Dunbar High Street

Dunbar is among the oldest of the Royal or King's burghs in Scotland. It became a Royal Burgh in 1370 under King David II, which bestowed many privileges, including the right to trade in Wool, Animal Hides, Fish and Many other commodities. The High Street was the main thoroughfare where all business was transacted, following the standard blueprint for a Royal Burgh with a Castle at one end and the local church at the other. As the town developed the old temporary market stalls become incorporated into the building with stallholders becoming shopkeepers trading on the ground floor and living with their families above.


Dunbar's High street remains the Hub of the town, it's shops, cafes and restaurants offer a wide range of choice to both residents and visitors alike.

John Muir Statue

Priding themselves on a friendly and helpful service the majority of the high street is still independent trades, unlike many towns across the UK you will find unique one off shops and cafes. If you find yourself visiting during one of the many festivities held in the town, be it Civic Week, Xmas Lights switch on or Lifeboat day the High street is the place to be.