Just 20 minutes from Princes Street, Portobello is a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Fashionable in the Victorian era, Portobello had its heyday in the 50s and 60s and has now re-invented itself as a cool seaside community that extends a warm welcome to everyone.
Georgian villas and Victorian tenements enjoy Conservation Area status in a charming seaside suburb that is proud of its past and confident of its future. Two miles of golden sand, beach-side cafes and bars, peaceful Green Flag Award parks and a vibrant High Street featuring lots of quality independent shops.
Discover one of Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets and find out for yourself why it’s such a great place to visit.
The beach is a constant hub of activity. The residents of Edinburgh and beyond flock to the beach in the summer to enjoy the vast expanse of golden sand, which is cleaned every morning. Year-round wild swimmers can attest to the cleanliness of the water. Local rowing and sailing clubs are very popular and the beach is a regular venue for Scottish Beach Volleyball competitions. The Promenade is the setting for Edinburgh’s annual Big Beach Busk and plays host to many sporting, art and cultural events throughout the year.