Portobello Beach, Edinburgh - In Photos

Posted on 16. Jul, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, United Kingdom

My trip to Edinburgh was nothing like I had expected.

I had vivid memories of my trip back there in 2008, and I was psyched to be going back. I wanted to see everything again, work on the most amazing photo opportunities and really immerse myself in Scottish life even for a few days.

That’s not really what happened.

After a whirlwind 7-day tour of Ireland and lively celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee in early June, my body just about had it with long hours, poor diet and numerous drinks. When I got to Edinburgh, I simply didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed for the first two days. I got loads of work done, mind you - wearing my pajamas and comfortably seating in my bed. But I couldn’t fathom the idea of slipping in my walking shoes and sightsee. I physically couldn’t take it anymore!

However on the last day I gave myself a kick in the butt and took a bus to the beautiful Portobello Beach on the east side of the city. Very easy to get to, and so worth it. It was almost deserted, which was fine by me!

And yes, of course the water was freezing. It’s Scotland, people.

Dogs running on the beach - their favorite thing!

Freezing water ahead

Have you ever been to Portobello Beach in Edinburgh? Was it filled with people or relatively calm? It this an activity you would recommend?

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10 Responses to “Portobello Beach, Edinburgh - In Photos”

  1. Laurel

    16. Jul, 2012

    I’ve been to Edinburgh and loved it, but not to Portobello Beach. Travel blogging is a LOT more exhausting than most people think it is, (even though I love it).

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      30. Jul, 2012

      Same here - exhausting but I love it too. I guess when you do something you love it’s not really work, is it?

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  2. Bob Jefferson

    17. Jul, 2012

    Glad you enjoyed your visit Marie-Eve. Edinburgh is one of the most popular city destinations in the world, yet very few visitors even realise that it has a beach. I have lived here for 20 years and love it. It’s just 20 minutes from the city centre and yet has its own unique identity. Georgian and Victorian architecture, cool bars and coffee shops, shady parks and a mile of golden sand. Try to time your trip to coincide with the annual Rowing Regatta or the Big Beach Busk next time and you will see how busy it gets.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      30. Jul, 2012

      I was surprised to learn that Edinburgh had a beach, but once I knew, I couldn’t resist going and see it for myself!

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  3. Katherina

    17. Jul, 2012

    I hear you - blogging while traveling IS exhausting and it’s perfectly normal to need a break from “seeing new things”! The beach does look beautiful though - glad you shared!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      30. Jul, 2012

      Thanks Katherina! It was windy as hell but very pretty.

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  4. roel

    17. Jul, 2012

    It looks beautiful over there! Enjoy your time :)

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  5. Lee

    06. Sep, 2012

    Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit. And so many people don’t know about the fact it has a beach. Sure it isn’t like the Med but it is alot more quieter and calmer

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  6. Jarmaine

    08. Sep, 2012

    Oh it was sad that you missed two days of your beautiful trip .
    I was in the same state when i was in Saint Lucia.
    i was completely in bed for three but thanks to my travel partner and the services they provided. I didn’t felt anything in those days!

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