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“Portobello Beach”
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Portobello Beach
Ranked #55 of 394 things to do in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Portobello Beach”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Portobello was once the place Edinburgh went to play. A seaside town with classic seaside attractions -- arcades, food, salt water tidal swimming pool, entertainment, etc. The stuff of movies. While most of those classic icons of seaside resorts have disappeared, Portobello's history can still be sensed in a leisurely stroll along its promenade. It's one of my favorite places in Edinburgh.
If you have limited time in the area, I'd recommend sticking to the city centre, but if you have time to explore the surrounding areas, then Portobello is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours -- or grab lunch at the beach in a seaside cafe -- or maybe you want traditional fish and chips from the chippie on the promenade! It's an easy bus ride from the city centre -- just ask any bus driver on Princes Street for bus numbers and routes.
The promenade skirts the sand on one side and row houses on the other. Along the way you'll pass by a pub or two now housed in old homes along the shore, the wonderful old 19th century Portobello Swim Centre -- complete with its Victorian Turkish baths, a couple of seaside cafes, the requisite ice cream and fish & chip venues, and the remaining penny arcade (which isn't actually vintage -- or doesn't seem as if it is)... which, I believe is due to be torn down... but don't quote me on that.
Portobello is one of those places that the locals love to visit -- joggers, strollers, beach lovers -- it doesn't feel touristy at all. It's great if you want to get away on your own, or take the kids, or for a nice romantic sunset stroll. I love that about Portobello.

Visited March 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A great escape from the city on a fine day.”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Portobello makes a lovely day out, whether it's for a wintery walk and a beer in the pub or a picnic and a paddle with the kids on a sunny day. A long promenade to walk along, great views towards Fife, a growing cafe culture and a couple of good parks mean it has something for everyone. There is loads more to do in the area as well including a swimming pool, soft play, great charity shopping and a range of small, independent shops to browse.

Visited May 2014
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“a beautiful gem”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Stunning views, lovely cafes, cakes and shops
Great place to walk the dog
Lovely pub the espy at the top of bath street
Beautiful sunsets

Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous beach full of life and pleasures”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Whether you're a sun worshiper or an ice cream fetishist; this beach has got it. Visit the espy for good food and great service, the dalriada pub for a casual drink and some live music or the beach house for a lovely slice of cake... Not to forget crumbs for a cracking cuppa or a doggy treat!! Languish in the clean sands - enjoy the amazing views and paddle in the calm, family friendly sea. Vive la porty!!

Visited June 2014
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“excellent”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

amazing take food for a picnic and the sea was amazing its nice at 7.00 because you get to see the sunset so nice relaxing

Visited June 2013
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