Well, one of our Tours last month was with a team of staff from Visit Scotland when they visited the city. It had been a busy couple of days as the staff from around Scotland came together to hear all about what’s new in Dundee (there’s a lot) and to watch Dermot O’Leary host of the X-Factor announce the nominations for this years’ National Television Awards announced for the first time ever outside London.
The event took place in V&A Dundee which Dermot loved and it was there he met one of Dundee’s famous sons, Dennis the Menace. During his visit to the city’s newest museum, he received a special gift from The Beano – a copy of the comic with himself as a character handed to him by Dennis and Gnasher!
Wrapped up against the cold but bright January day, the staff were glad to get out and about in the city and we were delighted to show them the sites. It was our first Photo Tour where every single person used a phone camera! It was also our first corporate event and everyone enjoyed the chance to try out new skills, share their experiences and generally network as we moved from Sleeperz to the city centre and Dundee’s Caird Hall. There was definitely an element of good natured competition as the group practised the composition techniques we’d shown them.
The pillars of the Caird Hall are an iconic landmark in the very heart of the city
From across the Square looking back our group had the opportunity to use the street art for framing their photos of the building and get up close with another famous landmark, the 8ft high bronze statue of Desperate Dan as he strides along the High Street. Passing the Overgate Centre we stopped at the City Churches and then down one of Dundee’s famous Wynd’s.
Couttie’s Wynd was named in 1521 when William Couttie, butcher – probably one of the early members of the flesher trade acquired property there. His last descendant died in 1604, but the name still survives and indeed the Wynd which dates back to 1200 is one of the oldest passages connecting the waterfront to the town. It is also the home of Dundee’s secret bar, sorry, we can’t say any more than that!!