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Portobello (Central)

City of Edinburgh

A beach resort about 4 miles east of Edinburgh city centre. There is a promenade that runs along the beach front. A good beach for watersports, including kayaking and sailing.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Sufficient

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between June and September.

Facilities at Portobello (Central) beach

Food availableShops


There are a number of free car parks near the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information



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There is a swimming centre on the beach, a nearby golf course and indoor bowls. There are several amusement arcades on the promenade. Swimming and sunbathing are popular and the beach hosts the annual Big Beach Busk, international volleyball competitions and triathlon events.

Wildlife and Walks

Take in the sea air along the promenade. For walks in the area, see here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/ See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, from 1st June to 15th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Sufficient

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between June and September.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach


Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Portobello (Central) beach

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Portobello (Central) beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

YO! Sushi - Edinburgh Airport (airside)Sustainable

Loch Fyne - EdinburghSustainable

A room in...the West EndSustainable

A room in..the TownSustainable

Iglu Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Jamies Italian - EdinburghSustainable

Mussel Inn - EdinburghSustainable

YO! Sushi - Edinburgh (Harvey Nichols)Sustainable

Harry Ramsdens - Edinburghunsustainable

La Tasca - EdinburghSustainable

Mussel and Steak BarSustainable

Ondine RestaurantSustainable

La Tasca - Edinburgh (OmniCentre)Sustainable


The KitchinSustainable

A room in...LeithSustainable

Sweet MelindasSustainable

Restaurant Martin WishartSustainable

Fishers Bistro - in LeithSustainable

The Shore Bar and RestaurantSustainable

Click here to visit Fish2fork.

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Portobello (Central) beach

No sightings have been reported in the area. Please report your sightings if you see a jellyfish, marine turtle or basking shark.

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