Useful Information

To make your trip to Dundee and Angus as pleasant as possible, we have put together some information you may find helpful before you arrive.

Climate

Dundee is one of the sunniest cities in Scotland and enjoys an average of 1,523 hours of sunshine every year. Dundee is positioned close to the sea which means that winters can be quite mild. The average temperature for December – February is 1°C and the temperatures can reach highs of 20°C in July and August. For the rest of the year temperatures are mild and compare favourably with other cities.

Local Time

During the summer months, the UK observes British Summer Time (BST), which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Population

Dundee has a population of over 148,000 people and is known as One City, Many Discoveries thanks to its scientific contributions. Dundee has one of the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK, bringing with it an exciting and diverse nightlife, leisure and culture.

Emergency Numbers

If there is an emergency situation and a life is in danger, or a crime being committed then call 999 to be put through to police, fire rescue or ambulance services. For non-urgent emergencies such as car theft, damage to property, a minor traffic collision please call 101.

Other emergency numbers include:

- Ninewells Hospital & Medical School 01382 660111

- NHS 24 (non-emergency medical helpline) 08454 24 24 24

- Dundee Dental Hospital (daytime) 01382 425791

Smoking

In March 2006, smoking was formally banned in enclosed public places including workplaces, conference venues, hotel bedrooms, shops, restaurants and pubs across Scotland.

Designated smoking areas are available outside most shopping centres, pubs and restaurants and many come with heated panels and shelters. A penalty of £50 may be enforced to those caught smoking out with the designated area.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required prior to visiting Scotland.

Embassies & Consulates

Foreign embassies can assist visitors with lost or stolen passports and provide assistance in emergencies.  For further information, please visit Embassies and Consulates of the World.

Driving Licences

You can drive on any full foreign driving licence for up to 12 months but after that you will need a full UK driving licence. The UK Driving Test includes both practical and theory tests.

In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road. The National Speed Limit is 60mph (98km/h) on single-carriageway roads and 70mph (112km/h) on dual-carriageways and motorways.

Built-up areas have a standard 30mph (48km/h) limit in force, though in some areas (near schools, housing estates etc), it drops to 20mph but this will be clearly signed.

For further tips on driving in the UK visit Trip Advisor, or the AA.

Electricity

The UK electricity supply is 240 volts at 50 hertz (cycles). You will need to change the plugs on all electrical appliances to British plugs with three rectangular pins, or use suitable adaptors available to buy in most supermarkets, chemists and tourist shops.

Places of Worship

There are opportunities for worship in a wide range of faiths including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as multi-denominational institutions, which welcome people of all faiths or none.

Direct Dial Codes

For information on direct dialling codes to and from countries, please click here.

Directory Enquiries

You can use a service called Directory Enquiries to look up a business or person in the UK. Visit The Phone Book or call directory enquiries on 118 500.