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Portobello Beach, Edinburgh

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Located along the Firth of Forth, Portobello Beach sits 5 km (3 mi) east of the center of Edinburgh. An hour's walk, short bike journey, or a local bus-ride away, explore the promenade and enjoy this old seaside resort. Grab a copy of the heritage trail from the library, and follow the route to discover galleries, restaurants, and gift shops. Enjoy an ice cream or coffee in a café, and watch the locals go about their business. Arrive early for a spectacular sunrise photo over the bay. Be prepared for very windy conditions should you visit in winter. Portobello Beach is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Edinburgh Edition.
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  • We came here for the day as we'd heard how dog friendly it is as we were on holiday in Scotland with our Beagles when we arrived it was obvious from all the dogs and owners that it is indeed very dog ...  more »
  • We didn't expect to spend any time on the beach in first week of June in Scotland but the weather was kind to us as were the locals who helped us find our way by bus to Portobello beach. We had a very...  more »
  • What a lovely beach :) It is around 30 minutes from the city centre and is easily accessible by bus and car! We found a little side street to park in and was a 2 minute walk from the seafront. Lovely ...  more »
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  • Lovely stretch beach. Went end Aug, but lovely day not to hot or to cold, beach was clean, no rubbish, sea was clean, plenty do for children with out costing earth. One end bouncy castle's and amusement Arcades, other end a lovely walk along sea front, good sandy beach and plenty of Seats to relax and watch the little or big 1s lol. Nice Swimming pool on sea front if don't want sea Swim. And with in 5 mind walk, the lovely St Andrews Fish shop, Portobello is Def worth visit for all ages.
  • Went in the summer and it was still chilly nonetheless. I guess it's cold here all year round but aside from that this beach is a wonderful getaway from the urban civilisation. Perfect place to soak your feet and also a place to timelapse the beautiful blue skies with clouds passing by. There are a few restaurants/cafes around the beach so do drop by!
  • Beach stone throws away from Edinburgh city center. Great place for a walk, ice cream. Dip in sea (if you can stand the Scottish cold water) great for PokémonGo players
  • A nice sand beach not far from the Edinburgh city. The public transport is so convenient. The beach is not too busy in the evening.
  • It is a lovely peaceful place to walk with a lovely clean sand. Great place for kids to enjoy with buckets and spades and mayb a picnic.