Looking At Edinburgh

16 November 2008

Portobello house with tower

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a building with a tower

This photo is available on Redbubble: Portobello Tower.

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29 October 2008

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink

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the stone drinking fountain on the Promenade

This drinking fountain was built about 1870, and closed in the 1950s due to vandalism.

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24 October 2008

Looking along the Promenade

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looking from the water board station at Joppa

The Scottish Water pumping station at Joppa, at the far end of the Promenade, was the last one to be built in the Edinburgh area, and it’s an impressive building with circular stone steps down to the sea.

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18 October 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: Shadows falling on the sand

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shadows on the beach

Late autumn afternoon on Portobello beach, the sun behind the buildings all along the Promenade.

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24 September 2008

Newhaven: Western Harbour from the breakwater

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Western Harbour from the breakwater

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5 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: the Promenade

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The street that faces the sea at Portobello that is called the Promenade on the city maps (Google Maps link) is reached from the end of Kings Road, turn left.

But if, at the end of Kings Road, you turn right, there is a broad, quiet, pedestrian-only pathway (bikes allowed) along which you can walk, with the sea on your left and houses and chip shops and a swimming pool (and amusement parks!) on your right, as far along as where Coillesdene Drive meets the Joppa Road. (Google maps link) It’s a great walk.

There are places for children to play:
The playpark on the Promenade

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4 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: Portobello beach

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The beach at Portobello is brownish, gritty sand – comfortable enough to lie out on in the sun, and excellent for building sandcastles. It is so frequently trodden – city beach – that above the high tide mark, I don’t recall ever seeing it smooth.

The sea wall is high above the beach, and there are cobbled ramps down to the sand.

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3 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: Fun Park and Fried Food

Porto Restaurant

This is the other side of coastal Edinburgh: the deep-fried food and shiny fun parks. There are fairly obvious reasons why this is so: if you go for a sunny day on the beach, it will probably rain. All of these places have been around for decades – if they’ve changed ownership in twenty-five years, they haven’t changed name or function.

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2 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: looking across the firth at Fife

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two children on the beach at Portobello, looking across the Firth to Fife

If you look at Portobello on Google Maps, you see that Portobello is on the Firth of Forth (firth is east coast Scots: on the west coast, they call it a sea loch, and in England, they just say estuary). So on any reasonably clear day, you can see Fife, on the other side of the firth.
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1 September 2008

Coastal Edinburgh: The shore at Portobello

Historically, Edinburgh isn’t a seaside city: the original Edinburgh, the walled city, where everyone lived until the union of Crowns and Parliaments made people feel they could risk building the city outside the walls, is centred around the spine of stone on the highest end of which the Castle was built.

Leith was always Edinburgh’s port (see the history of The King’s Wark on the Shore) but used to be an independent town: it was not merged with Edinburgh officially until 1920. (It confuses some visitors that Leith Walk seems to have different names like a patchwork all the way down: Leith Walk is the name of the road, which once ran through the countryside between Edinburgh and Leith: the streets built to either side of Leith Walk of course have different names. Often.)

Leith is a town with a long history and an independent character that still exists today: but Portobello didn’t exist as a town until the 18th century, when in 1755, William Jamieson, the builder and brickmaker (his works produced the bricks used to build the New Town) built a house on what was described as a “barren heath” for George Hamilton: Hamilton called it “Portobello House”, because he had been present when Admiral Edward Vernon captured Puerto Bello on the Isthmus of Panama in 1739 in the War of Jenkins Ear. Portobello House was demolished in 1862, and the Town Hall stands there now, but by then Portobello was named. Portobello is part of Edinburgh too now – it’s walking distance from Leith, at least, I’ve walked it, one Christmas Day years ago. And it’s mostly just a town – a small town that Edinburgh has grown around, encircling. You can get there on an ordinary bus, or walk it if you have to. If you want beach or sea, there it is.

The shore at Portobello
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