Activities in East Lothian
There are surprisingly good conditions for surfing and bodyboarding off Belhaven beach, and Dunbar’s Coast to Coast Surf School (March to November) offers friendly instruction even for total beginners with equipment and wetsuits provided. They also offer adventure trips to other destinations depending on weather conditions and wave potential. The surf school’s hub and summer office is a short walk from the hotel.
There’s no shortage of things for all ages to enjoy in and around Dunbar. Families with young children will enjoy our sandy beaches on warm summer days, or a visit to the farm-themed East Links Family Park with its train safari, go karts, trampolines and soft play. Dunbar Leisure Pool provides an indoor play beach whatever the weather, with a wave machine, water jets and giant flume.
Dunbar High Street is an eclectic mix of independent retailers. Hotels, pubs and cafes sit alongside shops selling food products, home furnishings, hardware and sports accessories. Visitors will enjoy browsing the friendly galleries, antique and gift shops.
Why not get closer to nature by spending some time at John Muir Country Park? This is a protected coastal area of salt-marsh and grassland that will reward keen “twitchers” (bird watchers) with an amazing diversity of species such as kittiwake, eider ducks, sand martins and whooper swans. Worth checking out too is the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick.
If ancient castles capture your imagination then East Lothian won’t disappoint - there were 32 at the last count! If whisky is more your idea of Scotland than castles, the nearby village of Pencaitland produces one of the classic Lowland malts at Glenkinchie Distillery which is open to the public. Located right here in Dunbar is Belhaven Brewery which has been producing the local ale since 1719 and which offers conducted tours.
We could also suggest taking the boat trip from North Berwick for an up-close look at the Bass Rock, once a notorious prison for Covenanters and now home to a raucous colony of gannets. Or why not browse the classic car collection at Myreton Motor Museum, Aberlady, or climb aboard Concorde and see other notable aircraft at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune?