British Beaches

Sand, sea, sun, surf and scones

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Portobello Beach

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Once Portobello was a busy seaside resort where all the people of Edingburgh went to paddle in the sea. Now it still has it's sandy beach, and plenty of amusements and entertainments, although it is seen more as a peacful escape from city life.

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

Not Tested



Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre above Waverley Shopping Centre 3 Princes Street EH2 2QP Tel. 0845 22 55 121 Email: [email protected] Web:


Nearest town: Edinburgh
County: City of Edinburgh
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9585, -3.11489
Postcode: EH15 1DT
(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

Several buses. including the 2. 15 and 66. go to Portobello from Princes Street.

Nearest Railway Stations

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

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

Nearby Car Parks

Bridge Street, Portobello (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Fort Kinnaird Phase - North, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Dukes Walk, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Arthurs Seat, Duddingston (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Duddingston Loch, Duddingston (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Fort Kinnaird Phase - West, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Newcraighall Station, Newcraighall (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
New Street, Musselburgh (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

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