With its wide two-mile beach, local events and activities, and a strong community spirit, Portobello is a popular holiday destination for Scots. Once a favourite haunt amongst seafarers and smugglers in the 18th century, Portobello is today a bustling hive of activity, both along the seafront promenade and the stylish high street, packed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Swimming and water activities are obviously very popular in this resort town – here you can find one of the few remaining Turkish Baths in Scotland, located in the local swimming centre. If you’re looking to get active, you can join the Portobello Kayaking and Sailing Club, or Row Porty, a community-run coastal rowing club. Otherwise, you can sit back, relax and watch the pros take to the sand at the frequent international volleyball competitions and triathlon events. The annual Big Beach Busk is a fun summer event where hundreds of musicians bring music and dancing to the streets of Portobello.
The area also has great shopping and lots of charming eateries, including great seafood restaurants and friendly local pubs. A monthly market is held in Brighton Park where you can pick up fresh local produce and one-off arts and crafts. Take in the town’s elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture with a walk up the high street or spend some downtime in any of the lovely green parks. Portobello is a great seaside suburb just outside of the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh!