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Balgay is located in Dundee
 Balgay shown within the City of Dundee
OS grid reference NO374309
Council area City of Dundee
Lieutenancy area Dundee
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNDEE
Postcode district DD2
Dialling code 01382
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dundee West
Scottish Parliament Dundee City West
List of places

Coordinates: 56°27′58″N 3°01′03″W / 56.466060°N 3.017575°W / 56.466060; -3.017575

Balgay (Gaelic: Baile (na) Gaoithe) is a suburb in the west end of Dundee, Scotland. The name, derived from Gaelic, seems to mean 'stead of the marsh/wind' .[1] During the 17th century, Balgay House was built and now this has become incorporated into Royal Victoria Hospital. Balgay Hill and Victoria Park were acquired by Dundee City Corporation in 1870 as public parks. The Mills Observatory designed by James MacLellan Brown was added in 1935 at the summit of the 143m hill. It is the only full-time public observatory in UK.

Mills Observatory, located on the summit of Balgay Hill

Lochee Park is situated east of Balgay and has a perimeter of 1½ miles (approx). The park annually hosts firework displays to celebrate Bonfire Night in conjunction with Radio Tay roadshow. Primary schools in Balgay include Hillside Primary School and Ancrum Road Primary School. Menzieshill High School is also nearby.

Balgay is now part of the Lochee ward, and after the council elections on May 3, 2007, the Councillors are Nigel Don, Bob Duncan, (both Scottish National Party), John Letford and Tom Ferguson, (both Labour)

Many bus routes in Dundee pass through Balgay including Travel Dundee bus services 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 22/22c and Stagecoach Strathtay services 72, 73 and 75. Services 17, 22/22c, 72, 73 and 75 usually terminates at the Ninewells Hospital terminus.


  1. ^ Nicolaisen, W.F.H. Scottish Place Names pp139

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