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Portobello (West)

City of Edinburgh

Once Portobello was a busy seaside resort where all the people of Edinburgh went to paddle. Now it still has it's sandy beach, and plenty of amusements and entertainments, although it is seen more as a peaceful escape from city life.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Poor

Poor water quality advise against swimming

The beach will stay open. An action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Facilities at Portobello (West) beach

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Dog restrictions

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Beach cleaning

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There is a leisure centre near the beach, a nearby golf course and indoor bowls. There are several amusement arcades on the promenade.

Wildlife and Walks

Take in the sea air along the promenade. 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

2015 Poor

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.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

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 (West) beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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!

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 (West) beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Siobhan C
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Matt Barnes
on 9 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Heath Mclaren
on 9 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alison Cowan
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Taylor
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jim Finlay
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sara Robertson
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Eilidh and isobel Clarke
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alison Bell
on 4 Jun 2016

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