Whether it is a cosy roaring fire, a food menu adorning tasty homecooked classics, an extensive selection of gins and whiskies or an ambience that’s second to none, there are many reasons why visiting a traditional pub should be on your must-visit list this winter.
Here are five of the cosiest pubs in Scotland that will warm you up:
The Kimberley Inn is a traditional pub overlooking the beautiful Findhorn Bay on the Moray Coast. In the winter, the bar is the ideal place to soak up the heat of the cosy log fire while in the summer the patio is the perfect spot for taking in the magnificent views.
Selling craft ales, Scottish gins and malt whiskies, it is a lovely place to spend the evening. Food is served all day, with the menu consisting of good quality dishes. Daily specials range from the infamous Buckie haddock to an amazing homemade steak pie. The Kimberley Inn also specialises in local seafood so there is something for everyone.
Dogs are also welcome making it a lovely rest stop from a walk along the beach.
Reservations can be made for parties of six or more to guarantee you a table on busy weekend nights or drop in and speak to a member of staff and they will happily accommodate.
There is also a selection of holiday lets available if you want to extend your trip in Findhorn.
*Find out more about the Kimberley Inn by clicking here to visit the website.
The Old Inn is a free house sitting on the shore of Loch Harport with beer garden views across the water towards the Cuillin on Skye.
The inn is popular with locals and visitors alike, craic is good and the location makes a great base for hillwalking or exploring the island by car.
The atmosphere is cosy with real fires burning in the winter and regular, traditional live music sessions throughout the year. The bar is well stocked with local spirits and beers and there is a wide range of whisky on offer.
The kitchen serves homemade food all day with daily specials and is well known for its Sunday roasts.
Various accommodation options are available in the Waterfront Bunkhouse or en-suite B&B rooms in The Lodge and you are welcome to take your well-behaved dog with you when you visit.
*For reservations and information call 01478640205 or visit the Old Inn’s website by clicking here.
Nestling in a cobbled flagstone close, just off Dumfries High Street, The Globe Inn –first established in 1610 and Robert Burns’ favourite howff – combines rich and passionate history with a stunning and sympathetically refurbished restaurant and bar.
The Globe offers a fusion of modern culinary techniques and traditional Scottish ingredients which can proudly sit alongside the best in the country.
Reserve a table in the atmospheric ‘1610 Restaurant’ or choose the stunning Private Dining Room for your next business or family function, where you’ll enjoy food of impeccable quality prepared by our Michelin-experienced chefs.
You can select a dram from amongst the largest selection of whisky in the region and even try a snifter of Annandale Distillery’s rare, award-winning Man O’Sword peaty Single Malt. They also have an interesting selection of unusual cocktails and an extensive list of sensibly-priced quality wines.
By special arrangement you can sit in Burns’ chair, but only if you can recite a verse of the Bard’s poetry, or visit his bed chamber and read the diamond etched verses scribed on the window glass by his very own hand!
*Visit The Globe Inn’s website by clicking here.
Famous to sailors and travellers the world over, The Port o’Leith has a reputation of providing a fun and occasionally remembered time.
The Port has undergone a recent refurbishment and continues to get the good folk who visit soaked when visited. Stocking a fine selection of beer, wine and cider, the bar also boasts probably the biggest selection of spirits in the area, with 250-plus bottles on the gantry.
A must visit when visiting or peeving in Leith!
*Visit The Port o’Leith on Facebook by clicking here.
Brewing and pouring since 1996, the multi-award winning microbrewery and real ale pub The Allanwater Brewhouse greets everyone, locals or tourists alike, with a warm welcoming smile.
They pride themselves not only in great beer, informative tours and live acoustic music but, more than anything else, truly outstanding Scottish hospitality. The owners see it as their privilege to give each and every one of their valued guests a unique and unforgettable experience.
Nestled in the Victorian spa town of Bridge of Allan, the highly trained team welcome you to join them by the log-burning fire and enjoy a pint and the friendly atmosphere.
At The Allanwater Brewhouse, customer satisfaction is a number one goal at all times. Here, there is no loud recorded music, no huge TVs and no gaming machines just a relaxing happy atmosphere, attentive and knowledgeable staff, great beer and good conversation.
In the bar there is a range of eight award-winning artisan cask ales and real traditional ciders all brewed on the premises using locally sourced, 100% natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods.
They offer true Scottish hospitality by highly-trained staff and extend a warm welcome to new and returning visitors as well as regular customers.
*To find out more, visit Allanwater Brewhouse’s website by clicking here.
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