Dunbar, East Lothian

Exploring the historic town of Dunbar and its nearby coastline

A day trip to Dunbar, East Lothian, in mid-May. We walked around the harbour, and from there along the coastal path, over a golf course to the Belhaven Bridge. The harbour is full of interesting features, including murals painted by local school pupils, and a nesting site for kittiwakes and other seabirds on the cliffs, rocks and walls of an old castle by the harbour. There are plenty of interpretation signs around the harbour to learn more about its history - according to the Dunbar Harbour Trust, there are 32 in total.

In nearby Belhaven there's a famous brewery; we didn't have time for a tour but plan to try it out another time. All of this is accessible within less than half an hour by train from Edinburgh Waverley station, on the East Coast Main Line which goes all the way to London King's Cross. We finished our walk back at Dunbar railway station with a cold beer at the Station Yard micropub and beer garden, which felt like a true sign of the approaching summer.

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