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Dunbar Town Information

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A fishing port and seaside resort, Dunbar has been a royal burgh since the 14th century.

Above the harbour sits the ruin of a 9th century castle where ‘Black Agnes’, Countess of March, held the English at bay for five months in 1338.
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Dunbar Castle - Photo © Stanley Howe
Dunbar Castle - Photo: Stanley Howe CCL

John Muir - Photo © Eileen Henderson
John Muir - Photo: Eileen Henderson CCL

Mary Queen of Scots was brought here by James Bothwell after he kidnapped her in 1567 prior to their marriage.

The building was eventually ruined when Mary was defeated by rebellious nobles later that same year.

The name of the town’s most famous son, the pioneering conservationists John Muir (1838-1914), is remembered at the John Muir country park.

There are several beaches nearby while the limestone cliffs of Barns Ness hold many interesting fossils.

The 13th century Battle of Dunbar was fought a few miles from the town centre and a second battle, in 1650, resulted in the Scots being mercilessly slaughtered by a roundhead army. 

Dunbar Battery - Photo © Lisa J
Dunbar Battery - Photo: Lisa J CCL