Welcome to Dunbar
Dunbar was an important Scottish fortress town in the Middle Ages, and the site of a decisive 1650 battle won by English forces under Oliver Cromwell. Little remains of this past, save for the tottering ruins of Dunbar Castle – where Mary, Queen of Scots, was once held hostage – overlooking the harbour. Today the town survives as a fishing port and seaside resort, famed in the USA as the birthplace of John Muir (1838–1914), pioneer conservationist and father of the US national-park system. The town centre is home to John Muir's Birthplace, the childhood home of the great man himself.
From the castle, a scenic 2-mile cliff-top trail follows the coastline west to the sands of Belhaven Bay and John Muir Country Park.