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“CIty beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Portobello Beach

Portobello Beach
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Ranked #73 of 203 attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Beaches
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Edinburgh
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“CIty beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

How lucky us Edinburgh residents are, having a beach so close - within walking distance (that's a fair walk, mind you!) It's always bustling, but never too busy - and there's a couple of great pubs when you fancy a bite to eat or a pint. Excellent for dog-walking and fab views over to Fife.

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Columbus, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
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“Don't waste your time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I suppose this might be a tourist destination because of the big sand beach... however, it is not a pretty beach, at least not by the standards of other sand beaches. There isn't much to do there except stare at the water. No good shops, no restaurants (that I saw, anyway). I walked along the promenade, sat on a bench, then jumped back on the bus to Edinburgh--after being there only 45 minutes.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Edinburgh's Seaside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

This stertch of sand is a haven during the occasional burst of sunshine in Edinburgh. The 'Prom' is accepted as being a 'right of way', therefore the 'no cycling' signs are wrong. Do please look out for slow adults or little kids, please!

There's a big house that continually changes it's name, which has a reasonable selection of ales - but The Ormelie (on Portobello High Street) is the place to go, if you enjoy "the water of life". The bar manager (Dave) is a real tonic too.

I often head to the beach when I can see a sunset developing, a few examples of my work with a camera can be seen here. The rules forbid me to mention my URL but a 'search' on my name will grant it to you, anyway!

Be aware of the wind if it hasn't been raining because the sand is very fine, and dangerous to your eyes.

Dog-walkers (mostly) do what they are supposed to when their pets 'do a Nº2'.

People have even been known to swim in the Forth but there is a swimming pool too. At the western end, there's a fun-park but I wouldn't write home about it.

Visited September 2012
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Fife,Scotland
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“Nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Very clean when I was there. Lots of people walking along the beach on a Sunday afternoon. Good for a family outing.

Visited May 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“beach in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

nice promonade to walk or cycle along. Nice fresh air. go for breakfast to the beach hut at bottom of bath street and onto the prom eat outside for beach views or inside on a cold day

Visited June 2012
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