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TideTime logo NewsOur Thanks to You! This could be one of the longest thank you notes ever written, but then it was a monster event! We hope that our visitors had a fabulous time at our first-ever Maritime Festival of the Year!

I write on behalf of the Dunbar Harbour Trust, who would like to thank each and everyone of you who contributed, participated, volunteered your services, or joined us for information, education, entertainment, food and fun at our events......

Read more of this thank you blog in the Events Section.


“So it was Sunday morning, May 8th, around 8.30am, sailing on the mighty yacht Ambition. It was a huge treat to witness these dolphins as they stayed around for ages! The pod followed us/we followed them! right across Belhaven Bay starting pretty much off Winterfield GC clubhouse. I’d say a pod of 8-12 with a few big ones all around the boat, fantastic! My best guess is they were bottlenose although I'm happily proved wrong!!

Can only hope it happens again soon!

Cheers Luke”

Photo by Luke Jeffrey

Mark Gibson opened his Crab Shack after much anticipation on May Friday 27th. May the Dunny sun shine and his business do well.

Menu includes: Crab Cakes, Fish Tacos, Lobster, Scampi , Haddock, Mussels, Beef or Veg Chilli plus Salad, Sweetcorn, Chips: all done in a variety of ways.

Opening Hours

  • May to June – Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 7pm
  • July to Sept – Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 7pm

Remember there’s other scrumptious food around the harbour to be found at Bisset’s Seafood and the Kittiwake Cafe!

PS: What do crabs need to stay healthy? Vitamin Sea!

Photo by Kenny Maule

The rowers directed this wetsuited paddle boarder to the rescue of a traffic cone, submerged below the HM’s office and difficult to access. The harbour master says: “Many thanks to these water-lovers for helping to clear the Visitors Berth today.”

Photo by the Rowing Club

The Scottish Junior Surf team is from all over Scotland. Our Ebon Parkin, Finn Clark, and Annie Herd are local and surf at Belhaven Bay, they are part of the team which will travel to Santa Cruz, Portugal on 14th July with their coach. The opening ceremony on the 15th July will be an amazing experience with the team in kilts and waving the Saltire. They have all qualified through the Scottish junior surf championships and have been training hard to showcase Scotland's best junior surfers at EuroSurf Junior 2022.

“Let battle commence!”

Video and HOW to DONATE: Crowdfunder (your donation can be by Gift Aid)

Many local people have already contributed, including £250 from Dunbar Rotary.

There's now many murals on the North Wall, a veritable North Sea Gallery. There’s 10 large murals plus 14 of Quentin's plankton & plastic project, all nicely varnished against the weather.

Local primary schooIs contributing: Dunbar, Stenton, Innerwick, West Barns, East Linton, and Belhaven Hill.

Wander along and admire – “dinna touch, noo, just admire the work o’ they bairns, will ye?”

Photo by Robin Hamilton

James Bisset and crew-member Mark, have been powerwashing the North Wall, a lot of effort. The red pointer shows one whole morning’s work so I calculated it would take 2.5 days to complete the whole length.The wall now looks absolutely amazing! Many thanks to James and Mark. What a team, well done!

Photo by Kenny Maule

What to do during Covid lockdown? Mike Kaszuba lovingly restored this beautiful wee Swallow dinghy, spending about £120 on materials and a LOT of hours sanding and varnishing. He expects to exhibit her at Tide & Time: Dunbar’s Festival of the Sea.

Come along and ask questions.

Mike has been busy for years with the Sea Cadets, you’ll have seen him often bellowing instructions to our young, future ‘able seamen’ as they row, sail, and kayak in the harbour.

Photo by Mike Kaszuba.

Dunbar’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out on 19th May after a report of activity causing concern at the castle.

After UK Coastguard paged the crew at 9.30pm, the inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched and conducted a search of the shore near the area known as ‘the Maggie’.

Shore-crew volunteers assisted coastguard teams from Dunbar, North Berwick, Fisherrow and Eyemouth. Fire crews from Dunbar and East Linton and a specialist rope unit from Edinburgh also attended, along with the police and the ambulance service’s Special Operations Response Team.

The coastguard helicopter arrived at 11.25pm and once the search was completed, the lifeboat was stood down at midnight.

Photo credit Ian Wilson

Many thanks to Karell Sime who recently hung up her hat (and her spade and wellies) as our lead gardener. Karell has been volunteering her services since the Battery officially opened after renovation, producing a wonderful display year-on-year. The Harbour Trust, Friends of Dunbar Battery and countless visitors thank Karell from the bottom of all our hearts for your efforts, commitment and dedication. Karell has bowed out with a replant of grasses and some beautiful salvias to make the bees happy ' and will still pop along occasionally.

We now welcome Lizzie Swarbrick who will take over as lead after May 7th.

Photo above from the Harbour Volunteers crew who helped reinvigorate the garden.

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