Belhaven Brewery

Our Brewery

Established in 1719, Belhaven Brewery is the oldest working brewery in Scotland. Situated in Dunbar, the brewery nestles amongst the rolling barley fields of East Lothian, just 20 miles from Edinburgh.

At Belhaven we have a passion born of a proud brewing heritage. With a dedicated team drawing on a brewing tradition that dates back over 300 years we create friendly and approachable beers bursting with Scottish character, using malted barley, fresh spring water from a local source together with our unique Belhaven yeast.

Belhaven is home to the nation’s favourite ales, stouts and lagers: ideal for when people come together over a delicious pint, as good times shared are the BEST.

Belhaven Brewery Shop

Belhaven Brewery Shop

Our shop hours are: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 1-5pm.

Our shop stocks a selection of our beautiful Belhaven beers, branded merchandise and handmade gifts created in Scotland.

To access our own wee pub – The Monks Retreat – you must be on a brewery tour.

A close up of seed jars

Belhaven Brewery Tour

Would you like to learn more about Scotland’s Oldest Working Brewery and taste Scotland’s favourite ales and stouts?

Our brewery tours run Monday – Friday 10.15am and 2.30pm, and on a Saturday at 10.15am.

Please note: Unfortunately, our lift is temporarily out of order. Therefore, the visitor experience is not presently wheelchair accessible. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have mobility issues and have booked onto our Brewery Tour, please contact our friendly team who will be happy to reorganise the booking for when the lift is operating again.

As we are a food production site, unfortunately we cannot allow dogs on brewery tours.

Our brewery is around 25 miles from Edinburgh. We recommend travelling to the brewery using public transport. The X7 bus travels from Edinburgh – Dunbar every 30mins (timetable here) and there’s a regular train service from Edinburgh to Dunbar.

Belhaven Brewery Machinery

The Belhaven brewing process

From malting and mashing to fermentation and maturation, we combine traditional techniques with modern technology to ensure the highest quality and consistency of our beers. After our malt is milled and mashed, we add water and heat before cooling things back down ready for fermentation. Our beer’s then filtered and stored at the right temperature, before being packed up and sent out into the world.