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Top 7 Scottish Pubs

While Scotland may not command the respect that Ireland does in terms of pubs, it still boasts a respectable pub culture. And of course, while it’s incredibly difficult to do so, Panrimo has compiled a list of Scotland’s best pubs. Whether it’s in a nook down the street or one of the most recognized establishments in the city (or even country), you’ll always have a good time bellying up to the bar and grabbing a drink at each of Panrimo’s top 7 favorite pubs!

7.) Applecross Inn

One of Scotland’s more remote pubs, you won’t be disappointed making the trek out to this inn. Located in Applecross on the far West side of Scotland and overlooking the water to the Isle of Skye, you’ll reach Applecross after passing through Britain’s highest mountain pass, Bealllach na Ba. But once you arrive, you’ll find a quaint little inn with a beautiful waterside location, plenty of great food, and fresh beer on draught.

6.) The Anderson

Located just outside Inverness in Fortrose, the Anderson has picked up several culinary awards throughout Scotland. In addition to over 100 Belgian beers to choose from, the Anderson has also recently unveiled Knitting Nights, where skilled knitters or even beginners can kick back, pick up their needles, and enjoy a pint as well.

5.) The Halfway House

At the bottom corner of one of Edinburgh’s distinctive alleys in Old Edinburgh, the Halfway House is an unassuming little establishment. And although the Halfway House is indeed quite small, and can get a little crowded, you’ll find they have excellent rotating drafts, malt whiskeys, and of course food specials. So sidle up and have a chat while you’re waiting on a place to sit!

4.) The Port O’Leith Bar

Located in Edinburgh, this bar is owned by Mary Moriarty, one of Scotland’s most famous landladies. Styled after pubs that catered to sailors, you’ll find naval paraphernalia across the entire establishment, with flags covering the ceilings, post cards, caps, and other items covering the walls, and hearty food to drive out even the chilliest lingering of the sea.

3.) The Drovers Inn

Established in 1705 as a bar for drovers (fittingly), essentially cow shepherds who drive their cows through the fields to the nearby markets, the Drovers Inn is a fantastic historic choice to spend some time sipping pints and enjoying some hearty Scottish food. And of course, don’t forget about the massive selection of whisky. The Drovers certainly worked hard and played hard, and you can too!

2.) The Old Forge

The Guinness Book of World Records has declared the Old Forge to be the most remote pub in mainland Britain. Located on the western coast of Scotland near Mallaig, on one of the many peninsulas along the coast, you’ll find that although it’s remote, it’s typically always full. Locals from all around come to enjoy this pub’s fantastic seafood, including fresh scallops and of course the daily catch. Grab a pint and dig in.

1.) The Clachaig Inn

Arguably the most famous Scottish pub, the Clachaig Inn has been running for over 300 years. Located in Glencoe, you’ll find the inn hasn’t changed locations in those years, and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of many Scottish Highlands, seeking refuge from the elements and finding a hearty roast and some ale waiting.