▨ Jamie McHale

Cycling near Dunbar, East Lothian

A weekend break near Dunbar, Whitesands, and Pease Bay · September 2020

Last weekend we took a quick trip out to Dunbar to cycle in East Lothian. We stayed for one night at Dunbar Camping and Caravaning Site, just on the outskirts of the town.

On the first day, we cycled west to East Linton along the National Cycle Route 76. We then turned back towards the coast, and ended up at John Muir Country Park. We walked through “golden hour” along the coast, and took in the beautiful views.

On Sunday we wandered down to Whitesands Beach, just ten minutes walk from the campsite. It was a beautiful and crisp morning. The bay was lovely (although the view back inland does have a large concrete factory!).

In the afternoon we got back on the National Cycle Route and headed south to Pease Bay, past Torness Nuclear Power station. The last part of the cycle route was lovely. We stopped at the Leisure Park and had pizza and chips.

Despite some of local landmarks like the concrete factory and nuclear power plant, it was a very enjoyable couple of days. East Lothian and the Borders have lovely beaches, which you can see when you take the East Coast train line into Edinburgh.

I certainly want to go back and cycle the NCN76 further south, and will hopefully get a chance in the near future.