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15 Best Beer Gardens in Scotland

Its official, beer garden season has arrived! With restrictions easing, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold pint or glass of wine while being reunited with friends and family. To help you celebrate in style, we’re raising a glass to some of our favourite beer gardens across Scotland. From craft beers and classic cocktails to mouth-watering food, and bar staff on hand to help keep you fed and watered during your visit.

We’ve also listed a few nearby attractions and tours to visit beforehand to help make the most out of your day. With tables snapping up quickly, make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Cheers everyone!

1. Teuchters Landing, The Shore, Edinburgh

Teuchters Landing, Leith

Teuchters Landing, Leith

A regular stomping ground for Leith residents is Teuchters Landing. Once a waiting room for the Leith to Aberdeen steamboat ferry, the pub now entices visitors with its impressive collection of single malts, craft beers and delicious food. Tables are on a first-come first-serve basis with a 3-hour time limit to catch up with family or friends.

Fancy bringing your furry companion along? Dogs are more than welcome in the beer garden as long as they’re on a leash.

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2. The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry

With ice-cold refreshments and appetising bites including golden whole tail scampi & chips and chargrilled leg of lamb steak, The Old Mill Inn is set to impress visitors old and new. The pub welcomes a new beer tent area for 2021. Not only will you be able to enjoy your favourite tipple, but you’ll be able to stay dry if the weather has a few tricks up its sleeve. Tables are on a first-come first-serve basis so make sure to arrive early.

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3. The Waterfront Ayr

Drinks with a view. The Waterfront Ayr is one to add to the list if you’re on the hunt for a cool refreshment. From champagnes, wines, craft beers and cocktails, you’re definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to drinks here. The aroma of its delicious pub fare and seafood specialities will no doubt lure you in for a bite to eat. Dig into the speciality beef burger, fish tea favourites such as haddock and fish pie, or loosen your belt with a Whole Fish of the Day. Call or book a table via Facebook Messenger to secure your reservation. Good news, dogs are welcome too!

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4. The Giddy Goose, Dundee

We’re a sucker when it comes to aesthetically pleasing places and The Giddy Goose will certainly not disappoint. This Bohemian style beer garden is the ultimate summer hangout for a few drinks. If you’re planning to crack open a bottle of wine, make sure to order one of their delicious stone baked pizzas, it is the perfect combo after all. Bookings are available via OpenTable or by sending a message on Facebook, with all tables given a 2-hour time slot.

Things to do nearby:

  • Get your bearings around Dundee and view some cool street art with Open/Close Dundee
  • Enjoy a bit of retail therapy at Dundee’s Indie Markets. Here you’ll find everything from statement jewellery to tasty treats, all from artisan food producers.
  • A visit to the Dundee Museum of Transport calls for a wheely good day out! Get up close to a range of classic and modern modes of transport throughout the decades.

5. The Birds & Bees, Stirling

Make the most of your spring and summer afternoons by paying a visit to The Birds & Bees in Stirling. With two beer gardens to choose from, visitors can sample award-winning food and real ales while topping up their vitamin D levels. Tables can be booked by phone or book a request via their website.

 Things to do nearby:

  • Book a visit to Argaty Red Kites. Head to the hide where you’ll find some of Scotland’s rarest breeding birds.

6. Ducks Inn, Aberlady, East Lothian

Delicious fare and a varied selection of beers, wine and cocktails, you’ll go quackers for this charming inn. Situated in East Lothian, Ducks Inn is continuing to put a smile on happy customers faces. The beer garden is perfect for soaking up the rays with an ice-cold refreshment in hand. Don’t worry about bringing too many layers with you, the outdoor area has a sun trap as well as patio heaters to help keep you warm. Line your stomach with mouth-watering dishes, including sausage and mash and battered haddock, perfect for keeping those rumbling tummies at bay. Book a table today!

Planning to stay a wee bit longer? Make sure to book a room or if you fancy a weekend of thrills, check out our East Lothian itinerary.

Things to do nearby:

  • Visit Aberlady Bay – Britain’s oldest local nature reserve. Home to a variety of plants, wading birds and a regular summer residence for pink-footed geese.
  • Although you won’t be taking to the skies, the National Flight Museum is a great way to spend your day learning about Scotland’s aviation history. You’ll also get to view a world-class collection of aircrafts.

7. Glasgow Beer Works

Have a pint with the Big Yin! Not literally but the impressive art mural of Billy Connolly will help keep you company while you’re out having a good time. Open Thursday to Sunday, this pop-up beer garden has plenty of space to allow for physical distancing. Quench your thirst with a refreshing pint of beer, glass of wine or your favourite spirit. Not only that, you’re also helping to support local businesses and street food vendors nearby. Cheers to you!

A small deposit is required when booking a table at Glasgow Beer Works, this will be deducted from your final bill at the end. Book a table now before it’s too late!

Things to do nearby:

  • Glasgow takes its shopping very seriously. If you’re planning a trip to the city, make sure to spend your pennies along Glasgow’s Style Mile. With its eclectic mix of high-end and boutique stores, you’re bound to come home with a bargain or two.
  • Work up a thirst and appetite by taking a stroll through Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The pops of colours from its variety of flowers and plants will no doubt brighten your day.

8. The Blackbird, Edinburgh

Another Edinburgh favourite is The Blackbird. The beer garden has been given a recent makeover, transforming the outside walls into cool graffiti art, a great backdrop for a group selfie. Stocking everything from beers and spirits to fancy cocktails, there is even a great selection of mocktails on offer for the designated driver. Gin lovers will also not want to miss out on the Gin Hut serving a special menu with four gin cocktails inspired by Indian summers. Table bookings are now available via OpenTable for two hour time slots.

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  • Enjoy a feel-good tour from The Musical Walking Tour of Edinburgh. This musical journey is sure to be a real toe-tapper as you explore the city streets with songs performed by your friendly tour guide.

9. The Castle Tavern, Inverness

Visiting the Highland’s top attractions sure is thirsty work. It’s even more handy when Inverness Castle is across the road from one of the city’s beloved pubs. Stop by The Castle Tavern for a few pints in the beer garden. Take your pick of several cask ales on tap as well as a wide selection of Scottish beer. To top it all off, enjoy vistas overlooking the River Ness sitting across from the castle. You’ll also be joined by a special guest in the form of a life-size glass mould of Johnnie Walker, one of the first globally established advertising icons.

The outside area and beer garden are currently operating on a walk-in basis only, so please arrive early to secure your table.

Things to do nearby:

  • Pay a royal visit to Inverness Castle.
  • Bookworms can take a browse through Leakey’s, Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop.

10. Drygate, Glasgow (Peaks Bar & Terrace)

When it comes to good beer, you can never go wrong at the Drygate. Get ready for an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food as you unwind and take in all that the Scottish summer has to offer. With the country gearing up to a huge summer of sport, the Peaks Bar and Terrace have got you covered for your footie fix with its giant cinema screens. Make sure to book your table now so that you don’t miss out on all the action.

When the distillery reopens, take a tour, and learn how the beers are created, and discover the story behind the seven peaks. Not to be missed!

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11. The Taybank, Dunkeld, Perthshire

Spend an afternoon by the river at The Taybank. Home to three outside seating areas, it doesn’t get any better than sipping your favourite drink while admiring the beautiful scenery. Take a look at the menu to see what takes your fancy. Choose from tasty bar bites or if you’ve worked up a bigger appetite, why not have a meal instead? Highlights include braised ox cheek and pan roasted cod. Make a table reservation to experience the best of Perthshire’s food and drink scene.

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  • For picture-perfect walks, head to The Hermitage. This stretch of Perthshire forest is teeming with wildlife all year-round.

12. Bellfield Brewery Taproom & Beer Garden, Edinburgh

Enjoy a beer garden session in the capital with Bellfield Brewery Taproom & Beer Garden. From fresh pints of draught beer, alongside organic wines, Scottish cider, rum, gin, vodka and a selection of malt whiskies, you’ll never go thirsty here. They’ve even got you covered when it comes to all elements of weather too. From covered seating areas and umbrellas for those rainy days to heated booth seating when there is a chill in the air. You can even bring your dog along, so they don’t have to miss out on all the fun!

Table bookings are for two-hour time slots, but you can book two back to back time slots if there is availability, giving you 4.5 hours. Send an email to taproom@bellfieldbrewery.com to secure your booking.

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13. The Riverside, Dunblane

Many of Scotland’s beer gardens boast beautiful outdoor settings and The Riverside in Dunblane is no exception. Book a table in advance where you will be treated to glorious views, perfect for sipping away on an ice-cold beverage in hand. There are several drinks to choose from including draught beers and ciders, classic cocktails, gins and wines. In the mood to treat yourself to lunch or dinner? The bar’s savoury delights will no doubt tempt you. Will you choose the Scottish steak burger or tuck into a delicious ribeye steak?

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14. The Bridge Inn, Peebles

Looking for a traditional pub while on your travels? The Bridge Inn in Pebbles will do just the trick. This hidden gem has a stamp of approval when it comes to their drink collection, from malt whiskies to real ales, you’re bound to discover some new favourite tipples as well as old classics. Head outside to its expansive beer garden as you look out onto the River Tweed. Get in touch via their website or phone to book a table.

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15. Parklands Pub and Beer Garden, Perth

Parklands Pub and Beer Garden is one of the best spots for a relaxing afternoon. Book for 2, 4 or 6 hour slots while you soak up the views of the garden and South Inch park. There are large canopy umbrellas to give you shade on hot days and heaters to help keep you warm in the cooler evenings. To help keep you safe, all tables are outdoors, set in fours and physically distanced, with sanitiser provided. Drinks include an extensive selection of gins and malts, prosecco and champagne and beer and lager on tap.

Things to do nearby:

  • Marvel at the magnificent artwork of Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson and his wife, Margaret Morris at The Fergusson Gallery.
  • Treat yourself to something nice in George Street. You’ll find everything in one place from unique furniture pieces, fresh flowers to freshly brewed coffee at Provender Brown.

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