About Dunbar Harbour


Dunbar Harbour

Situated at the mouth of the Firth of Forth Dunbar is one of East Lothian's most beautiful & popular seaside towns, it is known nationally & internationally as the birthplace of John Muir, renowned naturalist & conservationist.

Dunbar is located 30 miles east of Edinburgh and approximately 30 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed with good bus and train links both north to the Capital and South to Newcastle and beyond.

Dunbar features historic buildings, spectacular landscapes and rugged coastlines and around the harbours are attractive former warehouses and granaries. 

A town of three harbours, Dunbar was once a major herring and whaling port.Its old harbour dates from the 17th century. Dunbar Harbour is a busy working harbour with a commercial fleet landing mainly shellfish. The harbour is also home to one of the largest lifeboat stations in the area and there is a thriving Sailing Club and a Coastal Rowing Club as well as attracting many diving clubs to enjoy the seas around Dunbar.




Meeting rooms

Dunbar Harbour Trust have a meeting room available at McArthur’s Store, the fishermen's store building at Cromwell Harbour.
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Pleasure Yachts

Pleasure yachts are welcome to visit the harbour. Read our instructions how to enter the harbour.

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Water and Fuel

We have water points and power sockets available for visiting boats. There is a slipway for launching.
Fuel can be provided by can or direct into boats.


Welcome to Dunbar

Dunbar is one of East Lothian's most beautiful & popular seaside towns, it is known nationally & internationally as the birthplace of John Muir, renowned naturalist & conservationist.


Bob Clunas was invited to sail on the The Swan, from Lerwick, Shetland to Ålesund, Norway. 4 -10th August, seven days sailing and 340 nautical miles. Bob will be going back in September to sail her from the Lofotens back to Shetland . Wish him 'fair winds and rolling home'.



The History of the Swan

The Swan was launched in 1900 and is 20.5m long. She was one of the finest boats among the Scottish fishing fleet, and was the largest ever built at Lerwick in Shetland, but the Fifies’ days were numbered - steam drifters were already beginning to push sail boats out of business. Two types of vessel dominated; the Fifies, and the Zulus. These massive timber boats were unique to the Scottish fleet, and were the ultimate development in Scottish herring sail boats.

The restoration

Having survived two world wars and the threat of destruction, the ship has now been authentically restored to her former glory by The Swan Trust. The restoration was a painstaking process, which took 6 years to complete. Local craftsmen with specialist knowledge worked to faithfully restore her to her former glory. On 11th May 1996 the Swan proudly spread her wings. She was relaunched in Lerwick harbour, almost 96 years exactly since she first took to the water.

The Swan Trust offers voyages around the Shetland Islands, and to other destinations such as the Faroes, Norway, Iceland and Amsterdam.

“When you come aboard the Swan you are undertaking an adventure. You are part of the ‘hands on’ crew for that trip, and come under the command of the skipper. You will play an active role in sailing and working the ship on passage.”

Water Sports

WaterSports Kayaking
Kayaking on the sea is gaining in popularity and the beaches and reefs in East Lothian provide excellent conditions. Sea kayaking can give you a wonderful sense of exploration and adventure


WaterSports PaddleBoarding
Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddling feels as though you are gliding, or “the closest thing to walking on water”. Literally standing upright and on the top of the SUP board, the gentle activity allows a small group to move quietly across the water.


WaterSports Diving
Diving off Scotland's South East coast has been described as world class with a huge variety of ship wrecks and underwater cliff dives in and around the Forth, Bass Rock and the Isle of May!


WaterSports Sailing
Both local and visiting yachtsmen alike can be assured of a warm welcome from members of the friendly and informal Dunbar Sailing Club. The scenic harbour of Dunbar is popular with visiting yachts from far afield and close to home. .


WaterSports CoastalRowing
Coastal Rowing
Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club was established in 2010, to offer traditional rowing skills to the Dunbar and surrounding communities. The club currently has two St Ayles skiffs, The Volunteer and Black Agnes, which were built by club members.


WaterSports Surfing
Dunbar plays host to some of the best surfable waves in the area, with local surfers having surfed wave faces as big as 12ft. Local surf lessons take place at Belhaven bay, the closest consistently surfed beach to Edinburgh and Glasgow.



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Featured Projects

Lamer Island Battery

The Lamer Island Battery project is an exiting new initiative from the Dunbar Harbour Trust to bring the Lamer Island Battery back to a new life.


Have any questions? Give us a call 01368 865 404