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Self-guided tour of Dundee’s architectural highlights to launch

The V&A features on the trail.
The V&A features on the trail.

A new self-guided walking trail, highlighting the buildings which have most affected Dundee’s past, present and future, will launch later this week.

Leaflets for the trail will be made available on Friday night, as part of the Festival of Architecture finale and Light Night celebrations.

The tour, created in partnership between the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and Dundee One City Many Discoveries, lasts around 45 minutes and covers most of the city centre.

A spokesperson for the trail said: “Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design and is in the midst of the kind of transformation that only happens once in a lifetime – a £1 billion award-winning regeneration of the Dundee Waterfront.

“The V&A Museum of Design Dundee is due to open in 2018 a new railway station by Nicoll Russell Studios will welcome visitors.

“There has never been a better time to celebrate the buildings that highlight some of the fascinating riches of Dundee’s past, present and future.”

The tour visits locations including Malmaison, St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee Central Mosque and The McManus.

The leaflets will be available to pick up at the Visitor Information Centre at Slessor Gardens on Friday.

Meanwhile, a Dundonian multi-instumentalist has created unique soundscapes to represent individual parts of the city.

Andrew Wasylyk – the alias of Scottish writer and producer Andrew Mitchell – has created a series of vignettes to help people explore the city through sound.

Six architectural sites are echoed using the materials, everyday use and romanticised memories of a landscape considerably changed through the decades.

The tracks will be available to download here, allowing you to don a set of headphones and journey the streets of Dundee, where the buildings and spaces sing.

This tour also lasts around 45 minutes and is available until 5pm on Sunday 20 November.

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