The city of Dundee is such a sprawling affair that Broughty Ferry, it
seems, is just sort of tagged on at its edge, like an afterthought. But that's not quite right, because the
town most certainly has its own very different feel to the expansive
metropolis, and while Dundee might have ships, Broughty Ferry has a
castle. And a free one at that.
There are precious few places in this country that boast a free castle,
let me tell you. In some cases the castle can be a tad disappointing,
being but one draughty room with a few holes in the walls where once
there were doors and windows, and if it wasn't
for the freeness you'd be thinking about asking for your money back.
There are even some castles out there that are but a bit of wall, and
there's only so long you can stare at a small pile of rubble before
boredom sets in. But not here. Broughty Castle
has many floors with many rooms and much to see and keep your
while the wind whistles and whooshes outside its
thick sturdy walls.
And in the town itself there is a pub like no other. It is
one of those
pubs that is so special you could
count the number of such
Scotland on your
fingers and toes.
So go to the Ferry, as they say in Broughty Ferry, a place of fishermen
and pubs, where the locals find the pronunciation of 'Broughty' so
difficult they often leave it out altogether.