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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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  • 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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