The town of Dunbar is on the North Sea coast of East Lothian, about 30 miles east of Edinburgh.
Dunbar is renowned for its high sunshine record, rugged coastline and attractive countryside. Dunbarís broad High Street is packed full of unique local shops and cafes, the town also provides the start or end of the John Muir Way, a long distance walking 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 - created as a tribute to conservationist John Muir.
- The iconic Bridge to Nowhere, at Belhaven Beach and has become very popular with photographers. The bridge across the Biel Water and after the tide comes in, water rushes in and fills the surrounding land, isolating the bridge.
- Visit Foxlake Adventures home to Scotlandís first wakeboarding cable tow park.
- John Muirís Birthplace, find out about John Muir, explorer, naturalist and founder of the National Parks movement in America.
- John Muirís Country Park, nature reserve complete with outdoor play park, ideal for both families and the natural history enthusiast.
- East Links Family Park, family based activity park with lots to do for all the family.
- Dunbar leisure pool, family pool with waves, flumes and slides for smaller children.
- 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 course and Dunbar Golf Club.
- Two great beaches to visit - Belhaven Bay with huge expanses of sand, great surfing and wonderful views across the Firth of Forth. Dunbar East Beach is located minutes from the High Street, sandy beach good 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 was recently featured in the American hit TV series Outlander and now managed by the National Trust for Scotland and Phantassie Doo'cot, a beehive shaped dove cot 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
- The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, home to over 50 vintage aircraft including a Spitfire, Tigermoth and Vulcan, as well as a Concorde, is just a stoneís throw away.
- 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, lovely garden centre set in a beautiful walled garden with tearooms.
The village of Innerwick lies four miles south-east of Dunbar on the North Sea coast of East Lothian. 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.
Stenton is a beautiful farming village found south-west of Dunbar in East Lothian. 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.
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