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The picturesque town of Dunbar is on the coast of the beautiful county of East Lothian and provides great amenities such as historic buildings and spectacular landscapes.
Visitors to the area come for the views of Bass Rock, and the John Muir Country Park as well as the rugged coastline and attractive countryside. The town is renowned for its high sunshine record and is steeped in history having been one of the most important Scottish Fortresses in the Middle Ages.
Its ruined castle stands guard over the town's Victoria harbour and sheltered Mary Queen of Scots when she fled Edinburgh after the murder of Rizzio. In the opposite corner of the harbour is a fortified artillery battery while further to the south east again is the Cromwell Harbour. The completion of this in 1730 led to Dunbar's dramatic growth as a fishing and, for a time, whaling port.


Dear Visitor with drone,

All drone-users in the U.K. must comply with the CAA's guidance, for rules that apply to you, see https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/

If you're using a 'toy drone' less than 250 grams, see http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/images/PDF/Drone_Code_2021

You would be wise to call the Harbour Master beforehand who can advise on safe positions, wind, weather and the presence of large groups of people. Our harbour hosts RNLI fete-day, Sparking Dunbar, and music events, all of which change the CAA 'rules', as you will know!  

For the Harbour Master: see CONTACT on this web-site. Please remember the harbour-area is private land and subject to local bye-laws. Keep safe! Thank you.





Boat Angling from Dunbar is very popular with mackerel, plenty of cod and other species being caught. Cod and ling to over 9lbs and pollack over 6 lbs have been reported. Andara II  runs charter fishing trips from the harbour. Or you can  launch your own boat for only £12 per launch, or £106  for the season. Water and power are now available beside the slipway.

A large part of the Dunbar Fishing Fleet is made up of creel boats.

Creel fishing is referred to as a ‘passive’ or ‘static’ form of fishing as the baited creels are dropped from the boat to the seabed where they soak until they are next retrieved by the vessel.

The main species targeted in Scotland are prawns, lobster and crabs. Different bait is used depending on what species is being targeted. The creel is generally made of round steel bar which is plastic coated and then covered with netting. Target species enter via small netted tunnels on either side of the creel.
Creel fishing takes place around Scotland’s coast and the boats that make up the inshore creel fishery are small - usually under 10 metres long- which means that engine size and weather dictate how far from shore, and how often they can fish. One or two people normally crew a creel boat.

The carbon footprint (in particular fuel consumption) is minimal compared to other methods of fishing as the majority of boats are small and fish relatively close to shore.

Dunbar Harbour Trust has shown a commitment to making the habour accessible and affordable to all users. They have listened to public opinion and kept the price for Day launching at £12 and £106 for the season.
Just an hour from Edinburgh, Dunbar is an accessible centre for East Coast Sea Angling with good inshore fishing close to the harbour. The main species are codling and mackerel with ling, pollock, coalfish and ballan wrasse for variety.
The harbour provides facilities for launching your own boat (see the section on Day Launching for details) and is also the home of Andara II charter boat operating from spring to late autumn which, in addition to boat hire, can provide rods, reels, bait etc
Andara 11
Licensed for up to six anglers.
For further details contact Trevor on 07515 009214 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.andara2.co.uk

Dunbar lies just off the A1, 25 miles east of Edinburgh. The harbour entrance at Dunbar, to the east of Edinburgh, is guarded by what was once a grand castle. The castle may have fallen into a state of disrepair recently, but the diving beyond the harbour walls is as good as ever.

An offshore pinnacle and three wrecks are waiting to be investigated, but shore diving is superb, too, as you might guess by looking out from the old cavalry fort at the south end of the harbour towards the five small islands just offshore.

The Fishermen’s Monument is a Grade B listed structure which stands in the south corner of the innermost basin of Dunbar Old Harbour. The monument was erected in 1856 by local benefactor, William Brodie of Seafield.  It was dedicated to the fishermen of Dunbar and also housed a useful weather forecasting mercury barometer which was installed by Adie and Sons of Edinburgh. 
The Fisherman’s Monument was restored in 1998 under the umbrella of the Dunbar Initiative Project. Michelle De Bruin was commissioned to re-carve the main decorative panels including the A H Ritchie marble relief (not plaster, as it was commonly perceived), and local building contractor John Smith and Son carried out general repairs to the monument.
In 2012 the Dunbar Shore  & Harbour Neighbourhood Group raised funds which were kindly donated by Viridor Credits and East Lothian Council which, together with private donations, allowed Graciella Ainsworth to restore damaged stonework and repaint the monument. The lime wash now needs to be refreshed regularly to keep the monument in good condition and the current use of lime wash will allow the stone to breathe and will prevent further deterioration. 

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