DUNDEE Lord Provost Bob Duncan attended a reception in St James’ Church hall, Broughty Ferry, on Wednesday to officially launch this year’s Beachie Heritage Walks.
They take place between May and September and the first will be on Tuesday (May 7). They last approximately 45 minutes and are free. The walk itself is followed by tea, coffee and home bakes in the church hall. If desired, donation may be made at this stage to Broughty Ferry Lifeboat.
The walks will cover Broughty Castle’s history, including its connection with Henry VIII and the ‘Rough Wooing War’. The castle’s role in coastal defence over the centuries is also discussed.
They will feature the ferry service between Broughty and Tayport and the ‘Ferry of the Loaf’, when Macduff, Thane of Fife, fled for his life from MacBeth, and the railway ‘Ro-Ro’, one of the earliest in the world, connecting Edinburgh with Aberdeen before the advent of the Tay Bridge.
Other interesting subjects include a cottage in New Road and the Irish Civil War in 1921, the explosion at Broughty’s gasworks showroom that sent cookers flying into Brook Street, Broughty’s resident astronomer and his influence on David Livingstone, Colonel Hunter and the layout of Broughty’s street, and much, much more.
There are walks already organised on May 7, 22 and 30 and June 3.
More dates will be added in due course according to demand. It is expected that a walk will be held each weekday during Broughty Gala Week.
Unless otherwise stated, all walk begin at 2 p.m. outside Broughty Castle.
Although the walks are free, they must be booked. To book and for more information call 01382 477307 or 07962 725600.