It was its location on the southern bank of the Tay, opposite Dundee, that led to the growth of the town.
Ferries were crossing the river at this point since the early 12th century and provided one of the shortest routes from Aberdeen and Dundee to Edinburgh. The development of the road network in Fife helped encourage the building of piers to increase the convenience of the ferries and this, in turn, encouraged the wealthy industrialists of Dundee to move over the water to live in a healthier less polluted atmosphere.
A more affluent community created more up-market housing and shops which was further reinforced with the arrival of the railway and the Tay Rail Bridge in 1878. Unfortunately, the collapse of the bridge with the loss of a train and passengers in 1879 broke this rail link until the replacement bridge was opened in 1887.
Some of the commerce suffered when the Tay Road Bridge was opened in 1966 but it does mean that Newport on Tay is now very convenient for the holiday maker wishing to tour Fife, Angus or Perth and Kinross.
If you fancy A B&B where you can wake up with this view of the Tay Road Bridge out of your bedroom window, click the picture!