Visiting Dunbar – Things to do & see

Hello wanderers, I’m thrilled to have you here. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Dunbar, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you and provide some tips on what to do in this charming town.

Dunbar, situated on the east coast of Scotland, is a hidden gem known for its serene ambiance, coastal walks, lush forests, golf courses, and its association with the renowned naturalist John Muir. If you’re seeking a connection with nature and a taste of slow living, Dunbar is the perfect destination. Due to its compact size, 2-3 full days are more than enough to explore its many attractions.

Getting to Dunbar from Edinburgh is a breeze, with frequent train services running almost every hour. Alternatively, you can opt for the X7 bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar, both providing comfortable and reliable transportation options. Now, let’s delve into the things you can do and see in Dunbar.

The John Muir Country Park (Free)

This park is an absolute must-visit, offering miles of coastal paths and sandy beaches to explore. Named after John Muir, a Scottish naturalist who played a pivotal role in establishing national parks in the United States, the park showcases the beauty of Dunbar’s coastline. Make sure to visit the John Muir’s Birthplace museum to learn more about his extraordinary life and impactful work. John Muir’s story is truly inspiring and showcases the power of one person to make a difference.

Joke: Why did the alpaca bring an umbrella to the John Muir Country Park? In case of alpacalypse!

John Muir Alpacas (Paid)

Located near The John Muir Country Park, this delightful attraction is home to adorable alpacas. It’s a charming gem that’s perfect for a visit with your family, friends, or even a stress-relieving solo trip. They say that petting alpacas lowers stress levels, so why not give it a try? Remember to book your tickets in advance for £20.00 per person.

Joke: What do you call an alpaca that sings? An alpacapella!

Dunbar Woodland Park (Free)

If you’re looking for a serene nature experience without extensive walking, head to Dunbar Woodland Park. This beautiful forest is ideal for morning walks, hikes, or cycling. Take a moment to appreciate the peace and tranquility the woodlands offer.

Joke: Why was the tree always so self-conscious? It had low elf-esteem!

East Links Family Park (Paid)

For a day of fun and adventure, East Links Family Park is a fantastic choice. Whether you’re interested in farming, love cute countryside animals, or simply want to entertain your kids, this park has it all. Enjoy go-karting, trampolines, a soft play area, and even a challenging maze. The highlight for many visitors is the chance to pet and feed the adorable farm animals. Tickets to the park are currently priced at £15 per person, with a reduced rate of £7.50 for kids under the age of 2.

Joke: What did the farmer say after he lost his tractor? “Where’s my tractor?”

Water Sports (Paid)

Dunbar is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering fantastic opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. With pristine beaches and favorable coastal conditions, it’s no surprise that water sports are incredibly popular here. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner eager to try something new, Dunbar’s coastal waters provide the perfect playground. Plan your visit during the summer and spring months to make the most of Scotland’s weather.

Golf (Paid)

Scotland, the birthplace of golf, is an ideal destination for golf enthusiasts, and Dunbar proudly embraces this rich tradition. Prepare to be enchanted by not just one, but two magnificent golf courses that offer breathtaking views. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a beginner eager to tee off, Dunbar’s courses will captivate you with their scenic beauty and challenging fairways. Immerse yourself in the game that originated in Scotland and experience golfing nirvana with the magnificent North Sea as your backdrop. It’s a golfer’s paradise you won’t want to miss!

Would you like to experience Dunbar through my eyes? Then, I invite you to visit my YouTube channel and check out my solo trip to this cute little town.

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