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The Law

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  • The Law, Up Yon Big Hill, Law Road, Dundee, DD3 6EB

  • free

  • Open all year but hold on to your hat when windy

An extinct volcano formed around 400 million years ago, the 572-foot peak is the city's most distinctive landmark and an enduring attraction for visitors and locals.

Central to Dundee's defences for thousands of years, the Law was used as Iron Age hillfort and prehistoric graves dating to about 1500 BC have been uncovered on its slopes. Roman pottery dating from the 1st century AD has also been discovered.

The most notable find, a cup-shaped steatite lamp found during the construction of the war memorial, can be seen in the city's McManus Galleries.

In the 1820s, the Law had a 300 metre long, 3 meter diameter tunnel driven through its eastern flank to carry the Dundee to Newtyle railway. Originally drawn by horse, the first locomotive was introduced in 1833 and operated until the 1860s when a new railway line was built to skirt the hill.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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  • scottishgran

    15-Apr-2013 Report

    Great views from the top. Read all the notices giving information about Dundee. I agree with TeaAndTunnocks buy a pie from Rosebank Bakery on the way down.

  • TeaAndTunnocks

    17-Oct-2012 Report

    Take a walk up to the top of The Law (not the Law Hill, cause Law means hill) for the best views over the City of Dundee.

    On your way down again, reward yourself with the best Scottish Peh in Dundee - from Rosebank Bakery, Byron Street

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