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Bright, airy rooms with a retro vintage vibe - a great base for active outdoor holidays in stunning East Lothian coast and countryside. Our 11 rooms (mainly twins / doubles) offer ideal accommodation for families, groups, couples and individuals - beds from £25 per night. Whole hostel hire also available, 27 beds in total.

Book your East Lothian break now and start planning your holiday activities,

The hostel is within a short walk of the East Beach, High Street, harbours and railway station. Dunbar is well served by both rail and bus services and sits alongside the A1 motorway.

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Dunbar, East Lothian

30 miles from Edinburgh and Berwick.

Beaches, harbours, history and a wealth of outdoor activities. So much to do we created a website to showcase everything:

"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world"

John Muir (born in Dunbar in 1838)

Hostel Info

The Dolphin has eleven rooms arranged over two upper floors - four twins, five doubles, one triple and a bunk room. Ideal for individuals, couples and small groups.

If you are looking for an active seaside holiday you will find our hostel offers an affordable break with room layouts designed to suit all types of guests. We can also accommodate family or groups of up to eight or we can let individual floors or the entire building for larger gatherings.

There are plenty of bathrooms on each floor and two of the double rooms have ensuite facilities. Some rooms have space for a cot bed, please enquire directly.

Prices from £25 per night. Dogs are allowed in some rooms (please advise at time of booking).

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Services and Facilities

Lounge / Dining Area

Self Catering Kitchen

Laundry / Drying room

Secure bike and board storage


Homegrown Herbs and Salads

We look forward to welcoming you to stay with us at the Dolphin Inn, an independent hostel situated in Dunbar’s historic town centre, minutes from the beach and harbour. Hostelling has come a long way from the days when shared dorm beds were the norm and the Dolphin, like many hostels, now offers smaller private rooms - some with ensuite facilities. Although we do have one shared dorm room for those in bigger groups or a tight budget.

When we have travelled, some of our best memories are from hostel stays where rooms are good value and days are spent outdoors discovering the local area. Residents share tips and experiences, chat over meals, meet new people and form new connections. It is a unique experience.

We have designed this hostel with a retro vintage flair, reflecting characterful hostels that have opened up around the world creating memorable travel experiences for budget travellers. We have been inspired by the activities and sights around Dunbar, our own travels and sometimes just something that caught our eye in a vintage store.

This is a new venture for us and one that we hope you will enjoy. See you soon!

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in"

John Muir (born in Dunbar in 1838)