Scotland is famed for its quality whisky, beautiful scenery and friendly people. If you ever pop up to Scotland make sure you visit some of its atmospheric public houses and inn’s to get a real sense of Scottish culture.
Here are a few of the many fantastic pubs to choose from on your next visit to Scotland.
The Albert Tavern in Fife has won the coveted title of the CAMRA Scottish Pub of the Year 3 times, most recently in 2010. The pub has won the CAMRA awards because of its friendly atmosphere and its family-orientated atmosphere.
The pub is famous for its range of real ales and hosts guest ales each week, supporting micro breweries across Scotland. Not only does the Albert Tavern have a wide range of ales, but the building itself it steeped in history; it used to be a coaching house, dating back to 1780 when the Falkland Palace was occupied by the Royal family. So if you ever visit Fife make sure you relax in the Albert Tavern with real ale.
The Golf Tavern
The Golf Tavern is located on the edge of Bruntsfield Links and was founded back in 1456, making it one of the oldest pubs in Scotland. It was used as a meeting place for golfers until the 19th century.
The Golf Tavern is still a popular meeting place for golfers who like a refreshment and a meal after their round of golf and also houses the largest collection of golfing memorabilia in Scotland. It has recently been renovated and now has a more modern feel; however, for avid golf fans this is a pub not to be missed when you’re teeing off on Edinburgh’s second-to-none golf courses.
The Oxford Bar
The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh is another pub which you should visit if you’re nearby. The pub dates back to the 19th century as was associated with Willie Ross and Sydney Goodsir Smith, as well as more recently being famed for its mention in Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus Collection.
The pub is popular for its extensive whisky collection as well as its popular ‘Pie Machine’, which was first introduced in the 1950’s. The pub hasn’t changed much at all over the past 150 years which is something which contributes to its charm – definitely one to visit if you’re in or around Edinburgh.
If you’re a fan of Robert Burns or just a fan of poetry in general, the Globe Inn, Dumfries is definitely worth a visit. The Globe Inn was established in 1610, which ended up being the favourite haunt of Robert Burns, probably most famous for his poem Auld Lang Syne. He famously wrote about the pub: “… the Globe Tavern here, which these many years has been my Howff …”
The Globe is still very traditional and even boasts the preservation of Robert Burns’ favourite chair and its original fire place. The Globe has a huge array of whiskies to sample when you visit; 42 to be exact. The pub also specialises in draught beer and real ales. The Globe Inn is well worth a visit if you’re in the Dumfries area- keep an eye out for the reported ghost!
The Old Forge
The Old Forge is officially the UK’s most remote pub, made official by none other than the Guinness Book of Records. You can only reach this pub if you’re prepared to take on an 18 mile hike or a 7 mile sea crossing- no roads go to or from the establishment. Once you reach the Old Forge you won’t be disappointed. You can eat, drink and sleep here and indulge in the fantastic array of seafood the inn has to offer.
Their specialty is langoustines and scallops, both caught in the waters nearby. All produce is sourced within a 15 mile radius, meaning that the inn supports local businesses and takes full advantage of the fishing opportunities you’d only get in this spot. All ales are from the Glenfinnan micro brewery that is just 25 minutes away. If you want to eat, drink and sleep in peace it’s worth a visit to the Old Forge.