The town of Dunbar is on the North Sea coast about 30 miles east of Edinburgh and 30 miles from the English border north of Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
Dunbar is renowned for its high sunshine record, rugged coastline and attractive countryside. Dunbarís accessible wide High Street is packed full of unique local shops and food and drink establishments. The town also provides the start or end of the John Muir Way, a long distance walking and cycling route between Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and Dunbar.
What to see and do...
- The Dunbar Bear (Dunbear) situated on Bear Hill close to the A1 behind Asda supermarket - the sculpture was created as a tribute to conservationist John Muir and his connection with the town.
- The iconic Bridge to Nowhere, at Belhaven Beach has become very popular with photographers. The bridge sits across the Biel Water and after the tide comes in, water rushes in and fills the surrounding land, isolating the bridge. At low tide you can walk over the bridge to access the beach and beyond.
- Visit Foxlake Adventures home to Scotlandís first wakeboarding cable tow park and the UK's only rope course over water.
- John Muirís Birthplace, find out about John Muir, explorer, naturalist and founder of the National Parks movement in America.
- John Muir Country Park, a nature reserve complete with outdoor play park, ideal for both families, walk walkers and the natural history enthusiast.
- East Links Family Park, a family based activity park suitable for all ages. There's lots of activities including go karts, trampolines, soft play ball blast area, multi activity fortress, mini golf and a train safari which runs through paddocks of friendly farm animals.
- Dunbar leisure pool, family pool with wave machine, beach area, flume and other exciting water features.
- Take a walk down to the fishing harbour and see the ruins of Dunbar Castle or explore the ruined Battery on Lamer Island which has been transformed into special location for events.
- There are two golf courses in Dunbar, Winterfield Golf Club and Dunbar Golf Club a championship links course.
- Two great beaches to visit - Belhaven Bay with huge expanses of sand, great surfing and wonderful views across the Firth of Forth. East Beach is located minutes from the High Street, a sandy beach and great for rockpooling.
East Linton is a beautiful small country village between Haddington and Dunbar. The agricultural town lies on the River Tyne, 22 miles east of Edinburgh. You can take a seat in the Square and watch the water in the fountain sparkle in the sun or take a walk to Preston Kirk which has a fascinating graveyard complete with cast iron headstones. East Linton is also home to Preston Mill, which featured in the American hit TV series Outlander and Phantassie Doo'cot, a beehive shaped dovecot from the 16th century.
What to see and do...
- Take a stroll from the Square down Mill Wynd to The Linn, the waterfall that gives East Linton its name.
- Preston Mill, an unusually shaped old water mill in a beautiful picturesque setting, last working mill in East Lothian, visitors can still see working machinery on a tour.
- Visit Smeaton Nursery, a lovely garden centre set in a beautiful walled garden with tearooms.
- The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, home to over 50 vintage aircraft including a Spitfire, Tigermoth and Vulcan and Scotland's Concorde, is just a stoneís throw away.
The village of Innerwick lies four miles south-east of Dunbar on the North Sea coast. A couple of miles inland and well hidden from the roadside, stand the ruins of Innerwick Castle. Perched on a sandstone outcrop, it overlooks Thornton Glen managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Built by the Stewart family, the castle held a strategic position against repeated English invasion until 1548, when it was captured and destroyed by the Duke of Somerset. Nearby is the remains of Doon Hill where Scotland's first generation farmers built a huge timber hall almost 6,000 years ago.
Located beside Torness Power Station is Thorntonloch Beach, a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for walks and the John Muir Way passes nearby. From here, you can walk to Bilsdean waterfall and Dunglass Collegiate Church founded in the 1440s by the Home Family.
Stenton, which means 'Stone town', is a beautiful farming village found south-west of Dunbar, This picturesque village goes back to the 1500's where it was, and still is, an agricultural village made up of large pieces of farmland. It's home to a gothic Parish Church which was built in 1829 and has fine stained glass windows from the late 19th century of various scenes.
Pressmennan Wood is beautiful mature woodland and sits on a vantage point overlooking Pressmennan Lake and the surrounding countryside. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, such as deer, owls, otters & bats as well as some strange mythical creatures, 'Glingbobs and 'Tootflits'. Kids will love searching for their hidden homes in the trees.