The little city is still bonny all right. It is not repellent as an industrial town, distinguished in the last century for its jam, jute and journalists; and the docks and fishermen's smells creep right into the heart of it, so that salt flavors the hungry lips everywhere. —-SCOTLAND: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE, © Donald Cowie, 1973 by A.S. Barnes and Company, Cranbury, NJ and London: Thomas Yoseloff Ltd., London ISBN 0-498-01169-0
Dundee, a place whose reputation for parochial Scottish backwardness hangs around it like halitosis...And the streets up from the river - they had precisely that well-made, grey, ashlared solidity that Scottish cities need to have, without going to the brutal extremes of Aberdeen...All along Crichton Street, Commercial Street, Reform Street, Marketgait and the Perth Road, Dundee sat in a kind of neat stodginess of its own devising. -—-FAINTHEART: An Englishman Ventures North of the Border by Charles Jennings, Abacus, Time Warner Books U.K., www.TimeWarnerBooks.co.uk; ©2001 by Charles Jennings ISBN 0349114404
...at one time or another Dundee had the makings of a kind of Naples, which, forgetting the punitive nature of its climate, it geographically resembled...I would often look at that bleak Angus shore half-expecting singing fishermen, and hoping for a drift of Vesuvius smoke from the summit of the Law. ——James Cameron, Point of Departure, 1967
You'll want to visit the Discovery Expedition Center, showing off the ship used for Britain's first exploration of the Arctic.