|Dundee Inner Ring Road|
|Distance:||1.8 miles (2.9 km)|
|Meets:||A85, A923, A929, A92, A991|
|Route outline (key)|
The A991 is the ring road around the central area of Dundee City. This ring road is slightly unusual in that it forms a complete ring, is entirely dual carriageway and retains its number all the way around.
Dundee Inner Ring Road
We shall start on the approach to Dundee along the A85 and go anti-clockwise around the ring road. The A85 comes into Dundee from a junction with the A90 on the western outskirts and enters the city along the edge of the river Tay. It passes under the Tay railway bridge, built after the original bridge was washed away in a storm in 1879, causing the famous railway disaster. As you approach the A991 ring road, you pass the railway station on the left and Discovery Point on the right. The latter comprises Captain Scott's Antarctic ship the RRS Discovery along with the associated exhibition, which is well worth a visit.
At Riverside Junction (formerly a roundabout), we turn right onto the A991 Ring road. Almost immediately the road splits to accommodate the northern end of the A92 Tay Road Bridge, opened in 1966. In this direction the offslip soon joins us followed by the onslip after a corner or two; in the other direction the onslip leaves before the offslip joins. The road here is named South Marketgait, although it is not clear where this starts. Another famous ship, the Frigate Unicorn, the most original Wooden Warship still in existence, is housed off to the right.
At the junction with the A92, which heads eastwards out of the city towards Arbroath, Stonehaven and Aberdeen, the A991 takes the left turn into East Marketgait. We go around “EastPort Roundabout” and on the other carriageway, the one leg of the A929 joins. A sliproad into the Wellgate shopping centre follows and then the A991 enters the Marketgait Tunnel, which is around 250 yards long. Exiting the tunnel, we come to Ladywell Roundabout, which is the other leg of the A929.
Travelling along North Marketgait, we pass the University of Abertay Dundee before we come to Dudhope Roundabout, where the A923 to Coupar Angus and Rattray heads off westwards and the A991 turns southwards. Now travelling along West Marketgait, we pass the Sheriff Court before coming to Westport Roundabout and we carry on south-westwards on Marketgait (I guess they ran out of compass points). We pass the Overgate Shopping centre on the left and then St Andrew's Cathedral on the right. Finally, we pass the other side of the railway station and come back to Riverside Junction, the start of our tour around Dundee.
Original Author(s): Jim Cobb