It opened on 23 May 1871, and in August of that year, on the holiday to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, over 2500 people visited the pier, at a cost of one penny. The success of the pier saw day-trippers come by train from all over southern Scotland to Portobello. Pleasure boat excursions to the Isle of May and Fife were also offered. However, the fact that the pier was open on a Sunday caused controversy.
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