“Forget the golden sand paradise in Miami” – Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh says Edinburgh has the best beach
The writer, who grew up in Muirhouse, raised his sticks to Florida a few years ago, but he told The Guardian that Silverknowes Beach made it “the most nostalgic”.
“I am very happy to live in Miami Beach,” said the 62-year-old Trainspotting writer. “I’m a five-minute walk from this golden-sand paradise of the same name, and I usually stroll down the street to the front of the shimmering blue Atlantic.
“I love living here and I love beaches in general. But my favorite coast remains the one that helped shape the milk bottle skin and beer gut that set me apart as the perennial outcast in such a thinned out South Florida setting.
“Yes, excuse the nostalgic indulgence, but I’m going back to the Muirhouse parish plan and our popular Silverknowes beach.
“OK, I’ll allow at first sight that this ‘beach’ is an ugly, storm-lashed tangle of rock that hugs the Forth Estuary on its muddy journey into the cold, unforgiving North Sea.
“For a child, Silverknowes Beach was just an unbridled pleasure. This was improved exponentially when you had cash for an ice cream cone from the retail store along the winding area of the boardwalk.
“The Seashell Café was based on the architecture of the nearby project, with a nod to the oncoming pill boxes on Cramond Island, which were intended to deter Nazi submarines and which grew into spontaneous brothels in the post-pill era.”
Edinburgh writer Irvine Welsh thinks nostalgically about Silverknowes Beach.