Tourist guides created by children from Dunbar Primary School as part of a class project have been given the seal of approval by East Lothian’s Provost and the county’s tourism marketing body.

We liked telling people where to visit and why they should come to East Lothian.

Primary 6 pupils have been learning to write an informative piece by creating a tourist guide to the county that would be suitable for Visit East Lothian. The pupils created first drafts before carrying out further research and looking at good examples of information guides. Finally, they took their learning onboard and redrafted the originals into finished articles.

Class Teacher Glen Cunningham sent a few examples to the county’s tourism body, Visit East Lothian, who were so impressed that they asked to film the class reading from their guides for its own social media promotion. 

Dunbar Primary School’s P6 class teacher Mr Cunningham said: “We set the challenge to the pupils to produce their guides for Visit East Lothian and they have certainly risen to that challenge. It's a fantastic opportunity to share their work with the community and give their writing a real life purpose. I am incredibly proud of all the Primary 6 pupils efforts, they have produced fantastic writing in all five of the classes. It is clear that the pupils are not only incredibly knowledgeable but very proud of their home.”

Some comments from the pupils about their experiences include: "The highlight of our writing was sharing our brilliant county with everyone. We would recommend our home town of Dunbar as a must see destination for anyone coming to visit East Lothian." and "We liked telling people where to visit and why they should come to East Lothian."

Cabinet member for Economic Development and Tourism, Councillor John McMillan was so impressed with the pupil’s endeavours that he went along to meet the children at Belhaven Bay with representatives from Visit East Lothian to hear more about their guides.

Councillor McMillan said: “I have been very impressed with the children’s perspectives on what makes East Lothian such a great place to visit and spend time in. Their tourism guides celebrate the best of our county in a unique, creative and very professional way. I feel very privileged to have met the next generation of East Lothian’s marketeers – we’re in great hands.” 

Footage of the children reading their guides will be available from: 

Published: Tuesday, 8th June 2021