East Beach (Dunbar)

East Beach (Dunbar) - Lothian
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Dunbar is a popular seaside resort about 30 miles east of Edinburgh.

The town’s East Beach is a mix of sand and shingle stretching south-east from the harbour. The beach is quite popular with kayakers and a surf school runs paddle boarding sessions here.

When the tide is out a number of rockpools are exposed. At certain times of year and in certain conditions a large amount of kelp can be deposited here by the sea.  The waves have also been responsible for washing away sand from this beach in the past.

At the north end the beach is backed by a sea wall which forms part of the old harbour.  A golf course lies adjacent to the southern end of the beach.

Dunbar town centre with its shops, cafes and places to stay is just a few minutes’ walk away.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Rock pooling
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town



EH42 1GT

OS grid ref.

NT 6835 7886

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