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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. Add Portobello Beach and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh itinerary maker tool .
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  • August 20, 2017
    Only a short break but the memories will last forever Nice walks at a relaxed pace with plenty to see and do. Very cosmopolitan.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    If you are after some quality time on the beach with a view you can't go wrong here. It is a short walk from a free car park and has plenty are beach and benches to enjoy the views. I didn't wander in...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Not really much to see here to be honest. The area surrounding the beach looks a little run down and in need of rejuvenation . We found only one cafe along the seafront which was lovely but a little e...  more »
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  • Costa del Edinburgh! The beach is well kept but gets very busy when the sunshine makes an appearance. 2 or 3 decent pubs and cafes have popped up in recent years so there are decent dining options available just a stones throw from the sea. Large promenade which kids love to bike or scoot along. Also 2 playparks just opposite the beach are good for little ones.
  • Nice beach, gets pretty busy when the sun is out in summer. Probably wouldn't swim in the sea here, but it's a beautiful place for a walk and plenty of places to get a drink or some food on the promenade
  • Great place, lovely beach, pubs on the front with great food and beer. If in Edinburgh then this is a must!
  • Actual beach is lovely, the promonade has plenty of great places for a light lunch or breakfast (and an ice cream!). It is quite a journey, even on the fabulous Lothian Busses, but it is worth it if you don't mind the hour long bus journey or if you're local.
  • I can't explain it but awesome to be.

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