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Reviewed August 11, 2019

Portobello is a quick bus ride away from downtown Edinburgh. A pleasant relief from the tackiness and the crowds. Loved the little cafes and restaurants, the little side streets, the Saturday market, etc. The beach is wide and long. It's a gem.

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank Anita F
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

After some rainning days in Edimburg, we enjoyed a sunny day in the beach. The landscape is beautiful as well as the colour of the sea, it is so blue and clean. Very good atmosphere, plenty of restaurants and cafes. Only a ride from Edimburgo, worth to be visited

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank María del Carme... C
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

We stayed in Portobello for a week this year and overall I was fairly disappointed. The town itself seemed rather drab, and while the beach is undoubtedly lovely, there isn't really much else to do on the seafront. No tea shops. No gift shops. No fish and chip shops. There are some playgrounds but these are small and run down. There is a decent arcade and a few places to eat if you're looking for a meal, and there is also the Swim Centre which is excellent - the kids really enjoyed it here - but otherwise it really is just the beach. And sadly Portobello seems to have a serious dog poo problem - one of my children ended up with some on her shoe when walking down a side street, and when we visited the beach we saw dog poo on the sand more than once. North Berwick seemed much, much cleaner and quite frankly I wished we'd stayed there instead. Admittedly Portobello does have a good bus service into Edinburgh, and the house we stayed in was lovely, but I'm in no hurry to go back.

Date of experience: July 2019
4  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed July 25, 2019 via mobile

Picturesque beach very close to Edinburgh. The beach was very clean with no visible litter. Lots of cafes nearby. Fun for all the family on a sunny day.

Date of experience: July 2019
5  Thank nudnikheadache13
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

I liked it here a lot and my son got to play on the sandy beach. Its a little gross since dogs can be on the beach and people don't clean up after them very well... and the sand isn't great for castles. The real treat here is the board walk with the arcade and good restaurants. It was a really nice day out in the cool ocean air and an easy bus ride from downtown Edinburgh.

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank JenniferW3773
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