Portobello beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Scottish Coastal Path SSSI Dog friendly Seaside award Seaside award

Season: summer:

Warm sunshine was the order of the day for this summer re-visit to Portobello beach in Edinburgh. There was an exhuberant atmosphere that suited 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 has a traditional feel, as if many people have passed this way.  It’s two miles long and offers views of Musselburgh, Leith and across to Fife.  All the amenities you’d 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.

One thought 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


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