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The local area guide to living in Tayport

On the southern shore at the mouth of River Tay lies the charming small town and burgh of Tayport. Tayport is primarily a commuter town for residents who work in Dundee, which is reached by road or ferry in just ten minutes.

The charming burgh forms part of the Fife local authority and is surrounded by unique, outstanding natural beauty, including the forested dunes of Tentsmuir Nature Reserve, which extend inland from the coast to the south. Walkers, cyclists and outdoors lovers will particularly enjoy the area. The town has been ranked as better than 74% of the rest of Scotland overall by the IMD, and housing stands apart as better than 87% of the rest of Scotland.

The area will also be of interest to archaeologists and history buffs due to the many discoveries in the area from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, including weaponry, pottery and iron smelting sites, indicating a once considerable settlement area.

Information about the local residents

Tayport’s population is 3,956. The area is home to quite a few families and has an age breakdown of the following: 17% children, 61.5% working age adults and 21.5% adults of pensionable age. This is on par with average age division across the Fife local authority.

The wider ward of Tay Bridgehead has a population of 14,406, and the district of North East Fife reaches 73,461 residents.

Tayport ranks quite well according to Index of Multiple Deprivation standards. Crime rates are very low, better than 76% of the rest of Scotland, and barriers to services are also very low, at better than 81%. Income ranks better than 67% and Employment better than 63% of all other areas of Scotland.

Nearby schools

Tayport Primary School and Ferryport Nursery are located in the town centre. In its most recent care service inspection, commissioned by Fife Council, the Ferryport Nursery received very good scores in all areas. Tayport Primary School is housed in an old Victorian building that has undergone extensive renovation. Its core values are Respect, Hard work, Responsibility and Teamwork, and the school is continually improving.

To the north, Dundee offers many more school options, including secondaries. Blackness Primary and Craigiebarns Primary are two additional primary schools, and a few of its secondary schools include Craigie High School, Grove Academy, Morgan Academy, High School of Dundee and Monifieth High School. The renowned University of St Andrews lies less than 12 miles south, in the town of St Andrews.

Getting around

Tayport has very good transport connections, with good roadways and an excellent local bus network. Dundee is reached in just 6 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bus across River Tay to the north. The B945 and B946 roadways run through the town, and these connect to the A92 main road.

The town of Perth is just 30 minutes away by car or 1 hour 15 minutes by bus, and provides connection to the M90 motorway. Dundee offers the nearest railway station, from which Edinburgh can be reached within 2 hours. Edinburgh is reachable within an hour by car. Dundee also offers a very small airport that provides flights to London and Jersey.

Local shops

Tayport has many of the essential shops, but absolutely everything is available in Dundee. In Tayport town, there are several taverns, pubs and cafes, including several near the water, as well as a caravan park and the Tayport Football Club. The Scotscraig Golf Club lies immediately south of town.

Dundee offers the Overgate and Wellgate shopping centres, many high street brand stores, supermarkets, furniture and homewares stores and pharmacies. There are eateries for any palate and budget, from pubs and takeaways to upscale restaurants and waterfront cafes. Dundee also has several bars.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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