Scotland has its fair share of cold days and where better to spend them than down the pub? Whether you are looking to keep warm by a cosy log fire, enjoy some of your favourite comfort food or sample a fine selection of whiskies, a trip to the pub will no doubt raise your spirits. Read on as we give you the lowdown on cosy pubs and inns across Scotland to help you beat those upcoming winter blues.
1. Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
Steeped in history, Glencoe has had an explosive past; from volcanic eruptions to one of the most infamous massacres in Scottish history, the 1692 Glencoe Massacre. Thankfully, you will receive a warm and friendly welcome when you visit Clachaig Inn. It’s distinctive and lively character is a great way to spend quality time with friends or family while on holiday.
The inn is part of the Taste Our Best Scheme so there is a fine selection of dishes from Highland game pie and Aberdeen Angus cheeseburgers to haggis, neeps and tatties. Make sure to enjoy a wee tipple from the three bars, stocking real ales, Scottish gins and a fine selection of malt whiskies.
If you’re planning to stay for a few nights, make sure to book a room where all guests will receive a full cooked Scottish breakfast.
2. The Snow Goose, Inverness
As the seasons change there is nothing better than getting cosy by the log fire and sampling some hearty pub grub. Will the snow goose chicken & mushroom pie take your fancy or if you’ve been working up an appetite, dig into the mighty house burger? Make sure to have a look at their extensive drinks menu to help complement your meal. From local ales to craft beers and gins, you will never be short of choice when you pay a visit here.
3. Dreel Tavern, Anstruther
The East Neuk of Fife is renowned for its high-quality food and drink, providing the very best local produce from its land and sea. Whether you are stopping off for a quick pint or want to indulge in some home-comfort food, the Dreel Tavern’s cosy surroundings will make you feel right at home. Tantalise your taste buds with dishes including crab or tomato linguini and venison.
4. The Slaters Arms, Cannich
If you’re looking to stop off for a bite to eat and have a few drinks around an open fire, then you have come to the right place. The Slaters Arms cosy surroundings will make you feel right at home after a day of exploring, with Glen Cannich and Glen Affric just a short distance away. Dig into traditional Scottish favourites including fresh battered haddock and chips or home-made steak pie. You might even be joined by a few friendly faces for dinner, where the owner’s three dogs can be seen around the bar area.
Fancy a short getaway? The Slaters Arms provide three self-catering cabins fully equipped and insulated to keep you cosy during those cold autumnal and winter nights.
5. The Drake, Glasgow
Boasting a quirky layout with its exposed stone walls, an open fire and luxurious Harris Tweed seating, The Drake in Glasgow entices visitors to stay just that wee bit longer to escape the cold weather. After getting your bearings around the city, treat yourself to a delicious meal with dishes including braised shoulder of lamb and pan-fried hake. Of course, if you have room for dessert, highlights include sticky toffee pudding with ice cream and toffee sauce and The Drake Mess – the restaurant’s very own take on the classic Eton Mess. Mmmm delicious!
6. The Boat Inn, Aberdeenshire
Watch the world go by as you look out onto stunning views of the River Dee. This historic inn has been a firm favourite with locals and visitors with its beautifully decorated interior design and roaring log fire, keeping you warm and cosy during a cold day. From foodie favourites such as breaded scampi and Scottish reared rib eye steak, be sure to loosen your belt for a feast like no other.
Planning a longer stay in Aberdeenshire? Make sure to book a short stay here. With its soft furnishings, freestanding baths, balconies and comfy beds, what more could you ask for?
7. The Loch Ness Inn, Drumnadrochit
It’s not just the Loch Ness Monster which is the star attraction here, The Loch Ness Inn continues to delight guests old and new. With its contemporary style and tweed fabrics from the west coast, you will no doubt feel that you are living the Highland life while on holiday. The inn’s Taste Our Best accreditation means that you will not be disappointed with the delicious food on the menu. Why not complement your meal by sampling award-winning ales from the Brewery Bar?
If you don’t want to leave your dog behind, they can also be part of the holiday too, with the inn offering a selection of dog-friendly twin rooms.
8. The Jolly Judge, Edinburgh
After a day of exploring the splendour sights of Edinburgh, you really will have worked up a good thirst and appetite. With its low beamed ceilings, log fire and tranquil atmosphere, the Jolly Judge is a great place for visitors to get a taste of what the city has to offer. From its wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and high-quality pub food, you will leave feeling warm and satisfied.
9. The Steam Inn, Mallaig
If you are making a trip to Mallaig, hop off the ferry or Jacobite steam train for a good hearty pub lunch at the Steam Inn, along with sampling a malt or two. Enjoy home-cooked dishes, where only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. A firm favourite with visitors is the seafood delights, including fresh seafood chowder.
Fancy making your stay to Mallaig a little more worthwhile? Book a stay in one of the six comfortable bedrooms. One suite offers panoramic views overlooking Mallaig harbour to one side and sea views out to the Isle of Skye on the other.
10. The Kimberley Inn, Forres
Catch up with friends or family while on holiday at The Kimberley Inn whether you are looking to try the catch of the day or many other foodie options including a traditional steak pie or the wagu burger. After your meal, sit back and relax with a drink in the bar area as you enjoy the warmth of the open log fire, looking out to splendid views of the hills across the Moray Firth.
11. The Falls of Dochart Inn, Killin, Stirlingshire
There is nothing cosier than sitting by an open fire while tucking into a delicious meal. Experience a candle-lit dinner at the Falls of Dochart Inn where you will be amazed with the array of foodie options on the menu. From its range of sharing platters, homemade burgers and desserts, get set to enjoy a real taste of Scotland.
If you’re planning to extend your stay in Perthshire, be sure to book a room here as you drift off to the soothing sounds of the Falls of Dochart.
12. Traquair Arms, Scottish Borders
If you’re on the hunt for cosy pubs while holidaying in Scotland, be sure to add the Traquair Arms to your list. Keep warm as you relax in the traditional bar while you enjoy a Sunday roast with your favourite tipple. Fancy trying something new? Try out the selection of locally brewed ales, including Tempest and Traquair Brewery.
13. Òran Mór, Glasgow
Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, the former Kelvinside Parish Church is fast becoming a nightlife hotspot for locals and visitors to the city. Get a taste for Scotland’s national drink at Òran Mór’s Whisky Bar. With over 280 malts to choose from, enjoy an evening sampling some of the finest whiskies as you relax by the open fire. Keep your eyes peeled for large canvases by Nichol Wheatley dotted throughout the bar, depicting the tale of the classic Robert Burns poem, Tam O’Shanter.
14. The Abbotsford, Edinburgh
Named after Sir Walter Scott’s baronial mansion in Roxburghshire, the Abbotsford knows how to help you escape the cold spell of weather. With its Edwardian pub design and Jacobean ceiling, the pub oozes character while you sit back and enjoy a great selection of food and drink with good company. The pub has also welcomed a few famous faces over the years including Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane.
15. The Cross Keys, Kippen, Stirling
Nestled amongst some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery and between the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the Cross Keys offers a warm and friendly welcome to visitors sheltering from the cold. They’ve also got some seriously good comfort food to help warm your stomachs, alongside a selection of ales to wash it down with.
Looking for a comfortable night’s stay? There is a selection of rooms to choose from, all decorated in a contemporary style.
We hope that we have given you enough inspiration on where to find the cosiest places around Scotland.
Planning a winter break this year?
- Check out our other top picks on cosy accommodation
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