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  • Bottles of ale from the Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan, lined up on the bar © Allanwater Brewhouse
    Ales from the Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan © Allanwater Brewhouse
  • Shot of a number of Isle of Arran beer bottles
    Arran beer
  • The Tun Room of Traquair House Brewery, Innerleithen
    The Tun Room of Traquair House Brewery, Innerleithen
  • A glass of Simmer Dim Shetland Ale at Valhalla Brewery, Unst
    A glass of Simmer Dim Shetland Ale at Valhalla Brewery, Unst

Scotland has a long proud history of brewing beer, taking advantage of the natural environment, using the purest water and producing beer which is free from artificial additives and preservatives.

One of the best ways to experience many of these delicious ales is by following the fantastic Real Ale Trail where you can discover the ancient art of brewing beer on behind the scenes tours, as well as sampling a few along the way. 

The trail links a number of independent breweries across the country together. Stop off at the Colonsay Brewery, the smallest island brewery in the world or try some of the quirky named products from BrewDog, now one of Scotland’s largest independent breweries. BrewDog are renowned in the pub scene for their innovative beers that give a modern twist to traditional real ales.

From the light, refreshing White Wife ale from the Valhalla Brewery on Britain’s northern most isle, Unst in Shetland, to the zesty aromas of Arran Blonde from the Isle of Arran Brewery on the stunning west coast, you'll find a wide range of distinctive ales.

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