A Walk Along Portobello Promenade
Portobello lies just 20 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, and boasts a splendid two mile long beach, a thriving community and LOTS of wonderful restaurants and cafes.
As a lover of good food, Nature and the mighty outdoors, Portobello ticked all my boxes, as the ideal location for a week long Scottish vacation.
The weather was glorious throughout my stay.
The sunshine brought lots of people to the golden sands – some to walk the promenade, picnic on the beach, swim, sail, fly a kite, walk the dog(s)…
I enjoyed alfresco breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at a number of beach side eateries including The Beach House http://www.thebeachhousecafe.co.uk, Miro’s http://www.mirosportobello.co.uk and Crumbs http://www.facebook.com/crumbsofportobello
The coffee and crepes at Crumbs were particular favourites, eaten by the beach wall, simply watching the world go by.
By the way, Crumbs also provides cake for their canine customers!
A comfortable bench provided the ideal spot to catch up on some holiday reading.
The Turkish Baths
While a visit to the Victorian Turkish Baths at Portobello Swim Centre helped me relax further.
The Outdoor Pool
I was 3 years old, when my late mother took myself and my three younger sisters for a week by this Scottish shore, rather than our annual holiday in Donegal.
Memories flooded back of a visit to Portobello’s Outdoor Pool opened in 1936, which featured a wave making machine that created waves up to 3 feet tall. Sadly, the pool closed in 1979, and has since been demolished.
While researching this post, I learned that James Bond actor Sean Connery was a lifeguard there in the 1950’s. I wonder if he was working the day we visited?
A Vintage Poster
I just had to buy a vintage poster, which is now framed and gracing my bathroom wall.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk