Welcome to Friends of Balgay

Friends of Balgay is a community group formed in 2003. The aim of Friends of Balgay is to enhance and protect the beautiful open spaces of Balgay Park and Hill in order that they can be used and enjoyed by many generations to come.

The Park is an ancient estate situated in the west end of Dundee and has been in public ownership since 1871. Since then it has undergone many changes but it remains essentially a 'People's Park' and is dear to the hearts of local residents.

Friends of Balgay organises regular activities such as litter picks and plantings. It also facilitates initiatives and projects such as gate painting and installation of trail signs and plaques in order to enhance visitor experience.
We hope you will enjoy surfing our website to find out what Balgay Park and Hill have to offer and we hope it will encourage you to visit the park and enjoy its tranquil beauty.

If you are interested in joining Friends of Balgay, please contact by emailing friendsofbalgay@yahoo.co.uk.


The Friends of Balgay had its Spring 2019 meeting on Saturday 27th April at the Mills Observatory.

Keith Walker, local artist and archivist, gave a  talk on “Old Balgay – 1600 to 1800” and was very well received.

Past Friends of Balgay events in 2018 :

The Friends of Balgay Spring 2018 litter pick took place on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Many thanks to all who helped.

The Spring 2018 Friends of Balgay meeting took place on Saturday 28th April at the Mills Observatory.

Author and historian Murdo Fraser gave a talk on 'Montrose and Argyll' - his recent book.

Some of the team from a litter pick at Balgay Park and Hill!


It was with great sadness that we advised that Dr Hilda Spear passed away on Saturday 10th May 2014.    Hilda was for many years the Chair of the Friends of Balgay and remained very active on the committee.

Hilda did so much for the local community through her work at and campaigning for Balgay Park.   

She is very sadly missed indeed.

Hilda's Obituary appeared in The Herald on 3rd June 2014 and you can read this here.

Mills Observatory
Situated in at the top of Balgay Hill, entrance to the Observatory is free. To find out more about the Observatory click here.