Get out of Edinburgh City Centre and Down to the Coast


newhaven harbour

Karen Bryan, editor of the Europe a la Carte Blog, explains that there’s much more to the Scottish capital than just the well known centrally located Edinburgh attractions.

When you’re visiting Edinburgh, don’t just stay in the city centre.   Edinburgh lies on the Forth estuary, so why not spend some time down by the coast?

Here are some options from east to west.  All these places can be reached by Lothian buses, it costs £1.20 single or £3 for an all day pass.


Portobello has a lovely big golden, sandy beach.  If you don’t want to walk along the beach, there’s a nice long prom.  The  Dalriada pub which has outdoor seating is located right on the prom. The renovated  Victorian Portobello Swim Centre has Turkish Baths which cost around £6 for a session.


The Britannia

Leith, Edinburgh’s port, has undergone massive regeneration over the last few years. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars on the banks of the Water of Leith.  At Ocean Terminal there’s a multi screen cinema, a good selection of retail stores and cafes with views over the Firth of Forth towards to famous red Forth Rail Bridge and the Fife hills. Ocean Terminal is also home to the former Royal Yacht Britannia.

Newhaven Harbour

You can take the boat for a SeaFari to Incholm Island from here.  There are a couple of restaurants, Loch Fyne and Prezzo, located in the old fish market and both have outdoor seating and harbour views.


You can walk along the causeway out to Cramond Island, tide permitting. If it’s high tide you can still enjoy a walk along the coastal path towards Silverknowes or head inland along the banks of the River Almond.

If you want to venture further afield I’ve suggested “4 Great daytrips from Edinburgh


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  1. JohnMcgarvey on

    You might want to consider South Queensferry too. It’s a bus ride from the city centre but it doesn’t take long to get there and is a lovely spot with great views of the Forth road and rail bridges.

    There are some decent bars, pubs and restaurants for lunch too!

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