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Edinburgh -                   9 trails



Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.

Compton Mackenzie

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and lies on the East coast on the Firth of Forth. It has the second highest population in Scotland and is the largest city by area. The city is famous for its architecture and design, both the old town and the new town are World Heritage sites. It has a world famous Castle and hosts the Edinburgh Festival (and Fringe) every year.

The easiest way to get to Edinburgh is by train to Waverley station. There is also the second last station which is Haymarket .These stations are at either end of Princes Street and Haymarket is the stop for Edinburgh's West End

Trail 2 Haymarket station to Lothian Road (green icons)


This tour of the pubs starts from Haymarket station.


 The Haymarket.

 The Jolly Botanist (formerly The Spider's Web)

Diane's Pool Hall.

Carters Bar.

 Thompsons Bar


The Beer Kitchen

All Bar One


Red Squirrel

Ryan's Bar

The Angel's Share ( formerly HudsonsHP Mather.

Huxleys (was Rutland Bar

Ghillie Dhu.

The last five bars are also the first five in trail 1 (see above)



A place this size is bound to have its own guides to illustrate the vast quantity,  quality and styles of pubs.


CAMRA in Edinburgh


Edinburgh pub reviews 209 pubs from 2003-2008 and so is a little out of date.  links to 8 recommended pubs


Most of the pubs do serve real ale and while a lot of pubs offer a choice of real ale some only offer one which is inevitably Deuchers. Quite often these pubs are only playing at selling real ale and the Deuchers is not as tasty as it can be.


Practically every pub offers food at lunch or all day


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Edinburgh is a large city with many pubs spread over different areas of the town. Rose Street is a very popular drinking trail so I have ignored it and have introduced two or three (depends on your time and inclination) - now 6 or 7, other pub trails based in Edinburgh. There is a short one viewing pubs at the Grassmarket (red icons) and two slightly longer (or one very long) starting at Haymarket station towards Lothian Rd (green icons) or Haymarket to Princes Street (yellow icons) taking in pubs in the West End and Lothian Road triangle.

All of the pubs are highlighted on the map below.

Recently added is trail 4 linking West End trails to The Grassmarket Trail (blue icons) and trail 5 going beyond The Grassmarket (purple icons) and finally The Royal Mile (brown icons).

There are also trails in The Cowgate (dark blue icons), heading to The Southside (orange icons) and around Waverley Station (light Blue Icons)

Trail 1- Princes St to Haymarket Station (yellow icons)

 The Huxley (formerly Rutland Bar

 Ghillie Dhu

 The Angel's Share (formerly Hudsons)

 Ryan's Bar 

 HP Mather.

These first five bars are also the last five of trail 2 (see below). This makes it possible to link these to together into one long trail.

 The Grosvenor 

 Au Bar


Bert's Bar

 Mercat Bar 

 The Haymarket 


These last two bars are also the first two  of trail 2 (see below). This makes it possible to link these to together into one long trail.

Please take care crossing roads, traffic comes from everywhere in Edinburgh. It is worthwhile walking away from the pub across the road to get to traffic lights to then cross the road to  reach the pub safely.



a bear

Drink and Music

Traffic -

John Barlycorn Must Die

Trail 4 - Bread Street area - joins  trail 2 to Grassmarket (blue icons)


Walk up the left hand side of Lothian Rd from Princess St and after crossing to small streets start at

The Red Squirrell


The Beer Kitchen

All Bar One.

The Hanging Bat.

 The Chanter


The Footlights

The Blue Blazer

The Dragonfly Cocktail Bar

W.J Christie and Son (called The Grassmarket in trail 3).

Trail 5 - Beyond The Grassmarket (purple icons)


This tour of the pubs starts after trail 3 has left The Grassmarket or, alternatively, it can be started at the top of the Royal Mile, but not go down it.


At the top of the Royal Mile, the closest pub to the Edinburgh Castle, is

The Castle Arms

The Bow Bar

 Bar Salsa

 Oz Bar

 Greyfriars Bobby

Sandy Bell's


The Doctors

Bateco Do Brazil

Paradise Palms


George IV Bar

6. The Royal Mile (Brown icons)


Starting at the top and travelling down the left hand pavement The Royal Mille then returning up the hill on the opposite side - still the left!

The Ensign Ewart

 The Jolly Judge

 Deacon Brodies

The Albanach

 The Mitre

The Royal Mile Tavern 

The Whiski Bar

Number 1 High St

The Tolbooth Tavern

The Kilderkiln.

The return journey is  

Cannon's Gait

The White Horse

The Worlds End

 Inn on The Mile

 The Royal McGregor

CAMRA branches map & links To The Cowgate pubs To The Southside pubs

The Cowgate Trail 7 (dark blue) - the least interesting of the trails during the afternoon as several are only open in the evening. However there are a few nice pubs.It can be linked with some vistis in The Royal Mile

The Inn on The Mile

The Tron

The Advocate

The City Cafe



The Three Sisters


Bar 50

Holyrood 9A

The Globe


To the Southside trail 8 - orange icons


Inn on the Mile


The Royal Oak

The Whistle Stop

Brass Monkey

The Captain's Bar

The Southsider



The Dagba

Pear Tree House

The Blind Poet

Andrew Usher & Co

The Potting Shed

Some Edinburgh and the Borders area Breweries ...- links to web sites


Scottish Brewing web site



Andrew Usher

Barney's Beer


Black Metal brewing

Born in the Borders    (originally Scottish Borders Brewery)

Broughton Ales

Caledonian Brewery

Carbon Smith  unfortunately now moving to Manchester. Website has instructions on how to start a brewery in a bedroom.

Innes & Gunn

Stewart Brewing

Tempest Brewing Co    (Kelso)

9.  Around Waverley Station - out one exit and around to another entrance. Trail (light blue icons)

Half Way House

Jinglin' Geardie's.

Scotsman' Lounge

The Malt Shovel

The Hebrides


The Doric

The Booking Office

Guildford Arms

Cafe Royal