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Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
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
This tour of the pubs starts from Haymarket station.
The Jolly Botanist (formerly The Spider's Web)
Diane's Pool Hall.
The Beer Kitchen
All Bar One
A place this size is bound to have its own guides to illustrate the vast quantity, quality and styles of 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
What is 111,111,111 x 111,111,111
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.
Trail 3 : The Grassmarket Trail (red icons)
Trail 1- Princes St to Haymarket Station (yellow icons)
The Huxley (formerly Rutland Bar)
The Angel's Share (formerly Hudsons)
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.
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.
Drink and Music
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 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
Bateco Do Brazil
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
The Royal Mile Tavern
The Whiski Bar
Number 1 High St
The Tolbooth Tavern
The return journey is
The White Horse
The Worlds End
Inn on The Mile
The Royal McGregor
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 City Cafe
The Three Sisters
To the Southside trail 8 - orange icons
Inn on the Mile
The Royal Oak
The Whistle Stop
The Captain's Bar
Pear Tree House
The Blind Poet
Andrew Usher & Co
The Potting Shed
Some Edinburgh and the Borders area Breweries ...- links to web sites
Born in the Borders (originally Scottish Borders Brewery)
Carbon Smith unfortunately now moving to Manchester. Website has instructions on how to start a brewery in a bedroom.
Tempest Brewing Co (Kelso)
9. Around Waverley Station - out one exit and around to another entrance. Trail (light blue icons)
Half Way House
The Malt Shovel
The Booking Office