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Dunbar lies just off the A1, 25 miles east of Edinburgh. The harbour entrance at Dunbar, to the east of Edinburgh, is guarded by what was once a grand castle. The castle may have fallen into a state of disrepair recently, but the diving beyond the harbour walls is as good as ever.

An offshore pinnacle and three wrecks are waiting to be investigated, but shore diving is superb, too, as you might guess by looking out from the old cavalry fort at the south end of the harbour towards the five small islands just offshore.

For a warm-up dive you could try Harbour Reef, a slab of rock that juts out into the sea, extending the south entrance wall of the harbour. This dive is quite shallow, so it is best to do it at high tide. You can circumnavigate the point in about 20 minutes, so this is an ideal site for a night or training dive. Stick close to the reef wall and do not stray into the harbour entrance channel. The depth increases from an initial 5m and walls of orange and white dead mens fingers appear. 

Further offshore lies a chain of four small islands known as The Yetts. Depth here is 15-18m, depending on the tide. If not treated as a boat dive the Yetts certainly make an energetic shore dive, because of the brisk tidal streams that can sometimes run around here. But those streams do ensure that life covers every square centimetre of rock.
Between the two middle islands a narrow gully runs for about 15m straight through the rock. Its sheer walls provide homes for edible crabs and squat lobsters and at one point mussels. A marked improvement is noted in the visibility where these animals filter the water. 
If you have a boat the wrecks that lie offshore are well worth visiting. Slack-water diving is recommended, and this applies half-an-hour either side of high and low water.

U77E is a World War One mine-laying submarine that was found in 1993 and should be respected as a war grave. There are also reports that live ordnance has been spotted there. She lies in 40-45m of water depending on the state of the tide, her bows raised to an angle of about 30*. 

The Cyclops is bigger, a 55m barge-dredger lying in 40-42m of water. She sank in heavy seas in 1924 on her way to be scrapped and is almost upside-down, her bucket and gantry system still clearly visible. Apart from the depth and tide, the only other hazards are a trawl net wrapped around one end of the barge.

The River Gary sank on her way to London in 1893 with a cargo of coal. She is lying in 25m of water and is now well broken-up. This wreck is huge.


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