British Beaches

Sand, sea, sun, surf and scones

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Portobello - Central (James Street) Beach

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

A beach resort about 4 miles east of Edinburgh city centre.

Beach Type



There is a promenade running along the beach
Behind which lies a high street with shops and cafes


There is a swimming centre situated right on the beach
A nearby golf course and indoor bowls
There are several amusement arcades on the promenade

Nature and Wildlife

Take in the sea air along the promenade

Water Quality




Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre 0131 665 6597 Brunton Hall Ladywell Way Musselburgh EH21 6AF. Edinburgh & Scotland Information Centre 0845 2255121 3 Princes St Edinburgh EH2 2QP


Nearest town: Edinburgh
County: City of Edinburgh
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9527, -3.10048
Postcode: EH15 2DX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Situated within Edinburgh.

Public Transport

From the city centre local buses including the 2. 15 and 66. run every few minutes.

Nearest Railway Stations

Brunstane (About a mile away)
Newcraighall (About a mile and a half away)
Musselburgh (Approx. 2 miles away)
Edinburgh (Approx. 3 miles away)
Wallyford (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking available.

Nearby Car Parks

Bridge Street, Portobello (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Fort Kinnaird Phase - North, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Newcraighall Station, Newcraighall (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
New Street, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Fort Kinnaird Phase - West, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Musselburgh Station, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Gracefield, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Olive Bank Road, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Shorthope Street, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away

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