Dunbar is a town in East Lothian on the southeast coast of Scotland, approximately 28 miles (45 km) east of Edinburgh and 28 miles (45 km) from the English Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Dunbar is a former Royal Burgh and gave its name to an ecclesiastical and civil parish. The parish extends around 7½ miles east to west and is 3½ miles deep at greatest extent (12 x 5.5 kilometres) or 11¼ square miles (c. 3000 hectares) and contains the villages of West Barns, Belhaven, East Barns (abandoned) and several hamlets and farms.

Its strategic position gave rise to a history full of incident and strife but Dunbar has become a quiet dormitory town popular with workers in nearby Edinburgh, who find it an affordable alternative to the capital itself. Until the 1960s the population of the town was little more than 3,500.

The town is served by Dunbar railway station. Dunbar is home to the Dunbar Lifeboat Station, the second oldest RNLI station in Scotland.

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Famous quotes containing the word dunbar:

    I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
    —Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

    This is the debt I pay
    Just for one riotous day,
    —Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

    Fu’ I t’ink de las’ long res’
    Gwine to soothe my sperrit bes’
    If I’s layin’ ‘mong de t’ings I’s allus knowed.
    —Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)