Grab a little extra sun by heading East this October Week Holiday.
Lockdown restrictions are all but gone and the Glasgow Schools October Week is fast approaching.
Whatever age your kids may be, October Week School Holiday is one of the last chances to enjoy the outdoors before the days get too short and the temperature drops below what would be described as ‘a comfortable level’. So what are you going to do?
No longer restricted to ‘staying local’, you are free to discover some of the great untapped locations in Scotland. And what better place to start than Dunbar on the East Coast of Scotland.
Yes you heard us correctly. Dunbar is one of the lesser known yet truly fantastic places to visit in Scotland that really does have a bit of everything for all ages.
Why should I visit Dunbar during the Glasgow October Week?
First off, Dunbar is very easy to get to. A simple trip from Glasgow along the M8 and then down the A1 and you are in Dunbar (no winding country roads that can make younger kids’ car sick). It is not so far a drive that the kids will loose their minds in the back seats but far enough that you can escape a lot of the Glasgow hustle and bustle while the Schools are off. The Town of Dunbar itself is a hidden jewel. Situated on the east coast of Scotland 30 miles from Edinburgh, it is famous for its sunshine, spectacular coastline and 60 things to do. It is also the birthplace of the pioneering American naturalist, John Muir.
What can I do in Dunbar?
An easier question would be what can’t you do? Dunbar has it all. Outdoor activities, water sports, things to do with the kids and history everywhere you look.
We have handily broken down 60 of the very best things to do in Dunbar into categories:
Why should I visit Dunbar from Glasgow rather than go to the West Coast?
Located right on the east coast, Dunbar is a beautiful town in East Lothian. Dunbar is easy to get to and makes the perfect holiday getaway for a mid week break or a weekend getaway for all age ranges.
If you have never been, you won’t regret your first visit. For adults, it has one of the best beaches in all of Scotland and if you are a fan of long walks and Castles then Dunbar has you covered.
Speaking of long walks, if you don’t fancy driving, taking the train or going by bus, you can walk from Glasgow to Dunbar as part of the John Muir Way. One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the John Muir Way offers walkers and cyclists a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage. Going coast to coast in 134 miles, it links Helensburgh in the west with Dunbar in the east. The route symbolically passes through Scotland’s own first national park and offers a chance to connect with nature – just as Muir did here as a boy – taking advantage of the green spaces, beaches and woodlands that link our coasts, villages, and even the capital city.
If you have been rattling your head over what to do with the kids this October Week during the School Holidays then you need to discover the hidden wonder that is Dunbar. With so much to see and do regardless of the weather, it is a great way to spend a family holiday this October Week.