One of the most obvious attractions of Dunbar and the surrounding area, is its coastline.
From the rugged rock pools of East Beach to the surfing sands of Belhaven, each beach, cove, and coastal walk offers something different.
Heading along the coast towards North Berwick, just a short 15-minute drive away from Dunbar, is Tyninghame beach. As with all great explorations, I found this beach almost by accident and it has become a firm favorite. To get to the vast and sandy beach from the car park, you have a choice of paths through the maze-like woodland, with a new route to explore each time, you can be on the beach in 5 minutes, or can circuit the length and breadth in just under 2 hours.
Further north is the elusive Seacliff Beach, it took me three attempts to get here. The first time, I could not find the correct turning (the beach is located down a inconspicuous farm lane), the second time I did not have the correct change (entry is controlled by a coin operated barrier – you will need 3 x £1 coins) but eventually I got there, and it was definitely worth the effort, with splendid views out to Bass Rock and the ruins of Tantallon Castle.
If you follow the coast in the other direction towards Eyemouth, you will find the hidden gem that is Cove Harbor. Now I say hidden gem, I am in no doubt that this place gets busy in peak season, so would highly recommend visiting out of peak times. I went early morning on the weekend and had the whole place to myself. With this beach, I do not want to say too much, as my words will not do it justice and it really needs to be seen to be experienced. Park at the car park, follow the path down towards the water and head through the tunnel.
For a bit more of a rugged coastal walk, I recommend St Abbs Head, a beautiful circular trail that pass the St Abbs Head Lighthouse. It is about a 30-minute drive away and is worth the journey, with breath-taking views out across the water, and an abundance of nature, you will feel like you are in the remote parts of the highlands. Afterwards, grab a coffee and potter around in the small fishing village of St Abbs.