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13 stunning pub walks in Scotland

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These 13 pub walks suggest great walking routes in Scotland, plus a local pub or restaurant to relax in nearby. All the pubs and restaurants included have a range of special features to offer, including a real local welcome, high quality food, live music, log fires, local beer, vast whisky collections and more.

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Get to know the local area on a beautifully scenic short walk. These four will give you lots to chat about afterwards.


1. Sand and Applecross Bay & Applecross Inn

Wester Ross, Highlands

Looking across to the Cuillins from Applecross Bay

The Cuillins on the Isle of Skye from Applecross Bay

The walk: Sand and Applecross Bay

Time: 3 hours

Follow the route from the beautiful bay at Applecross out to the spectacular beach at Sand and enjoy stunning views out across the water to Skye and Raasay. The route described here begins at Sand, but can easily be done in reverse by starting at Applecross.

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The pub: the Applecross Inn, Applecross

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

Overlooking stunning Applecross Bay, The Applecross Inn is famous for its first class location and its menu, which boasts beautiful local seafood such as langoustines, smoked salmon and crab.

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2. Burns Circular Walk & The Globe Inn

Dumfries, south Scotland

Devorgilla Bridge over the River Nith, Dumfries

Devorgilla Bridge, Dumfries

The walk: Burns Circular Walk, Dumfries

Time: 2 – 2.5 hours

When Robert Burns moved to Dumfries in 1791 he would often walk along the banks of the River Nith to enjoy the nature around him. Follow his route along the river on this beautiful walk and look out for places connected with the Bard along the way, including Burns House Museum and his mausoleum.

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The pub: The Globe Inn, Dumfries

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

The most fitting place to end your walk – The Globe Inn – Robert Burns’ favourite pub, or ‘howff’ as he called it. Enjoy a varied menu featuring delicious locally sourced ingredients, including Lockerbie cheese and Galloway beef. At the bar, choose from 50 single malts or sip a pint of delicious real ale, made by local brewers, Sulwath Brewery.

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3. Aros Park and Tobermory circuit & The Mishnish

Mull, Argyll

Coloured houses and sailing boats in Tobermory, Mull

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

The walk: Aros Park and Tobermory Circuit, Isle of Mull

Time: 2 hours

This lovely walk begins with beautiful views out across the brightly painted harbour at Tobermory bay and continues past a stunning waterfall before looping around a tranquil loch.

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The pub: The Mishnish, Tobermory

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

Located in the yellow building on Tobermory’s iconic multi-coloured harbour, The Mishnish boasts a prime setting as well as mouth-watering bar meals, a roaring log fire, live music and a great range of beer and whisky.

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4. Wideford Hill & Helgi’s

Kirkwall, Orkney

The walk: Wideford Hill, Orkney

Time: 2.5 – 3 hours

Get your legs working on a hike up Wideford Hill and enjoy the panoramic views of Kirkwall and the surrounding islands from the top. On your way down explore the ancient Wideford Cairn, an underground communal burial site which dates from 3000 BC.

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The pub: Helgi’s, Kirkwall

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

Inspired by Orkney’s Viking past, Helgi’s is a charming traditional pub offering a tasty menu and a huge range of locally produced drinks, including whisky from Scapa Distillery and Highland Park Distillery, and beer from Swannay Brewery and Orkney Brewery.

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5. Waternish Point walk & the Stein Inn

Isle of Skye

The Raven's Coastline, Waternish Point, Isle of Skye © Flickr/Andrew

The Raven’s Coastline, Waternish Point, Isle of Skye © Flickr/Andrew

The walk: Waternish Point walk, Isle of Skye

Time: 3 – 5 hours

Stunning, wild and secluded, Waternish Point offers gorgeous sea views across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides and is one of the best places on Skye to spot whales and dolphins. The walk gives you plenty to see too – you’ll pass two ruined prehistoric dwellings known as duns or brochs.

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The pub: Stein Inn, Isle of Skye

Time to pub: 10 minute drive

Overlooking sparkling water, the whitewashed building of the Stein Inn promises a cosy retreat after a day in Skye’s stunningly wild landscapes. The menu boasts fresh fish, caught in the waters around the island, as well as Skye venison and beef. Look out for a great range of whisky and Skye ales to try too.

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6. Ben Vrackie & the Moulin Hotel

Near Pitlochry, Perthshire

Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

The walk: Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry

Time: 3 – 4 hours

Towering over the charming town of Pitlochry, Ben Vrackie is a popular hike for anyone visiting the area. At 841 m high, this mountain offers stunning views out across the countryside to the Cairngorms National Park.

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Moulin Hotel, Pitlochry

Moulin Hotel, Pitlochry

The pub: Moulin Hotel, Pitlochry

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

The Moulin Hotel is a former coaching inn that has stood since 1695. It even has its own microbrewery. Sample the brewery’s delicious beers and order from the tempting menu in the charmingly traditional pub, which has many period features, including open fire places and exposed stone walls.

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7. Edinburgh to Ratho & the Bridge Inn


The walk: Edinburgh to Ratho via the Union Canal

Time to complete: 2.5 – 3 hours one-way

This peaceful route from Edinburgh out to Ratho follows the tranquil canal towpath along the banks of the Union Canal. This lovely route is completely off-road as it follows the National Cycle Route 754.

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The pub: Bridge Inn, Ratho

Time to pub: mid-way on the route

After a good walk out from the city, the Bridge Inn offers a lovely relaxed setting for you to refuel. The tempting menu features a mouth-watering range of delightfully refined dishes and hearty pub meals, all made using the freshest, locally sourced produce.

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8. Beinn Chabhair & Drovers Inn

Near Loch Lomond

Beinn Chabhair. Loch Lomond © Flickr/Nick Bramhall

Beinn Chabhair. Loch Lomond © Flickr/Nick Bramhall

The walk: Beinn Chabhair, near Loch Lomond

Time: 5 – 6.5 hours

Located just north of Loch Lomond, this towering Munro stands at 933 m and offers stunning views of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park from the top. Look out for the plunging waterfall – Beinglas Falls – towards the beginning of the route.

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The pub: The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan

Time to pub: route begins/ends here

Established in 1705, the Drovers Inn is hugely popular with people bagging the Munros in the area (Beinn Chabhair is one!) or walking the West Highland Way. Enjoy the warmth from the real log fire as you savour some home cooked comfort food and look out for live music at the weekend.

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9. Loch Ness 360° Trail & the Castle Tavern

Loch Ness, Highlands

The walk: Loch Ness 360° Trail, Inverness

Time: varies per section of the trail, but around 6 – 7 hours

The Loch Ness 360° Trail is a great way to explore the mystical shores of this infamous loch. The trail in split into six sections – Inverness to Drumnadrochit, Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston, Invermoriston to Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus to Foyers, Foyers to Dores and Dores to Inverness. You can plan to complete all six sections on your trip, or if you’re only here for a short time, why not pick and choose your favourites? Whichever section you pick, you’ll be met with incredible scenery, a peaceful atmosphere and mesmerising views.

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The pub: The Castle Tavern, Inverness

Time to pub: less than 5 minutes

The Castle Tavern is a cosy, traditional real ale bar, restaurant and beer garden located in Inverness city centre, just off the banks of the River Ness. Tuck into the extensive menu featuring a range of delicious, locally-sourced foods, such as haggis crepes, sirloin steak, Scottish salmon and, of course, a good old fish & chips. Delve into the ever-changing collection of local ales and keep a look out for ‘Malt of the Month’.

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10. Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Meall Lighiche & Clachaig Inn

Glen Coe, Highlands

Meall Ligiche, Glen Coe © Flickr/Graham Lewis

Meall Ligiche, Glen Coe © Flickr/Graham Lewis

The walk: Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Meall Lighiche, Glen Coe

Time: 7 – 9 hours

Described by WalkHighlands as Glen Coe’s ‘forgotten’ Munro due to its remote location, Sgor na h-Ulaidh stands at a huge 994 m and offers beautiful views of the glen and it’s neighbouring Munros. A great day out in the Glen Coe mountains, the walk begins with an ascent of Meall Lighiche (a Corbett at 772 m) before continuing to its neighbour.

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Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe © Clachaig/Ed Daynes

Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe © Clachaig/Ed Daynes

The pub: Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe

Time to pub: 5 minute drive

A Glen Coe institution, the Clachaig Inn has welcomed visitors for over 300 years. It boasts three friendly bars to relax in, with over 350 different whiskies to choose from as well as locally sourced real ale, plus a tempting menu featuring hearty dishes such as beef burgers and haggis. Look out for the inn’s beer festivals, live music sessions, ‘meet the brewer’ events and whisky tastings.

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11. Creag Mhor and Loch Avon & the Old Bridge Inn

Glenmore, Cairngorms National Park

Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

The walk: Creag Mhor and Loch Avon, Glenmore

Time: 8 – 10 hours

A stunning trail through the lush surroundings of the Cairngorms National Park, this route passes turquoise blue lochs and offers great views of the ancient Abernethy Forest. Highlights include a hike up Creag Mhor, a Corbett at 895 m, and a trip to Loch Avon, described by WalkHighlands as ‘one of the most remote and impressive lochs in Scotland’.

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The pub: Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

Time to pub: 15 minute drive

Located on the banks of the River Spey in Aviemore, the Old Bridge Inn is famous for its roaring log fire, great atmosphere and tempting menu. The bar offers an excellent selection of cask ales and whiskies, and regularly hosts live music nights. Aviemore is just a 20 minute bus ride from Glenmore too (the start and end of this walk).

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12. White Mounth Munros & the Boat Inn

Cairngorms National Park

Loch Muick and Glas Allt Shiel lodge, Glen Muick © VisitScotland/Damian Shields

Loch Muick and Glas Allt Shiel lodge, Glen Muick © VisitScotland/Damian Shields

The walk: White Mounth Munros, Glen Muick

Time: 9 – 11 hours

Bag five Munros in one day on this epic circular route around Glen Muick, located in the east side of the Cairngorms National Park. Your bird’s eye vantage point offers unbeatable views of shimmering Loch Muick and Dubh Loch in the glen below.

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The pub: The Boat Inn, Aboyne

Time to pub: 50 minute drive

Although this former coaching inn is a 50 minute drive from the car park at Spittal of Glen Muick (this walk’s start and finish point), it’s well worth the extra travelling time. Not only does The Boat Inn serve up delicious home-cooked food, the bar also offers a range of craft ales sourced from Scottish suppliers, plus a good range of whisky.

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13. Ladhar Bheinn & the Old Forge

Lochaber, Highlands

Inverie, Knoydart © Michael Turek

Inverie, Knoydart © Michael Turek

The walk: Ladhar Bheinn from Inverie, Knoydart

Time: 9 – 12 hours

If you’re looking for a real ‘escape’ destination, Inverie is the place for you. Perched on the edge of jaw-dropping Loch Nevis, the tiny village is one of the remotest places on Scotland’s mainland (there are no roads to Inverie, so the only way to get there is by boat from Mallaig, or a very long walk over mountains). The spectacular setting and brilliant walking routes are well worth travelling for though. Inverie is surrounded by three towering Munros including Ladhar Bheinn (this walk’s destination) which offers stunning views of the rugged Knoydart landscape and out across the sea to the Isle of Skye.

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The pub: The Old Forge, Inverie

Time to pub: a few minutes’ walk

If you’re worried you won’t find much comfort so far off the beaten track – think again. The Old Forge has racked up a whole host of awards over the years and boasts a mouth-watering menu that’s famed for its locally caught shellfish. Famous as mainland Britain’s remotest pub (Guinness Book of World Records), The Old Forge is the perfect place to celebrate after a full day’s hiking, with a range of tempting cask ales on tap and regular live music sessions to get you in the party spirit.

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More information

Most of the pubs on this list either offer accommodation or there are other nearby options for an overnight stay.

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