The Weather

John Ruskin said:

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

The weather is changeable in Scotland. The East of Scotland is drier than the West and sunnier too. In winter it can be much colder. Dunbar is one of the sunniest locations in Scotland, and while has been given the soubriquet Sunny Dunny, come prepared for changeable weather. It is colder than London, but we expect you will be out and about enjoying the great outdoors, and if you are obsessed with the weather the dramatic skies are guaranteed to keep cloud watchers and photographers busy!

The UK Meteorological Office provides an excellent summary of the climate and maps of climate variables averaged since 1971. The monthly assessments are quite useful too, but we expect most of you will be interested in the short range forecasts, which – as you would expect – are more reliable than the long range forecasts.

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John Muir Birthplace

John Muir, the pioneering conservationist and instigator of National Parks, was born in Dunbar, East Lothian.

John Muir’s birthplace, which was derelict, has recently transformed the home into an interpretative centre to highlight his work and achievements and worth a visit – it is free.

The John Muir Birthplace Trust, formed in September 1998, aims to secure the future of John Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar and to develop the interpretative centre and popularise Muir’s work.

Muir was born in 1838, some years after the houses at Templelands were built.  He emigrated with his parents to the United States, which is where he settled and campaigned for the preservation of natural environments.

Muir & Roosevelt
Muir & Roosevelt
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Scotland’s Open Garden Scheme

Tyninghame HouseScotland’s Gardens Scheme includes many gardens that are privately owned and otherwise not accessible to the public.

The link will give you gardens open next week.

East Lothian Gardens are not to be missed.

“Gardens of Scotland” containing full details of all openings is available annually from December.

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Walking in East Lothian

Scotland’s new access arrangements have opened up many new paths in East Lothian. The landscape can be outstanding at any time of the year. Here is a publication promoting some of the new paths of the John Muir Way.

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Pictures of East Lothian on the Map

A somewhat idiosynchratic collection of pics also published on Panoramio, is an experiment. Plan A was to underlay a historic map, as most of the images portray the past seen from the present.

For best performance use the full screen button located in the top right hand corner.

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Cycle Hire in Dunbar from Belhaven Bikes

Cycles can be hired in Dunbar from Belhaven Bikes.

You can hire Dawes Saratoga ladies/gents comfort mountain bikes, which are fitted with full mudguards, rear rack and a side stand.

Prices start from £8 per half day. Everything you’ll need is included: the pump, a spare inner tube and tyre levers (in case you get a puncture) and an East Lothian Cycling map from Spokes.

Call 01368 860300 or email: [email protected]