As long ago as 1795 newspaper adverts were promoting Portobello as the perfect coastal getaway, with bathing machines for hire with “steady horses and careful drivers, bathing sands perfectly free from stones and danders, the water clear and the beach very retired”.
From 1846 and 1964 a railway station made it easy for visitors to visit th e resort, which was also home to a lido, an outdoor pool, a pier and a permanent funfair.
By the 1960s, the beach was perhaps best known for the amusement arcades and funfair attractions that ran along the length of the Promenade – with only Tower Amusements remaning today.
Here are 20 pictures to take you back to those times in the 1950s and 1960s.
Edinburgh's Morningside: These 28 pictures from the 1950s and 1960s show the fascinating past of the residential neighbourhood