Sports, activities and exercise in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Guide
  • 16 February 2011
Sports, activities and exercise in Edinburgh

Portobello Swim Centre

Wide range of public sports and leisure centres in Scottish capital

The people of Edinburgh are an active bunch, and the city has an enviable range of public sports and leisure centres that don’t cost the earth to use.

The good news is that most of the facilities run by Edinburgh Leisure offer one-off classes and activities on a drop-in basis, so visitors and casual users can take full advantage of what’s on offer without forking out a hefty joining fee.

Options for racquet sports include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, which are available on a pay and play basis, as well as badminton coaching, squash courts and table tennis. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Port Edgar Marina offers courses in kayaking, power boating and sailing, many of which are also suitable for people with disabilities.

The city also has 16 public gyms and, if you just fancy having a swim, you can take your pick from ten pools - including modern centres and Victorian baths, many of which retain their original features, including the original Victorian Turkish baths at Portobello Swim Centre. For something with a slightly bigger splash factor, Leith Waterworld has flumes, wave machines and river rapids. The city’s main pool, the Royal Commonwealth, is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and is due to reopen its doors in 2011.

Edinburgh Leisure
0131 458 2100

Portobello Swim Centre
(0131 669 6888. Opens Mon - Fri 6am - 10pm; Sat 9am - 4.45pm; Sun 9am - 8.45pm.
Turkish baths cost from £5.40, opening times vary. Leith Waterworld
( 0131 555 6000 £4.60 (£3.10). Opening times vary, check website for details.

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