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Review: Dunbar

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Scotland, United Kingdom

A little town with a lot to offer!

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Mar 2013
  • Family including children under 16

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The A1 bypasses Dunbar but its worth taking the turn off to this quaint little town, on the East Coast of Scotland,less than 30 minutes drive east of Edinburgh.



The high street is full of interesting little shops, then there is the pretty natural harbour protected by a large defensible outcrop of rock, but there are so may other attractions for visitors..



Dunbar, is the birthplace of John Muir, famous for his conservation work, there is a museum on the High Street which celebrates his life and work.



The John Muir country park includes a beautiful stretch of coastline, woodland and grassland. Its a bird watchers paradise, has a diverse collection of animal life and over 400 species of plants.The ruins of Dunbar castle are within the country park.



Out to sea, there is Bass Rock, the biggest single island gannet colony in the world. For the adventurous there are Bass Rock Landing Trips, to this exposed island. Trips should be prebooked by the Scottish Seabird Centre.



Belhaven Brewery where Robert Burns Ale is brewed alongside other Scottish Ales, offers tours, illustrating its history – the first documented evidence of Belhaven Brewey is 1719 but it is thought production on site could be pre 16th century. The tours which are prebookable also allows visitors the opportunity of seeing a working brewery.



For the sports minded, beautiful Belhaven Bay provides the opportunity for Surfing instruction. For Golfers there is Dunbar Golf Course. Dunbar Leisure centre has a great family swimming/leisure pool which our family enjoyed.



For a great family day out, East Links Family Park is well worth a visit. There is lots of fun activities for everyone, there are animals to see, a train to ride round in, go karting, and much much more.



Dunbar has a variety of cafes and restaurants to stop and have a welcome break.



Accomodation is provided in B&B's guest houses, hotels caravan and camping – Belhaven Caravan Park is within John Muir country park.



For those not wishing to drive, Dunbar has a mainline station and it is only a short, but picturesque train journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 2 Comment(s)

  • Adventurer
    almost 6 years ago
    Seems to have such a lot of hidden little town in Scotland. I wish there was many nice place in England and Wales.
  • ESW
    about 6 years ago
    It's a long time since we visited Dunbar. I have memories of an attractive old town, a bit old fashioned, but none the worse for that. From your review it is obvious you love the town and the area. It makes me want to go back.