"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Portobello - Central (James Street) Beach

A beach resort about 4 miles east of Edinburgh city centre.

Beach type: Sand

Nearest town: Edinburgh

Local authority: City of Edinburgh Council

OS Grid Reference: NT313738


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Portobello - Central (James Street) Beach

  • Orcadia Trampoline Centre (0m)
  • Tumbles at Portobello (1m)
  • Shawfair Pottery (2m)
  • Jamboree Adventure Soft Play (2m)
  • Clown Around Indoor Play Centre (2m)
  • Inveresk Lodge Garden (2m)
  • Craigmillar Castle (2m)
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse (3m)
  • Our Dynamic Earth (3m)
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers (3m)
  • The Museum of Edinburgh (3m)
  • Invergordon Distillers Ltd (3m)
  • Huntly House Museum (3m)
  • The People's Story Museum (3m)
  • People's Story Museum (3m)
  • Serenity Scotland (3m)
  • Geoffrey (Tailor) Highland Crafts (3m)
  • John Knox House (3m)
  • Museum of Childhood (3m)
  • Museum of Childhood (3m)
  • Brass Rubbing Centre (3m)
  • Creative Connections (3m)
  • Mercat Walking Tours of Edinburgh (3m)
  • Auld Reekie Tours (3m)
  • St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments (3m)
  • James Pringle Weavers (3m)
  • Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour (3m)
  • National Museum of Scotland (3m)
  • Biggar Gasworks Museum (3m)
  • Royal Museum (3m)

Tourist Information

Edinburgh Information Centre
above Waverley Shopping Centre
3 Princes Street

Phone 08452 255 121
Email info@visitscotland.com

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Sunday 19 August


Chance of rain 66%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
Pressure 1010
Humidity 97%
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Chance of rain 26%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1012
Humidity 95%
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Chance of rain 58%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1014
Humidity 92%
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Air Quality


Chance of rain 51%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 1mph.
Pressure 1016
Humidity 90%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 45%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
Pressure 1017
Humidity 89%
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Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
Pressure 1018
Humidity 91%
UV Index n/a
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Low Tide
02:30 BST
(01:30 GMT)
High Tide
09:43 BST
(08:43 GMT)
Low Tide
15:13 BST
(14:13 GMT)
High Tide
22:07 BST
(21:07 GMT)

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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A beach resort about 4 miles east of Edinburgh city centre.

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