Dunbar’s Close Encounters unearth some hidden gems

The tours will be conducted by Roy Pugh, local author and historian who has published a major history of Dunbar.
The tours will be conducted by Roy Pugh, local author and historian who has published a major history of Dunbar.

Last summer, the Dunbar Trades’ Association (DTA) organised regular – and free – foot tours every Saturday between June and September.

These ‘Close Encounters’ provided a remarkable insight to the history of Dunbar and allowed those taking part to experience and see first-hand many of Dunbar’s hidden gems.

Due to the success of these inspirational guided tours, the DTA, with the support of Roy Pugh will be operating again this summer, commencing tomorrow, Friday, June 5.

Tours will start from outside the Sparkly Frog boutique, No 92 High Street, highlighting important historic buildings such as the Tolbooth or Town House.

Some of the Closes will be explored – how they got their names and the history attaching to them.

Each tour will begin at the Town House, then long the High Street towards Lauderdale House, another iconic historical building.

Proceeding through Castle Wynd to Castle Street, other historic buildings encountered are John Muir’s first School and the Methodist Church.

Crossing Victoria Street to the Outdoor Swimming Pool, a brief history of Dunbar Castle, the Battery and the two harbours will be given. Returning through the former parade ground of Castlepark Barracks, a potted history of Lauderdale House will follow.

Returning to the High Street, the tour will proceed up to the Abbey Church, then crossing the road, further closes including the famous Bamburgh Close will be highlighted.

The tour ends at the Crunchy Carrot, where Sergeant John Penn, survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War resided from about 1864 until his death in 1886.

Lasting between 45 minutes and one hour, tours will be conducted by Roy Pugh, local author and historian who has published a major history of Dunbar. (Access to other titles by Roy may be found on website rjmpugh.co.uk).

Roy is a native of Dunbar who spent most of his career in the civil service in the Secretary of State’s Scottish Office, St Andrew’s House,

Tours may be booked by contacting Sparkly Frog (telephone 01368 865531 or e-mail dunbarfoottours@outlook.com.

Tours are available for one or more persons (maximum 10-12) Children and young persons must be accompanied by an adult. While the weekly tour will take place every Friday at 2pm from June 5 outside the Sparkly Frog, bookings may be arranged for other afternoons, except Sundays, provided 24 hours’ notice is given.

More information on Dunbar can be found on dunbar.org.uk The tours are free again this year so don’t miss out! Go on Discover Dunbar and its hidden gems. You won’t be disappointed.