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A little about Dundee
Scotland's fourth city, Dundee is a main station on the UK east coast line, has an excellent motorway link, a thriving regional airport and is now a cruise ship port. Dundee is set at the mouth of the river Tay, which flows from Loch Tay near Kenmore, high in the wilderness of Perthshire. By the time it gets to the city of Dundee, it has become a tidal estuary, flowing into the North Sea. The population is boosted during academic term times when over 34,000 people study either in the city's two universities or its local college. Dundee has more young people in full time higher education per head of population than any other in Scotland
The history of Dundee
Dundee was granted it's first Charter as a Royal Burgh, at the end of the 12th Century, reflecting it's flourishing trade with Flanders and the Baltic ports at that time. Even in these days, textiles, in the form of flax, linen and wool, were important. By the 1830's, jute was beginning to be produced, initially to supplement linen, but soon became the principal product employing great numbers of Dundonians and remained so, gradually declining from the 1920's. Many of the jute mills of the period have survived, converted for housing and other uses, while the Verdant Works in the Blackness area to the West of the town centre is now The Museum of Dundee. Well worth a visit is Discovery Point, home of Captain Scott's famous polar exploration ship RRS Discovery.