Leaving North Berwick southwards provides you with an opportunity to climb Berwick Law, giving great views of the town, Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock. Berwick Law has always sported whale jawbones and when the last ones decayed, fibre-glass replicas were installed. After a few miles on country tracks and quiet roads you’ll reach the popular village of East Linton, whose National Trust for Scotland attractions of the Phantassie Doocot and Preston Mill are well worth a look. You now follow the Tyne for a while, until the Way takes you onward to the coast and beaches of John Muir Country Park, before reaching Dunbar. Head for John Muir's Birthplace Museum as this marks the finish of the route.
For this section the route takes you along grass tracks, gravel paths and quiet roads. There are some steps and inclines, which are steepest near Dunbar in the vicinity of the cliff-tops. Berwick Law is a steep climb but this is an optional highlight. There are toilets in John Muir Country Park, East Linton and Dunbar itself.
The cycling braid has a short section of 1.4Km across fields between Blackdyke and Whitekirk. Known as ‘Becky’s Strip’, this hilly path is apt to be muddy during and after wet weather, with poor traction especially for road tyres. Expect to dismount and push. It can be avoided by using local roads.
Space for bicycles on trains from Dunbar may be limited so we advise you book spaces in advance.
Diversion on section of Dunbar Clifftop Trail
A short section of the John Muir Way (walkers route) in Dunbar is diverted due to landslip. This is close to the start/end of the route on a section of the Dunbar Clifftop Trail. See map (HERE) for the diverted route and follow notices on the ground. East Lothian Council are exploring options to repair. The diversion will remain in place until further notice.
Key things to note about this route section.
Points of interest
Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison.Visit Website
Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot
Preston Mill, with its distinctive Dutch-style conical roof, was East Lothian’s last working water mill. Nearby is the beehive-shaped Phantassie Doocot, with its French-style horseshoe parapet, built in the 16th century to house 500 pigeons.Visit Website
John Muir's Birthplace Museum, Dunbar
Start or finish your John Muir Way adventure by exploring the life and legacy of John Muir in the house where he was born. Completed the route? Claim your John Muir Way certificate here.Visit Website
John Muir Country Park
The John Muir Country Park is named after the famous naturalist and geologist who was born in Dunbar. The park offers several woodland and beach walks and is home to a wide variety of birds, plants, butterflies and moths.Visit Website
The harbour is popular with fishing boats and leisure craft in the summer, and with a range of festivals and events in the town it provides a fantastic destination from both land and sea.Visit Website
Coastal Communities Museum
John Muir spent his childhood in the seaside town of Dunbar. Learn about the customs and livelihoods of the people who would have lived beside Muir in Dunbar and other East Lothian seaside villages.Visit Website