Edinburgh’s Costa del Sol, Portobello
Once a thriving seaside resort to rival anything abroad the years have not been particularly kind to Portobello. Lying to the north east of the city centre, it’s now a mainly run down largely depressing place. It’s still heaving on warm sunny days but when the weather starts to turn there’s not a lot to draw the crowds down here these days. Sad to think it was one of the main tourist destinations of the city but now few tourists will ever see it.
This used to be a thriving entertainment centre, it had a mini theme park attached and it’s arcade games drew in the crowds, these days it’s a dingy place with a little used ten pin blowling alley and a collection of ageing arcade and fuit machines. Not quite the “Funpark” it’s name claims.
Signpost outside the Funpark, leading the unwary to the delight of Portobello. Blackpool it isn’t.
Inside Nobles Amusements, I’d have liked to have taken more but the security guy was on my back as soon as he clocked a camera. One of the few places you can still play prize bingo. Funnily enough, these machines actually seem to pay out, there were plenty of willing punters ready to give it a shot too.
Fish and chips and the beach, it just goes together doesn’t it? Sad to say, the produce wasn’t as traditional as they advertise, chips shouldn’t be in polystyrene boxes!
Possibly the highlight of Portobello. When the tide goes out you can walk along the beach beyond the breakwaters. These days the beach is pretty clean but it did have a reputation of being rather manky in years gone past.
I suppose strictly it should be titled the Portobello Swim Centre, but in years gone by this was always referred to at the Porty Baths. My dad attempted to teach me to swim here many years ago. Quite a grand building inside it’s quite good it’s still here and not gone like the old outdoor pool which is now a set of 5 a side pitches.
Finally to finish this is a great shot to illustrate Portobello. It’s cold down here in late autumn/winter. It’s a fairly exposed position here on the Forth, bring a coat if it’s not July or August. You’ll need it.