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Living in Tayport: The local area guide

The small town and burgh of Tayport lies on the coast of Scotland, at the southern edge of the mouth of River Tay. Across the river, the stark features of Broughty Castle cuts a striking figure. The town is part of the Fife local authority and just across the river from the larger town of Dundee, reached by bridge or ferry.

Tayport is an excellent town to call home, graced by uniquely beautiful, natural surroundings and benefitting from many local amenities. Many residents commute to Dundee, which is reached in under ten minutes. It’s been ranked as better than 74% of the rest of Scotland, with housing better than 87% of the rest.

To the southeast of town, the expansive forested sand dunes of Tentsmuir Nature Reserve stretch along the coast, offering a very unique habitat rich with wildlife for walking, cycling and general exploration. Many Neolithic artefacts have been discovered in the area, including pottery and pieces of hunting and fishing weaponry. The area was also once a sizeable settlement in the Bronze Age, and many Celtic artefacts have been found near former iron-smelting sites.


The town of Tayport has a population of 3,956. There are quite a few families in the area, and the age breakdown includes about 17% children, 61.5% working age adults and 21.5% adults of pensionable age. This is almost exactly on par with the averages across the local authority of Fife.

Income and Employment in Tayport are ranked at 67% and 63% better than the rest of Scotland, respectively, and barriers to services are very low, ranking at better than 81%. Crime rates are also very low and are better than 76% of other areas in Scotland.


Tayport Primary School is located in the town centre. The school includes a nursery as well, the Ferryport Nursery, which received very good scores in its most recent Fife Council care service inspection. The primary school aims to create a safe, nurturing environment for pupils and pursues continual improvement. Its stated core values are Respect, Hard work, Responsibility and Teamwork. The school is set in a lovely Victorian building with extensive refurbishments.

Just a short drive across Tay Road Bridge into Dundee, however, school options are greatly expanded. Secondary schools in Dundee include Grove Academy, Morgan Academy, High School of Dundee and Monifieth High School, among several others.

For higher education, less than 12 miles to the south along the coast is the renowned University of St Andrews.


Tayport has an excellent bus network throughout the town, which travels over the bridge to Dundee in 10 minutes. Road connections are also excellent, as Tayport lies along the B945 and B946, which connects to the A92 main road. The M90 motorway can be reached via the city of Perth, which is about 26 miles away, 30 minutes by car and about 1 hour 15 minutes by bus.

The nearest train station is close by in Dundee. Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, can be reached within 2 hours via train from Dundee, and is about a one hour drive. Dundee also has a very small airport with flights to London and Jersey.

Amenities and shopping

Tayport benefits from many local shops and amenities, with several taverns, pubs and cafes near the water. Tayport has a lovely seaside caravan park, the Scotscraig Golf Club immediately south and its own Football Club. The St Andrews Links golf course is within easy reach just over 15 minutes to the south.

Dundee widens the shopping, dining and amenities offering extensively, including the Overgate and Wellgate shopping centres, high street stores, pharmacies, furniture and homewares stores and several supermarkets. There are all manner of eateries and cuisine, from upscale restaurants to cosy dockside cafes. Dundee also offers many cocktail bars and pubs.

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