May 11, 2018

Slow Travel: Edinburgh River/Sea Walks

Sunset at the beach

With the weekend weather picking up again (or so the MET office forecast tells me) I’ve compiled a list of a few more favourite walks less known to tourists and removed from the hustle and bustle of central Edinburgh. On a summer’s day there’s nothing better than relaxing by the sea or on a riverbank, watching the world go by and tucking into a good ol’ Mr Whippy ice-cream (with the obligatory 99 flake).

Portobello Beach

Portobello is a coastal suburb of Edinburgh, just east of the city centre and faces the Firth of Forth. It has a long stretch of beach, perfect for stretching your legs on a summer’s day or taking the dog for a walk. There are an array of cafes and restaurants dotted along the promenade, so you can stop for a drink or an ice-cream and take in the beautiful views of the Firth of Forth. I would particularly recommend The Little Green Van for their coffee and either Miro’s or The Beach House for a spot of lunch (or cake stop). There isn’t a huge amount to do on the beach itself but it is a lovely place for a walk and boasts gorgeous views on a sunny day.


Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is the main river flowing through Edinburgh to the port of Leith. It flows through Stockbridge and Dean Village, which is a particular highlight of this gorgeous river walk. The path for this section of the walk is easily accessible and a real hidden gem within Edinburgh. If you’d like to make a day of it, why not go on a Sunday- have a browse of the market, get some brunch at one of the many gorgeous indie cafes (recommendations listed here) and head down to Dean Village. From there you can either spend the day getting lost in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art or head back over to Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, which are particularly beautiful this time of year.


Cramond Beach

This small sandy beach in the old fishing village of Cramond is a popular choice with both the Edinburgh locals and tourists, wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place to go for a walk, cycle or jog along the beachside paths. It’s an ideal place for families or anyone wishing to take a relaxing stroll. There are refreshments available at the nearby pub (which is absolutely gorgeous) or the quaint coffee shop.

At low tide the beach is vast and it’s possible to walk out to Cramond Island along the causeway. It is not possible to return at high tide though, so be sure to check the tide tables if you’d like to visit the island.

This is definitely one that’s on my to re-visit list! The lack of pictures is due to the fact my last visit was on a very foggy, wintry day in December where you couldn’t really see the true beauty of this place! Once the warmer weather returns, I’ll be heading straight back to this absolute treasure of a beach.

Into hill walks too? Catch up on my last post here.



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