Portobello Promenade, Edinburgh


Portobello Promenade offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Edinburgh area. The beachfront promenade gives access to nearly two miles of beach along with access to several bars and entertainments.

The Tap itself is situated right next to Straiton Place Park and offers a splendid place to top up your water bottles while enjoying a lovely sea view.

Read about the launch of the Top Up Tap in Portobello on the Scottish Water website.

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Wrap Your Taps!

This winter, we collaborated with a very talented knitter to yarn bomb our Portobello Promenade Top Up Tap, encouraging our customers to wrap their taps this winter, just as we have.

Insulating your pipes reduces the risk of bursts, and saves you a lot of hassle in the long run. For all things winter, have a snoop here.


Starting Point

Positioned pretty much in the middle of the two-mile long Portobello Promenade, top up from the tap and enjoy a host of activities and attractions in the area.

With its broad walkway and growing number of pubs, coffee shops and eateries – is perfect for grabbing your reusable bottle and strolling along as you enjoy the sounds of crashing waves.


East Promenade

Head east and in just 40 minutes – first passing the Portobello Baths (one of only three remaining Turkish Baths in Scotland) and hugging the coast as you pass through Joppa – you’ll reach Fisherrow Harbour and the start of Musselburgh.


West Promenade

Head west and in two miles – passing the site of former Portobello Outdoor Pool where Sean Connery was once a lifeguard and for dog owners, perhaps stopping for a famed liver cake for your pooch at the Crumbs stand – you will find yourself at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, which has been welcoming lost and abandoned pets since 1883.


Alternative Routes

Although the Promanade is brilliant for dogs, it can get very busy. Alternative options close by are Figgate Park, which boasts an impressive array of wildlife and fauna, and the National Trust’s Newhailes House and Gardens, which has an enclosed collections of many paths and walkways.

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