Dunbar is a beautiful seaside town that looks out on to the North Sea, but also benefits from being less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh. Below we've included information about the current housing market and listed the local amenities so you can decide if it's for you or not. 

Dunbar at a glance*

Average selling price
Median time to sell
16 days
Average % of Home Report achieved
Most popular property type
2 bedroom house

To find out more about the local market, contact your local ESPC agent today. Find an agent

* Figures are based on properties marketed and sold through ESPC. Home Report valuations relate to properties where the Home Report was available on espc.com. Figures relate to the 6 month period ending on 30/09/2023

Dunbar is a town in East Lothian on the southeast coast of Scotland, approximately 30 miles east of Edinburgh and 28 miles from the Scottish-English border. 

Its strategic position gave rise to a history full of incident and strife but Dunbar has become a quiet town, popular with commuters to Edinburgh, who find it an affordable alternative to the capital itself. 

Property in Dunbar

Despite being a small town, Dunbar boasts an impressive selection of property types. You'll find cottages and traditional homes that are popular in coastal towns. You'll also find plenty of modern family homes as well. Flats are also readily available in Dunbar. 


Amenities in Dunbar

Below you'll find a list of the amenities available in Dunbar. 


High Schools
Dunbar Grammar School

Primary Schools
Dunbar Primary School
West Barns Primary School

Independent Schools
Belhaven Hill School (a co-educational school that offers day and boarding education for ages 5-13)


Dunbar has one train station called Dunbar Station. There is a direct train to Edinburgh Waverley that takes roughly half an hour. Some of the trains will be long-distance trains that are travelling to and from England. Please refer to the ScotRail website for more information

Lothian Buses run two services out to Dunbar: the X7 and 106. Both routes stop at West Barns, East Linton and Haddington along the way. The two services start taking new directions at Haddington. Please refer to the Lothian Buses website for up-to-date bus routes and timetables. 

The A1 dual carriageway passes by Dunbar with four slip road leading into the town. The A1 northbound heads towards Edinburgh while southbound it heads towards Newcastle. 

Food Shopping

Dunbar has both an Asda Superstore and a large Co-op. There is also a small Co-op, Morrisons Daily, Keystore express, and a collection of independent food shops in the city centre. There's also a zero-waste shop near the large Co-op. 

Active and Outdoors

Dunbar has no shortage of outdoor activities both on land and in the water. 

There are four beaches to choose from (Dunbar Beach, Belhaven Bay, Whitesands Beach and East Beach). There are several businesses in the local area that offer watersport lessons including surfing and paddleboarding.  

Families will also love Dunbar Leisure Centre, Hallhill Sports Centre and East Links Family Park. 

Golf enthusiasts have two clubs to choose from: Dunbar Golf Club and Winterfield Golf Club. 

Footballers can sign up to Dunbar United FC. 

Other active pursuits that are available in the area include West Barns Bowling Club, Dunbar Community Pétanque, Dunbar Tennis Club and Core yoga and pilates studio.

Family Activities 

Other family activities include John Muir Alpacas, where children can join their parents for a walk along the beach with an alpaca! 


There is a community hospital in Dunbar called Belhaven Hospital. 

Dunbar has three NHS GP practices: Cromwell Harbour Medical Practice, Whitesands Medical Practice and Lauderdale Medical Practice. 

As for dentists, residents can choose between Forde Dental Practice and Campbell and Gibson. 

There are also podiatrists in the area: Dunbar Foot Clinic and Robwood Foot Care Clinic. 


Church of Scotland
Belhaven Parish Church
Dunbar Parish Church

Roman Catholic
Our Lady of the Waves

Other Churches
Discovery Church
Dunbar Baptist Church
Methodist Church