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Review: Dunbar


Scotland, United Kingdom

Dunbar - an east coast gem.

  • By SilverTraveller Ian.Waugh

    214 reviews

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  • Jul 2012
  • Family including children under 16

24 people found this review helpful

Had a long weekend in Dunbar with our (8-y-o) grandson, and it worked beautifully. On the beach 3 days out of 3 (his first venture into salt water that moved!); coinciding with the annual lifeboat fete on the Saturday – so lots to do there; and a very good ‘family playground’ at the East Links end of town – one where the adults joined in instead of just watching and getting bored. Good fun hunting golf-balls amongst the rocks at low tide; and kite-flying on a large stretch of grass behind the indoor swimming pool (modern one with water slides etc). We didn’t indulge ourselves, but surfing at Belhaven Bay seemed popular. Dunbar is on the East Coast mainline railway, so accessed from King’s Cross in London and all stops to Edinburgh. Three golf courses for those who like following the wee white ball around (two by the sea, hence the golf-ball hunt in the rocks!). A variety of good local shops (including baker, fishmonger, fresh veg and butchers for the self-catering) – and restaurants, pubs and cafes. Being a working fishing harbour, local seafood is available in restaurants and shops. Dunbar Museum is on the High Street – as is the birthplace of John Muir, renowned worldwide for his pioneering conservation work, and now converted into a visitor attraction. Accommodation options include hotels; B&B; and caravan/camping (or even mooring your boat in the harbour). Being the home of the Belhaven Brewery, their beer is widely available locally – and brewery tours can be booked in advance – adult price £5, and £3 for concessions. With nobody under 14 allowed, we couldn’t get on the tour this time around – but will fix-up alternative arrangements for our next visit (otherwise can’t do a review!). There's an aircraft museum nearby – housing a Concorde aircraft – and a number of historic sites and good walks, coastal and inland – including the John Muir Way – a long-distance walk linking Edinburgh to the Scotland/England border.

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