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Holidays in Dunbar

A quirky town boasting a double harbour and beautiful stone buildings

Dunbar harbour side

Dunbar is a peaceful seaside town on the stunning East Lothian coast, not far from the English border. The town is set on red cliffs, surrounded by beaches and rolling hills. The town centre is a fascinating place to explore, with a variety of historical buildings and independent businesses.

Dunbar is a welcoming Scottish town which is an ideal base from which to explore East Lothian, especially if you’re interested in walking, shopping, golf or wildlife. The countryside surrounding the town is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts who come to make the most of stretches of deserted sea and sand, and mile upon mile of unspoilt countryside. Dunbar is proud of its heritage. The famous naturalist, John Muir, was born in the town and visitors are unlikely to spend much time in Dunbar without learning about his remarkable life-story.

Surfing, mountain-biking and a variety of other outdoor pursuits are easily accessible from Dunbar. Belhaven Beach is popular for its long stretch of golden sand. For serious walkers, there’s the John Muir Way, a long distance coastal route which covers the whole of the rugged East Lothian coast, from Dunbar to Musselburgh.

Bass Rock

East Lothian has a number of excellent golf courses, the most famous of which is Dunbar Golf Club . With spectacular scenery and a challenging, world-class course, it’s unsurprising that golfers travel from far and wide to play here.

One of the world’s most famous conservationists, John Muir, was born in Dunbar and visitors can learn about his life-long fight to protect the natural world at John Muir’s Birthplace , on the High Street. Extracts from his journals are kept here, and offer a unique insight into the life of one of Scotland’s most celebrated men.

Dunbar is located in the ‘Breadbasket of Scotland’ and has an impressive variety of eateries, from cosy pubs to fine dining restaurants. The Rocks is one of the town’s favourites thanks to its award-winning menu featuring locally sourced meat and fresh seafood. The Rocks is perched on a cliff top and is the perfect place to settle down with a glass of wine and gaze out to sea. Another popular place to grab a bite to eat in Dunbar is Creel Restaurant, which is well known for its contemporary take on traditional Scottish dishes.

“Dunbar is a peaceful seaside town on the stunning East Lothian coast, not far from the English border.”

Dunbar is just half an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the English border. With spectacular seaside scenery, intriguing history and a relaxed town centre, it’s a brilliant choice if you want to make the most of the East Lothian coast.

While you’re there

Belhaven Beach

A glorious, extensive blue flag beach within the John Muir Country Park.

Belhaven Brewery

Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional brewery makes for a fantastic visit.

Victoria Harbour

With it once being a major herring and whaling port, this beautiful harbour dates back to 1710.

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