Portobello beach

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Scottish Coastal Path SSSI Dog friendly Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer:

Warm sunshine was the order of the day for this summer visit to Portobello beach in Edinburgh. There was an exuberant atmosphere to suit its metropolitan location, the promenade decorated with cafe chairs and tables, the sand thronged with playing children, adverts being filmed on the beach and couples strolling by the water’s edge.  The Portobello Rowing Club were out on the beach with two boats and I chatted to one of its members, Nick.

Summer visit photo gallery


Nick explains life at Rowporty.


What this and other beaches mean to Anne.


Good times at the beach.


The scene in the sunshine at Portobello beach.

Season: winter

This is the main town beach for Edinburgh and it has a traditional feel, as if many people have passed this way.  At two miles long, it offers views of Musselburgh and Leith, as well as across to Fife.  All the amenities that you might want are here, including windsurfing, the chance to walk the dog or even fly a kite.  The beach itself is sandy, relaxing and a tonic, nearby yet far from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital city.

Winter visit photo gallery


Family connections at the beach for Craig and Alison.


What the beach means to seven film makers, on Portobello beach.  You can watch the finished article here.


The scene at Portobello beach in the winter.

2 thoughts on “Portobello beach

  1. Salma

    Everyday is a different view across the beach, sunny days sitting on the sand make me lazy. Windy, wet days make me walk really fast across the prom. Cold, freezing days make me feel cold out side but warm inside, wrapped up in s thick coat.
    There is lots to see on the sand, sometime shells, sometimes seaweed, some times jelly fish, and in the last storm, hundreds of starfish. No one day is the same. I love blowing away the cobwebs, with a quick walk, such a beautiful view over Portobello beach over to Fife

  2. Colin

    Portobello – ‘Beautiful harbour’ in English. And so it is for me.

    Harbour. Port. The words conjure up images of safe havens, a place to get away from it all. Most of us have crowded lives. Mine is no exception, as I manage luxury serviced city centre apartments in Edinburgh, London and Inverness, where my team and I spend all our time making sure business and holiday guests can relax.
    At Portobello there’s the tang and taste of fish and chips, the buzz of amusement arcades, the warming sight of families enjoying each other’s company, the reflected energy of joggers, the dancing patterns of light on the sea. It’s only a couple of miles from where I work but it’s a world away.
    Life can be a beach, not a bitch.  Even when the sun’s not shining. We need more Portobello’s.


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