Reasons to Live and Work in Tayside
Tayside is a truly special place to live and work – read on to find out why….
A better quality of life and work
From mountains to sandy beaches, cultural hotspots to superb leisure opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, Tayside offers an exceptional quality of life. Covering a large area of the north-east of Scotland, it includes the stunning mountains and glens of Perthshire and Angus, and the historic cities of Perth and Dundee. If you climb the Sidlaw hills, which stretch for 30 miles across Perthshire and Angus, you’ll get fantastic views across Angus and the city of Dundee to the North Sea (see the home page).
Whether you make your home in a city, in the countryside or on the coast, there’s a vast range of affordable housing and excellent schools. Getting around is quick and easy on the excellent road and rail links. We’re well connected to the rest of Scotland too – Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow are all less than 90 minutes away. And there are direct flights from Dundee airport to London City and Belfast.
Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city and has an unrivalled location at the mouth of Scotland’s longest river, the Tay. Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design.
In 2018, following the opening of V&A Dundee, Lonely Planet named the city one of the Top Ten Destinations in Europe. In 2019, Dundee was The Times regional winner of the Best Places to Live in the UK and was among The Times 2020 Best Places to Live in Scotland, while Broughty Ferry was in the 2021 list.
Dundee is home to two highly-regarded universities, recognised for the quality of their student experience – Dundee and Abertay. For a taste of what you can see and do in Dundee, explore One City, Many Discoveries and Tourism Culture and Leisure.
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Perth, Perthshire & Kinross
As you can see in the image above, the historic city of Perth is also beautifully located on the banks of the Tay, some 20 miles west of Dundee, and is often described as ‘the gateway to the Highlands’. For a taste of Highland Perthshire, there’s a lovely image of Queen’s View on the Current Roles page and you can also find out more here. And Kinross sits close by Loch Leven, a National Nature Reserve with a 13-mile Heritage Trail.
Within Perthshire, you’ll often find posts advertised in lovely towns such as Pitlochry and Crieff. Pitlochry is surrounded by beautiful scenery and has lots of things to see and do. It is perfect for hill walking, fishing, golf with all the facilities you would expect on your doorstep. A train station links Pitlochry to all major cities and road links are continuing to improve with the duelling of the main A9 trunk road. Crieff is a vibrant town and community with good local schools, sports facilities and restaurants. Locally, there are lots of opportunities for outdoor activity and it is also within easy reach of Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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With coastal villages and beaches, hills and market towns, Angus is a county of great variety. Visit a castle, go to the beach, ride a classic steam train, or step back in time – it’s all here. The lovely Lunan Bay near Montrose (pictured at the top of this page), is one of many places for a great day out. For walking, cycling or riding, the Angus Glens – Clova, Doll, Lethnot, Prosen, Isla, and Esk – run deep into the foothills of the Cairngorms and include ten Munros as well as spectacular views. You can glimpse Glen Doll on the Register Your Interest page.
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