Portobello Beach Edinburgh

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Portobello Beach – A beautiful spot at sea

It’s easy to forget that Edinburgh is a city on the sea, but I love when you stumble upon a street in the centre where you get the most beautiful vista running down the hills and across the water over to the Kingdom of Fife. Edinburgh is such a unique city for this reason and one of my favourite parts of its coast is Portobello.

Portobello was a historical seaside holiday town, where people from all over the east coast of Scotland would travel on the rare days of glorious sun. After the cost of international travel came down, the area lost a lot of its business but now it has come full circle, back to its former glory. Come on a weekend, rain or shine and there will be locals sipping coffee whilst watching the waves, dog walkers, skateboarders, and some great places for a bite to eat.

One of my favourite things to do, and a throwback to my childhood, is to visit the indoor arcade. These arcades define the British seaside and feature a number of 2p and 10p machines, games and prizes. It’s good fun for a few pennies and who knows, you might win something! Wander along the promenade for a bite to eat at one of the several beachfront cafes or if you’re feeling adventurous, there are occasionally kayaks available to rent. It’s a piece of Scottish seaside history and a lovely day out no matter what the weather.

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Portobello Beach, Edinburgh

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)