Dunbar East

Dunbar East beach can be a sandy beach, a rocky beach, or a bit of both, as it is quickly affected by either the building or erosive power of the sea.
Rockpools are a feature enjoyed by many. It is actively managed by East Lothian Council in partnership with the Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Improvement Group.
The access to the beach is via a steep ramp or access steps. Regular community litter clean ups and events take place on the beach.


Dunbar’s strategic location gave rise to a history full of incident and strife; but Dunbar has become a quiet dormitory town popular with workers in nearby Edinburgh, who find it an affordable alternative to the capital itself. Until the 1960s, the population of the town was little more than 3,500. Dunbar is home to the Dunbar Lifeboat Station, the second-oldest RNLI station in Scotland. 

Dunbar is the birthplace of the explorer, naturalist and influential conservationist John Muir. The house in which Muir was born is located on the High Street, and has been converted into a museum. The John Muir Country Park is located to the north-west of the town. The eastern section of the John Muir Way coastal path starts from the harbour.

Natural Space

A beach with a mixture of rocky areas and sections of sand, the beach is a great place for rock-pooling and has good views of the harbour and out to the Forth estuary. 


Minutes from the town centre, with its shops and cafes, it can be seen from the High Street by looking down Silver Street next to the town house. Also minutes from the Leisure Pool and harbours.

Getting There

There are rail and bus links to the centre of Dunbar. The beach runs parallel to the High Street. Sustrans NCN 76 also runs close to the beach.

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