Edinburgh’s Portobello, with its sandy beach and two-mile-long promenade, holds many memories for locals and holidaymakers alike. And the seaside suburb is having a moment again, having been named as one of the six best places to live in Scotland in the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ list.
“With interesting shops – a bookshop, artisan baker and a branch of Bross Bagels – it's no wonder that it is now the location of choice for artists, authors, foodies and cool young families.”
Portobello has always been a great place to live or visit, and here we take a nostalgic trip back in time, sharing some old photographs that show the suburb through the years.
Portobello Beach, 1961. Photo: TSPL
2. Portobello Beach, 1952
A packed Portobello Beach during the Trade Holidays in 1952. Photo: TSPL
3. Entrance to Fun City, 1974
The gate to Fun City, slot machine arcade and amusement park on Portobello promenade, September 1974. Portobello power station can be seen to the left of picture. Photo: TSPL
4. Portobello 'Victorian Splash', 1989
Don't be fooled by the clothing. This picture isn't from the Victorian era. In June 1989, locals dressed in historical costume for a splash in the sea during the Portobello 'Victorian Splash'. Photo: TSPL