is located on a side street near the town centre that leads down to the river.
Dundee is home to The Beano, which is published by D C Thompson – we spotted these statues in the town centre – Desperate Dan with his ‘dawg’, and Minnie the Minx!
After leaving Dundee we headed to Kirriemuir. J M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan was born in the small town and his birthplace museum is located here (sadly closed on the day we were there) together with a fountain dedicated to him and a statue of Peter Pan in the town centre. Ronald ‘Bon’ Scott, former lead singer of AC/DC who was born in Forfar but spent his early years here before his family emigrated to Australia. There is a statue to him at the bottom of the town.
J M Barrie