Portobello, fondly 'Porty', is just a stonesthrow from Edinburgh City centre. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this sandy stretch has a lot to offer including spectacular views of the Firth of Firth and a host of amenities including restaurants, bars and cafes along the promenade.

As one of three #MyBeachYourBeach locations, pilot interventions are being rolled out along this sandy shoreline during summer 2018 as part of a bathing water improvement plan for Portobello (Central and West). The work complements a range of improvement works being undertaken by Scottish Water and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to tackle sources of bathing water pollution. Bathing water quality at Portobello is affected by a number of sources, detailed in SEPA's bathing water profile for Portobello (Central) and Portobello (West). Live signage boards displayed at the beach display up to date water quality advice and you can also view live bathing water information via the SEPA bathing water app.


We've gathered your feedback

We have been running our pilot My Beach, Your Beach campaign at Portobello this summer. This is part of ongoing work to help improve water quality at Scottish beaches. Thanks to all of our online and face-to-face survey respondents; we value your feedback, comments and suggestions. We'll be releasing a report this winter on our season one findings from our My Beach, Your Beach campaign.

Portobello Beach Clean Success (17/09/2018)

On Friday (15th September), our My Beach, Your Beach project team alongside 35 volunteers braved the Scottish weather to rid Portobello beach of litter. Efforts stretched from central Portobello to the Seafield end on West Portobello. The group included staff from Scottish Water who joined with local volunteers to tackle beach litter. Read the full story.

Portobello Dog Portrait Winner Announced (03/09/18)

Following an online public vote, we are delighted to announce that Poppy is the winner of our 'Doggy Portrait Competition' for Portobello. Poppy will act as a canine ambassador for Portobello, to help spread the #BagItAndBinIt message locally - keep an eye out for our new rail banners at Portobello West. We'd like to thank all our paw-ticipants for taking part in this much contested competition. Read the full story.

#MyBeachYourBeach bins at Portobello (24/07/2018)

Colourful bin wraps have been installed along Portobello Promenade, highlighting the link between our behaviour on land and water quality at the beach. The new bin wraps emphasise three key messages; bag and bin dog poo, don't feed the gulls and put litter in the bin. Ongoing monitoring will investigate the effectiveness of this intervention at Portobello over the course of the #MyBeachYourBeach campaign.

Scottish Water marine investigation to explore improvements to Portobello and Fisherrow bathing water quality (01/08/2018)

"A floating platform will be visible from the Capital’s coastline from next week as Scottish Water investigates options to improve bathing water at Portobello and Fisherrow. [...] An eight-strong team of specialist engineers will carry out tests and investigations in the area to help inform options to improve bathing water quality." Read the full story.

Get Involved

Are you a local resident or business in Portobello and want to get involved with the #MyBeachYourBeach campaign?

  • Request a #MyBeachYourBeach pack for your business or community group with stickers, posters and leaflets
  • Discuss ways you can tie in with the #MyBeachYourBeach campaign
  • Got a comment, suggestion or idea? We'd love to hear it!

For more information contact us at info@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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