As shared by a guest.

I discovered solo hostelling years ago, a way to see remote and beautiful places at an affordable price. Many times it is the only option as other accommodation does not take singles, or you pay over the odds for a room the size of a shoe box.

I found the Dolphin Inn by chance after a stay in Edinburgh, seeking a quiet contrast I came across Dunbar and the Dolphin – a coastal paradise.

The place is bright and airy and beautifully decorated, a bus stop from Edinburgh is right outside where buses also run to North Berwick and other East Lothian towns. The hostel is also 2 minutes from the train station!

My twin room was spacious, bright and airy (as are all the rooms I have stayed in since – frequent flyer). Breakfast is a selection of toast and cereal, tea and coffee, more than enough to set you up for the day and complimentary for guests. The rooms are spotless, warm, with great showers and all very affordable.

All restaurants, takeaways, small food shops are no more than 15 minutes walk as is the sea and the harbour. For a larger shop at ASDA it is only a 5 minute bus ride to the outskirts of the town.

Dunbar is full of character and characters, the people are so friendly and welcoming as are the hostel staff. It is a fantastic base to explore East Linton, Smeaton Gardens, Belhaven Beach, North Berwick and Tantallen Castle – all by bus. In the summer it is possible to take a flying visit to Lindisfarne in Nortumberland (by both train and bus). The East Coast bus day rider is a reasonable ticket price (£8 in 2022), with gives unlimited travel from Edinburgh and around the East Coast.

Solo hostelling gives the single traveller the security of having others around but the option of keeping to yourself if space is what you seek. I would highly recommend giving solo hostelling a go, it is a great way to travel safely and meet like minded people and exchange travel tips.

I work in the city and after years of being in a rural location, which I miss, I use the Dolphin Inn as my escape to the sea and a chance to unwind.

A Happy Traveller (November 22)