O my Luve is like a red, red roseThat’s newly sprung in June;O my Luve is like the melodyThat’s sweetly played in tune.

A Red, Red Rose
BY ROBERT BURNS

Built in 1764, The Harbour Chapel is the oldest Wesleyan Church in Scotland making it one of the most iconic Scottish wedding venues in which to celebrate your love.

Have one our bagpipers play for you as you arrive and walk down the aisle, bind your hearts together with the ancient tradition of Tying the Knot and drink whisky from the Quaich.

From fine dining, buffets, canapes, cakes and cheese boards, East Lothian provides some of the best local produce in Scotland. Select your favourite Scottish Whiskies from our extensive menu and offer your guests a dram to toast your good health and happiness.

Relax in our reception bar and sample local drinks from Belhaven Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Scotland or the award winning Thistly Cross Cider both based in Dunbar. You will be spoiled for choice with our bespoke wine list and lovely assortment of local Scottish gins, spirits and liqueurs.

If you are looking for The True Scottish Experience then look no further. Slange Var!

History of the Harbour ChapelOur unique location
Traditional Scottish Wedding Experience

This beautifully restored Historic Wesleyan Chapel is the oldest in Scotland and dates back to 1764. John Wesley preached here on 21 occasions and in 1770 he wrote:

"In the evening I preached at the new house at Dunbar, the cheerfullest in all the Kingdom"

The Story So Far...

The Story So Far...

Our story started with a sense of love and appreciation when we bought what was formerly known as Dunbar Methodist Church in December 2019. Ewan is an architect with a love of historic buildings and an understanding of the importance of local history while Fiona, with a career in lecturing in Health & Social Care behind her, is very much a lover of people. Given this little building’s historic significance as the oldest Methodist Church in Scotland (dating from 1764), we wanted to restore it, breathe new life into it, and make sure it remained part of the community for generations to come.

The restoration required careful thought and consideration to ensure that the unique atmosphere was maintained whilst making sure that everything you would expect from a brand new venue was incorporated, including full accessibility throughout the building, a flexible function space, a beautiful reception bar, comfortable central heating, classy toilets, a brand new catering kitchen and a state of the art PA system.

The stained glass windows and the pulpit have their own unique story to tell. They are both documented as being gifted to the chapel when it was renovated in 1890 by a benefactor who had purchased them from the renovation of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh in the 1880s. The windows are believed to have been crafted by master craftsmen of their time, James Ballantine & Son, and in our recent renovation they were carefully removed, taken apart, each piece of glass was lovingly cleaned and each window was reconstructed to brilliant effect by the dedicated family of Rainbow Glass in Prestwick, also considered master craftspeople of their time.

The original church space remains intact as a unique flexible function space with a contemporary twist, the original tiled floor remains in the entrance hall, the historic balcony and oak scallop shell pulpit remain a central focus, delicate glass shades continue to shine light and natural stone work has been gently stripped back and left uncovered.

Everything that was removed, created, or reinstated was done so with care. The prestigious organ pipes have been gilded and are back in situ, the old church pews are mobile and can be arranged for ceremonies, banquets or more informal seating, ancient pine floorboards have been incorporated into banqueting tables, wooden organ pipes have been redesigned as wall lights and so it goes on. The church hall has become our Reception Bar, which now has a timeless elegance with a well-curated bar and an atmosphere just waiting for your celebrations. The garden to the front is where you arrive and is a perfect place for photographs, socialising and for a drink as the sun goes down with a view of the harbour and sea.

So here we now are with an aisle to walk down and a place to take your vows and our story continues with a sense of love and appreciation. For all that it was, for all that it is, for all who have helped and for all the beautiful people like Lucy and Richard and Chloe and Ashleigh, who come through our doors to celebrate their love for each other. This is a beautiful place but it is defined by the people who pass through it. You will forever be a part of it…