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Spotlight Dunbar: coast, country and tons of charm

It’s been dubbed ‘Sunny Dunny’ thanks to a reputation for the most hours of sunshine of any UK town, and with coast-meets-countryside scenery, a charming harbour and vibrant high street, it’s little wonder Dunbar was named by the Sunday Times as “one of the best places in Scotland to live”.

For the 9000 or so locals who have taken advantage of this East Lothian town’s value for money traditional cottages, graceful Victorian homes, pleasant new-build estates and converted farm steadings, there’s a laid-back way of life fuelled by refreshing sea air, timeless charm and lots to do.

At the heart of East Lothian’s ‘golf coast’ and just 25 minutes’ train ride from Edinburgh, with a myriad of leisure attractions, independent shopping, fine restaurants and quality schools – the local secondary is among Scotland’s top 100 best performing – Dunbar is a magnet for those seeking all-important life balance.

Escape to the coast
Dunbar is easy to reach: it’s just 40 minutes’ drive along the A1 to Edinburgh and there are plans to expand its rail service.

Once a major herring and whaling port, today shellfish-laden fishing boats bob in the three harbours, while Sailing Club yachts and the local rowing club sweep by.

You can go diving or fishing and indulge in local produce served up in the town’s fine restaurants. Then, when the sun shines, Belhaven Beach’s acres of sand dunes offer space to picnic or challenge the kids to a spot of surfing.

The thrills of Foxlake Adventures – a unique wakeboarding and water ropes course – and the 20 acres East Links Family Park, two of Scotland’s leading visitor attractions, are on the doorstep.

Nature abounds
The father of America’s national parks, conservationist John Muir was born in Dunbar and it’s easy to see what inspired him: the dramatic rocky coastline meets gently rolling hills, rich woodland and big skies.

From the harbour where Sammy the resident seal – who loves a fish supper – is a local favourite, to the Bass Rock’s seabirds, woodland trails and a sprawling country park, nature’s beauty thrives.

Full of character
Dunbar’s history spans grisly tales of royal murder and centuries-old battles. But it’s not stuck in the past: the ruined Napoleonic Dunbar Battery on Lamer island recently opened for all to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and as an exciting venue for the performing arts.

Dunbar’s reputation as one of Scotland’s best places to live is well-earned. Find out more about the town and its wide range of properties on offer by chatting to Coulters’ experts.

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