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Dundee Law (174m) and Balgay Hill (143m) , Dundee, Eastern Scotland


These two hills lie within the built-up area of the City of Dundee, providing the opportunity for some tough hiking routes during your lunch break or as a healthy alternative to retail therapy!  The Dundee Law is the more prominent feature, its hilltop memorial visible from the centre of town.   

For those wanting a longer hike, the Law and Balgay can be combined in a half-day walk, described here.  You will enjoy a visit to Britain's only full-time public observatory and, on a clear day, the finest view of any city in Britain.  Both hilltops can also be reached by car, if you are just looking for a gentle walk with a view. You can also combine these with The Miley.

  • My memories are mainly of lunchtime runs up through the peaceful woods of Balgay Hill, a real break from the office!
  • The best bits are the view from the Law, and the woods on Balgay
  • The funniest aspect is that I saw the Law from a distance for many years before finding the way up
  • The only words of warning would be to take either walk gently - these are real hills

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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

The top of the Law

The top of the Law, looking south towards Fife

Key Facts

Location City of Dundee, Eastern Scotland
When it was walked Numerous occasions
Walk type Countryside paths and easy hills
Difficulty Some stamina required, and stout footwear
Distance approx Combined, about 5 miles / 8 km from centre of Dundee
Height climbed approx Around 800 ft / 250m for both hills
Time taken approx 2 hours
Map used if any Dundee street maps available locally
Source of info on walk Previous runs and walks
Getting there Walking from Dundee centre
Places to stay Choice of hotels and guest houses in and around Dundee
Places to eat/ buy food Shops and restaurants in Dundee and Broughty Ferry
Other attractions Mills Observatory