New Homes in Portobello 

 

Live the life

If you want to live close to the beach yet within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre, Portobello could be the right place for you to settle. Located on the coast, the suburb has everything from award-winning beaches and sports clubs to regular markets and festivals, so there’s something for the whole family to enjoy close to your new home in Portobello.

Things to see and do

Portobello is a vibrant suburb of the Scottish capital, with beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings in the centre and miles of sandy beach. There are cafes, restaurants, live music venues and traditional seaside arcades in the local area, while the Turkish bath at Portobello Swimming Pool is one of just a few of its kind across the whole country.

The suburb is best known for its beach, which has a promenade for walks along the seafront and hosts a number of events throughout the year including volleyball competitions and the Edinburgh Beach Busk.

If you enjoy getting active, you can join the local kayaking, sailing and rowing clubs, go for a walk in the Pentland Hills Regional Park or Dalkeith Country Park, or hike up to Arthur’s Seat in central Edinburgh. The city centre is also home to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Camera Obscura and Edinburgh Castle.

When you want to go shopping you can browse the independent shops along Portobello high street, go to the monthly market at Brighton Park, or take a day trip into Edinburgh to shop at high street and designer stores along Princes Street and George Street.

Other places of interest include Portobello Golf Course, Figgate Park and Craigentinny Golf Course.

Education

For families, we know it’s important to scope out schools before you move. There are plenty of schools to choose from in the local area, including Towerbank Primary School, St John’s RC Primary School, Portobello High School and Holy Rood RC High School.

If your children are older and want to get a degree, Edinburgh is home to the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University. Edinburgh College Milton Road Campus is also near Portobello.

Getting to Portobello

Although there’s no train station in Portobello, there is a station nearby in Brunstane, and regular bus services go into Edinburgh city centre and beyond. The suburb is also near the A1 and A199 for routes out of the city.

If you’re commuting into Edinburgh, the car journey takes around 15 minutes while the bus takes 20 minutes and the train from Brunstane takes less than 10 minutes to get to Edinburgh Waverley. Glasgow is around one hour 20 minutes away from Portobello.

For journeys to London, the train from Edinburgh Waverley takes around five hours while the flight from Edinburgh Airport takes just one hour 15 minutes. The airport is only a 30 minute drive from Portobello, ideal for hassle-free holidays.