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The Dundee Law, Dundee

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The Law is an area located in the centre of Dundee, Scotland. Its predominant feature is an extinct volcano which gives it its name.GeologyThe Dundee Law, which may take its name from the Gaelic word for mound or more likely, from Anglo-Saxon hlāw (modern Scots law) meaning a (grave-)mound, is the plug of an extinct volcano. Actions by subsequent ice movements further eroded the hill and deposited more debris around the base creating a crag and tail. The shallow gradient of the slopes on the north and eastern sides of the law suggest a north easterly movement of ice flows. The hill's summit is over 500 feet above sea level.IHistoryArchaeological evidence of burials suggest that the law may have been used by human settlers 3500 years ago. During the Iron Age it was the site of a Pictish settlement. Roman pottery has been found on the law, suggesting that the Romans may have used it as a lookout post in the first century. The Law played host to an important event in 1689. On 13 April 1689 Viscount Dundee raised the Stuart Royal Standard on the Law, which marked the beginning of the first Jacobite rising.The Law has a tunnel which runs through it. Closed in the 1980s, it used to be used for the railway to Newtyle. In 2014 a campaign was started to reopen it as a tourist attraction.
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  • A good walk which rewards you with beautiful views all round the city, the Tay and sidlaw hills. You can also drive up there to enjoy the peace and quiet. 
  • Many people visit Dundee but only see it at ground level well if you want to see Dundee in all its Glory then you must go to the top of the Law Hill you can drive to the top so no hard hil...  read more »
  • Well worth the walk up the hill to see such a beautiful panorama. You can see for miles, fantastic view of both bridges, across the Tay to Fife and even up to Broughty Ferry Castle. Fabulous. 
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