Sunny Dunny: Dunbar

For Jo’s Monday Walk this week, I’m going to take you round Dunbar in East Lothian, affectionately known as Sunny Dunny (which it was). And look! Just below the Leisure Centre where we parked are some lovely benches overlooking Victoria Harbour. I hoped I could kill two birds with one stone and also enter Jude’s Bench Series. I had it in my head that she was looking for benches by the sea in May, but when I check more carefully it specifically says “at the beach”. No beach in view here, just the harbour! Hmm, maybe I’ll get away with it……

Anyway, click on the links above to find out more about both challenges and what other people have been writing about.

We didn’t linger on the benches, but headed uphill onto the High Street to start our walk there. Dunbar is famous for being the birthplace (in 1838) of John Muir who later emigrated to the USA and was instrumental in setting up the National Parks system. His house is still there and is now an excellent museum. Across the road is the Town House Museum and a statue of John Muir as a boy.

After perusing the shops and cafes of the High Street, we headed downhill again, past the Volunteer Arms (does a good pub lunch) to Cromwell Harbour, which dates from the 16th century, and the Battery which was built in 1781 to defend the town from privateers.

Next, we headed back over to Victoria Harbour which was built in the 1840s by blasting away some of the rocks the castle was built on. There’s not much left of the castle now, but it makes a nice home for a colony of kittiwakes.

We also discovered that Dunbar was home to the inventor of the ship’s propeller, Robert Wilson, though he didn’t get credit for it apparently.

Finally, it was time to climb back up to the car park, looking back at the castle and admiring the statue of girl and swan before we left.

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42 thoughts on “Sunny Dunny: Dunbar

  1. helenmackinven May 11, 2015 / 16:20

    I’ve never been to Dunbar before so must put that right soon!

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    • Anabel Marsh May 11, 2015 / 16:31

      I honestly can’t believe how I overlooked this part of the country. It’s beautiful, and we have a list of things still to do.

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  2. restlessjo May 11, 2015 / 18:38

    I confuse Dunbar and Dundee, but I’ve never been to either. 🙂 This looks a pretty little seaside spot. I’m sure you could have found a bucketful of sand for Jude if you’d looked around the corner. I would have cheated and brought it along to stand beside the bench 🙂 It’s ok- she doesn’t mind the odd cheat 🙂 And it’s a very nice bench shot, so everyone’s happy. Especially me for being included in your walk. Many thanks, Anabel!

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    • Anabel Marsh May 11, 2015 / 18:50

      Thanks Jo. Dunbar and Dundee are VERY different and neither would probably be flattered by the comparison!

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    • Heyjude May 12, 2015 / 00:39

      It’s just up the coast from you Jo, what are you waiting for?
      😉

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      • restlessjo May 12, 2015 / 06:26

        I’ve been struggling to get as far as Northumberland for the longest time, let alone over the border 🙂

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        • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 07:48

          It’s on the East Coast main line – just a short adventure away.

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        • Heyjude May 12, 2015 / 12:03

          Once I am settled I feel that I must do a road-trip around our coastline. I’d thought about by bike until I read Sue Slaght’s post o_O

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  3. Nadine May 11, 2015 / 19:00

    Great photos! This was a lot of fun to read. I’m a big fan of John Muir. He really left his mark on our country.

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    • Anabel Marsh May 11, 2015 / 19:08

      Thanks, Nadine. He was certainly an amazing person, I really enjoyed visiting the museum.

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  4. VioletSky May 11, 2015 / 19:46

    Looks like a nice town for walking around. I felt a bit sad about the castle, though, so I looked it up and found out it was destroyed in the late 1560’s – and yet the ruins remain!

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  5. Pit May 11, 2015 / 22:08

    Thanks, Anabel, for taking me on that walk,
    Pit

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  6. Paul May 12, 2015 / 00:11

    Another fabulous post Anabel, great reading!

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  7. Birgit May 12, 2015 / 00:26

    These are great photos. I love the history you have to look at. The statue of the girl is so sweet. How old is that castle?

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    • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 07:44

      What’s left might be 11th century – but it’s been a ruin since the 16th century! Now strictly for the birds.

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  8. Heyjude May 12, 2015 / 00:37

    I have heard of Sunny Scunny and Sunny Hunny, but not Sunny Dunny! But it does look delightful and I’ll forgive you for not showing me a beach, there is water and a view and even a castle of sorts. I really must spend more time in Scotland 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 07:45

      I’ve been here nearly 30 years and still finding new (to me) places. Thanks for your forgiveness! There is definitely a beach further along……

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      • Heyjude May 12, 2015 / 11:58

        I love travelling, but as I have become older I find I am less in love with the getting to and from foreign places and am enjoying exploring what is closer to me much more! Just shove everything into the back of the car and go!

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        • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 13:34

          It’s certainly much easier! We have no foreign travel plans yet this year, which is very unusual for us.

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          • Heyjude May 12, 2015 / 18:28

            Us neither, but then we did go to Australia last year and hope to go again next year. That’s more than enough flight time!

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            • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 19:21

              I have only been to Australia once but would love to go back. Some day!

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  9. dmlsexton May 12, 2015 / 14:42

    What a fun walk! The statue of the girl and the Swan is kind of creepy. Is it based on a fairy tale?

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    • Anabel Marsh May 12, 2015 / 14:45

      I don’t know, it didn’t say – the only legend I can think of is Leda and the swan and I’m sure that wouldn’t be appropriate outside a family leisure centre!

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      • dmlsexton May 12, 2015 / 15:12

        I had to look this one up… “the figurative sculpture intends to reference the sea and the harbour, depicting humanity and the vulnerability of nature” Maybe it’s not as creepy in real life.

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  10. jazzytower May 12, 2015 / 21:14

    You’re right. It does look very sunny. Great photos.

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  11. jazzfeathers May 17, 2015 / 19:09

    Looks like a very nice place. Maybe because I’m a girl of the plains, I have a fascinatiion with sea places 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh May 17, 2015 / 19:23

      I love the sea too – I’d love to live somewhere with a sea view if it didn’t mean giving up city life!

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