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Bright, airy rooms with a retro vintage vibe - a great base for active outdoor holidays in the stunning East Lothian coast and countryside. Our 11 rooms (mainly twins / doubles - two ensuite) 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. We are dog friendly (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

Just a few of our guest reviews since we opened:

“It’s one of the best hostels we have ever stayed in”. 

“I really cannot praise it enough”.

“This is a hostel, but you'll have to rethink your notion of hostels”.

“The perfect hostel, for a true quirky international hostel experience book the dolphin inn, 100%”.

“Brilliant quirky hostel in the centre of this great surf town”.

“Felt more like a cosy hotel than a hostel”.

“Booked in for one night and enjoyed it so much we stayed for a second’.

“I have stayed in hundreds of hostels in Europe and this is real quality!”

“This was an amazing place to stay and exceeded all expectations. We will be staying here again!”

"What a fantastic place, a real gem. Even better than the pics’.

"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)