East Beach

Minutes from the town centre, with its shops and cafes, it can be seen from the High Street by looking down Silver Street next to the town house. Also minutes from the Leisure Pool and harbours, the beach is a great place for rock-pooling and relaxing. Dunbar's Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group help to manage the beach and it has a Seaside Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful for the first time this year.

Coast to Coast surf school runs paddle boarding from this beach and it is popular with sea-kayakers. 

There is a really good children's play garden nearby.

Parking is available at the swimming pool.

Belhaven Bay
This is a glorious, extensive beach within the John Muir Country Park.

belhaven beach

The beach stretches from Belhaven to the north of the River Tyne. It is fringed by low, sheltering sand dunes, rich salt marsh and colourful grasslands. The beach is ideal for walking, having picnics and sunbathing and affords splendid views across the Forth Estuary.

Over the years it has been used for everything from training race horses to stock car racing. Nowadays there are more gentle pursuits such as surfing or kite flying.  If you are up to walking it can be reached by the cliff top walk which starts at the swimming pool. For the less energetic there is ample parking at Belhaven and at the John Muir Country Park.

White Sands Bay.
This is an attractive compact beach with fine golden sand bounded by a rocky shore and backed by low coastal grassland spotted with picnic tables. White Sands is an ideal place for an early-morning swim. There are pleasant views to be had along the coast and is ideal for easy coastal walks.

Parking is available on the grass at the back of the beach.

This beach is approximately 1.5 miles south of Dunbar on the A1087  

For caravans there is a Caravan Club site within walking distance of this beach.

Barns Ness
This beach is just round the coast from White Sands and is accessed by the same road. The beach is mostly rocks and pebbles but the the area is a site of special Scientific Interest due to the variety and age of the rock formations. There is a Barns Ness Geological Trail with information boards and a good example of a limestone kiln.

Skateraw
A small quiet beach lying in the shadow of Torness Power Station. Less well known than the other Dunbar beaches.

Skateraw is signposted off the A1 approx 5 miles South of Dunbar just before reaching Torness. Ample parking and toilets are available. One attraction of this beach is the walkway along the seawall of the power station. Sea fishing is popular here because of the raised temperature at the power station outfall.