Length 3.6 km (2.2 miles), terrain: flat
Here's a route that puts you into an unexpected surroundings for an Edinburgh run: right along a sand beach, with tourists and seagulls vying for space on the sand, and ships entering the Firth of Forth off past Inchkeith Island. Portobello is a bit like a Scottish Ft. Lauderdale: there is a beach promenade with small parks, a public swimming pool, a little amusement park and a stretch of row-houses. The stretch of sand is just a mile long, though, adjoined by rocky coastline to the north and south.
|The promenade in Portobello|
This run is a bit short, but it can (and should) be extended with a bit of zig-zagging along the quiet side-streets, with their pleasant homes and churchyards. Or you can keep running southwards towards Musselburgh. The trail there is along a street, but still not bad.
|In a park along the promenade|
So now you're there: let's run! Turn left onto Bridge Street, towards the east and the water and start running. You'll go by a small parking lot, and after that you'll see a small square that abuts the beach promenade.
|Heading south, into the sun on the promenade|
|Passing the boat club|
|Bellfield Street, just off the promenade|
|The way back along the sand|
|Cruise ship coming into the Firth of Forth|
Another idea to lengthen the run is to continue it at the north end when you get back to Bridge Street. The promenade continues into Seafield, past some industrial-looking buildings and car dealers. Just keep looking out to sea, and it looks much nicer!