The Tay is the United Kingdom’s greatest river in terms of outflow. Rising on the slopes of Ben Lui, it finally reaches the open sea east of Buddon Ness and Tentsmuir Point. It gives rise to a wealth of contemporary buildings and other features, all of which depend to some extent on the river and its immediate surroundings.
Improving Lives Tay’gether explores the many aspects of the Tay and contemporary Dundee. From oil rigs to bridges, the project takes you out on the water, giving you a grandstand view of what there is surrounding the firth and how the river
influenced their location.The Port of Dundee reinvents itself every so often. Within living memory a roll on roll off ferry operated from here, whilst large tankers brought Venezuelan crude for refining into bitumen. Latterly Forth Ports, which owns the harbour, has invested heavily in order to attract fabrication, refit, decommissioning and offshore wind farm business.
The main reasons why Dundee is where it is, and why it has always grown in importance, are because it is both the lowest ferry point on the Tay and it has the land nearest to the sea suitable for port facilities. Nowadays the Tay is not only conducive to good communications and seaborne trade, it is also seen as attractive to tourism and art. The Waterfront is replete with street art, Dundee Contemporary Arts looks down over the water, and the V&A Dundee uses its riverside location as a theme of cliffs and ship launches.