Walk: Dunbar's coastal playground

East Lothian | Dunbar | Short walk | ★★★

[The coast path takes in plenty of attractive coastal scenery]

With a leisure centre, golf course and excellent scenery, Dunbar's local shoreline is an extensive coastal playground and a truly lovely destination for an afternoon of leisure - though the huge outdoor swimming pool the town still seems to be so proud of closed in the 1980s. The coast path takes in the enormous sands of Belhaven Bay (most impressive at low tide) and several rocky coves, with distant views of Bass Rock and Berwick Law to the west. Back at the east end, combine it with the town's many other attractions to make a full day.

[View west to Belhaven Bay]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Dunbar's coastal playground ★★★
North Road, 10-min walk west of Dunbar town centre, G.R.: NT 673791 ///lend.those.salaried. Alternative start point in the town centre.
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Dunbar, at a slightly different point on the route | 🚗 Street parking at start - or anywhere between here & Dunbar

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 30 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Dunbar ★★★ & town sights; Dunbar cliffs & bays; Belhaven Bay ★★★
Easy | Quiet residential street & clear paths, often surfaced.

Route: Start - Dunbar - Belhaven Bay (cross bridge to explore fully) by John Muir Way / coast path - Back Road - start


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On our visit

Wildlife: Eider ducks and seagulls along the coast; nesting kittiwakes at Dunbar Castle.
Weather: Sunny, cold wind, about 10°C.

[Rocky beach near Dunbar centre]

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