Royal Mackintosh Hotel

Station Road, Dunbar, EH42 1JY, United Kingdom | 01368 238002 | Website

A lovely Hotel with a real County or village feeling to it


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I was struck by this Hotel when reading further info by a reviewer about the Dunbar Community Bakery on this site. It’s an early Victorian 2 storey Hotel next to the Railway Station in Dunbar, East Lothian. The only downside is it’s not suitable for a wheelchair or power chair user as there are no lifts o the upper beepdroom floor, though there is access to the Hotel Bar and the adjacent Street bar. It is part of the Golf Guide Coastal Route and Dunbar is an ancient Royal burgh with lots of Hitorical buildings, Castles and Stanley homes with Royal connections. The Hotel had a real County feel about it and run by locals, staffed by locals and frequented by locals. It was busy and the current promotion of Belhaven beer, an extensive gin and cocktail list and a seasonal and Festive menu made it popular. The dining room wood panelling was from the RMS Mauritania, scrapped across the Forth at Inverkeithing at the onset of Queens Mary and Elizabeth. The bottom floor totally wheelchair accessible, so do not let the accommodation issue put you off going. There is a Hotel car park, a full website and the room I had was very large, well appointed, good size bathroom and shower. The menu was varied but not extensive but catered for differences in dietary preference, with another review for a restaurant in Glasgow I have done, the Calamari was excellent and again not just rings but the whole squid. The steak and veg were superb, all local produce, the flavour of the beef was reinforced in it had been hung and allowed to mature. There was a special promotional price on the local beer, Belhaven. This little Hotel has been amongst various awards over the last 10 years and it’s not easy to see why.

Transport & Parking


The hotel has its own small car park plus ample car parking in the nearby streets and Railway Station, 2 mins from the Hotel, there is a 30 min butservice from Edinburgh, with a concession bus pass this makes all the difference and can help make it a real adventure, there other services from Berwick, Haddington, North Berwick as well as Edinburgh. The bus stops are outside the Hotel on either side of the street east and west bound.



As mentioned this only applies to the lower floor and the attached Street bar.



All on the one level and fully accessible.



The welcome I received from the staff and the locals was particularly friendly, it’s easy to see why they have won awards and the visitors book again full of accolades and high praise for great service. Whether in the bar, at dinner or breakfast the service was fantastic. This is one Hotel I will go back to without hesitation.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

It was not what I expected, and thanks to the review of the Bakery would have missed this, again it’s not for a wheelchair, power chair user which is a pity but what a gem of a find.

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