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Portobello Beach, Edinburgh

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • If you are visiting Edinburgh City Centre, and would like an afternoon by the beach then head for Portobello Beach. It is a beautiful beach, lovely sand and great little coffee stands, ice cream...  more »
  • A short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre is the beach. Lovely sandy beach which at this time of year is open to dogs. Nice promenade to walk along and enjoy the views if you don't want to get your....  more »
  • A beautiful beach with a relaxed holiday vibe. We had a busker to enjoy on our last visit, a judo expert practicing his moves on the beach, students playing volleyball and taking a dip in the sea. There were two local elders who came down to the beach in long robes, bathers on ready and went in to swim without hesitation. This beach is popular with all ages. Lovely walks, places to sit. Great for children too. Little Park with children's rides. Lovely cafes and restaurants. Ice cream van selling cake too. Very nice.!! We love it here. ☺ 💕 Xxx
  • Beautiful promenade. No cars allowed so very safe to stroll. Amazingly loud waves and a super refreshing breeze (take jackets). Its also nice to see that it's a well used beach, with lots of dog walkers too. Great place worthy of a visit 😉🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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