Creative Dundee with #Blogmanay – in Photos

Creative Dundee

Last week, I spent a few days in Dundee with local social enterprise Creative Dundee, tourism initiative Dundee One, City Many Discoveries, and the team behind the #blogmanay campaign. I didn’t know much about this city before visiting, so I didn’t have a clue what to expect – but what we discovered on our whirlwind tour really blew me away!

This is a seriously cool and creative town, with a lot going on for quite a small city. From quirky local shops and boutiques – like the fab vintage glasses store Spex Pistols – to some amazing galleries like the McManus Gallery and the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), there’s a real focus on art and creativity. No wonder, then, that Dundee recently became the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, or that work has now commenced on the V&A Dundee – the first ever design museum in the UK to be built outside of London – which will be finished in 2018. I was even able to get a look at the future building, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, using some virtual reality goggles. Dundee is nothing if not high-tech – which is why there’s a really strong video games industry in this city, too. We even got a chance to visit Fleet Collective, a really cool co-working space and creative community where some amazing local designers showed us their current projects.

I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post about Dundee as soon as I can, but for now here are a few photos to show what I got up to in this seriously cool, fascinating city…

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Exploring the future V&A Dundee via virtual reality…

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Getting a behind the scenes glimpse of Fleet Collective, a creative community in Dundee.

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Bonny Claith – Cally Booker’s weaving studio.

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After our weaving lesson at Bonny Claith – we made “mug rugs”.

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McManus Gallery – exploring local history and art.

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Playing with the mirror at vintage glasses store Spex Pistols – the coolest shop in Dundee! The magic mirror guesses your age and plays a song from your teenage years…

#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, The Scottish Goverment, VisitScotland, Festivals Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Arnold Clarke Van and Car HireRabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

About Emily Luxton

An award-winning writer and travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper, more intelligent travel. Seeking out adventure, cultural exchanges, food experiences and more as she attempts to get to know the world. Lover of the great outdoors, sunsets, good food, and the odd bit of luxury!


  1. I really enjoyed my time in Dundee. In the mid 90s I was a student there but really loved the city as a whole and was an active part of the music scene with my band Kegbelly sharing the stage with a fledgling Snow Patrol. It was a vibrant and inspiring city to live in and I love visiting when I can.

    Glad to hear it is still going strong 🙂

  2. I loved my time in Dundee back in the mid 90s. I was a student there and treasure my memories of the city as a whole. I made friends for life there. Played gigs with A fledgling Snow Patrol in my band Kegbelly and had a blast in the pubs students didn’t frequent so much. Such a great city them and it’s great to hear someone else loving it too! I like to visit whenever I can. Thanks for reminding me of the venerable city!

  3. I loved living, working and studying in Dundee. I think it’s rather underrated, but is slowly starting to get the recognition it deserves. Emma x

    • Thanks Emma! I agree – it’s definitely underratted! When I tweeted I was going, quite a few people asked me why! One guy said “you’ll be disappointed”! They were so wrong!!

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