Portobello Beach is approximately three miles away from Edinburgh‘s city centre (New Town) or/either Old Town. is a charming seaside suburb, with two miles of sand making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The beach itself is very well maintained and extremely popular with people on a sunny day who enjoy getting a suntan and picnicking families. Scotland’s Award-winning seaside draws large crowds in good weather and, along with the promenade, hosts a number of popular events, including the annual Big Beach Busk, International Beach Festival, volleyball competitions and triathlon events.

Portobello Beach has a number of attractive parks around with elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture within the conservation area to enjoy. A historically independent town until 1896, although its own right and is often seen as such by its inhabitants, it is now a residential suburb of Edinburgh, with a promenade fronting on to the wide sandy beach. It lies between the suburbs of Joppa and Craigentinny.

The area was originally known as Figgate Muir, an expanse of moorland through which the Figgate Burn flowed from Duddingston Loch to the sea, with a broad sandy beach on the Firth of Forth.

Portobello retains its unique character and sense of identity, making a trip to Portobello Beach as an essential part of your visit to Edinburgh.

Portobello Beach is a popular beach for locals and visitors alike, and especially with families in the summer. It is easy to get to the beach from the city centre using a local bus such as the NO: 26 from Princes Street. You can try The Beach House Café, right on the promenade, before indulging in a Turkish Bath (£7.20) at the Portobello Swim Centre further down the beach.

Further facilities such as shops and restaurants can be found a short walk away in the Portobello Town. Many of the buildings are Georgian or Victorian in character and form part of a Conservation Area, including Portobello Swim Centre, a Victorian indoor swimming pool right on the promenade.

The Beach hosts Kayaking and Sailing Club along with coastal rowing club called RowPorty since 1898. Look out also for the splendid Victorian swimming pool, featuring an original Aerotone and Turkish baths. If you are seeking refreshment, there is a choice of several bars and cafés on the promenade, with further options on bustling Portobello high street, including quality independent restaurants and gift shops. There is a market in Brighton Park on the first Saturday of every month, selling fresh local produce as well as crafts.


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8:00 - 24:00


8:00 - 24:00


8:00 - 24:00


8:00 - 24:00

Things to do | Activities

Amusement arcade Kayaking/canoeing Sailing Swimming/bathing

Dog restrictions

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)


Facilities Cafe/restaurant Toilets Town centre nearby Shop Promenade

How to get here?

The beach can be reached via a number of buses from Edinburgh city centre.


Some roadside parking is available near the beach.

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Admin March 23, 2018 12:46 am

It’s usually too cold and windy to sunbathe, but this is a lovely beach to walk on! The beach itself is usually full of families and people taking their dog for a daily walk. I would recommend it to people who want a great hangout with a good vibe! 🙂