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5 Breathtaking Pub Walks To Take In Edinburgh

Walks = good. Boozy walks = better. H/T CAMRA's Edinburgh Pub Walks.

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Carry on downhill towards Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building.

After taking in the sights, follow the road as it winds past parliament and the palace gates, and hop on to the red footpath that takes you into Holyrood Park for an uphill stroll through the park towards Arthur's Seat.

Carry on towards Arthur's Seat.

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At this point, you've got two options. For an easy downhill stroll (ideal if you're full of nachos), follow the road around to the right of Arthur's Seat to Duddingston. For a more challenging walk, follow the path to the left.


Third pub stop: The Sheep Heid Inn.

It's claimed that there has been a pub on this spot in the village of Duddingston since 1360, which if true makes it almost certainly the oldest in Edinburgh, possibly Scotland. As well as serving a good range of draught and bottled beers, it also has its own skittle alley .


Then head to the Botanic Gardens.

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Follow this route to Arboretum Avenue, which will take you to the garden's West Gate. Head on in and wander through the gorgeous grounds towards the East Gate. Don't miss the spectacular Victorian glasshouses on your way.

Second pub stop: The Orchard.

When you pop out of the garden's East Gate, you won't be far from this gorgeous, airy Canonmills bar and restaurant that does a great range of draught beers and food. The salmon fishcakes are a particular treat.

Stroll through the New Town towards Circus Lane.

The next (short) stage of your walk takes you through the best of the New Town. Take a left when leaving the Orchard Bar and follow this route through King George V park, along Royal Crescent and Cumberland Street to end up back in Stockbridge.


Start at Trinity House. / Creative Commons

This beautiful Georgian building is run by Historic Scotland and was used as a guild hall and customs house in the 1800s. From here, go through the grounds of South Leith Parish Church on to Constitution Street, and head towards Leith Docks.

First pub stop: Malt and Hops.

From Constitution Street, turn left on to Bernard Street towards The Shore, where you'll find this atmospheric, green-painted pub that dates back to 1749. They have a range of rare ales and one-off brews you won't find anywhere else.


Third pub stop: V Deep.

At the end of your stroll you'll find V Deep, which bills itself as Scotland's first communal craft beer and curry bar. The brainchild of comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, it serves unusual craft ales (including a cardamom-laced "Vindabrew") as well as Indian treats like the salted pomegranate lassi, and a gorgeous garam masala spiced cauliflower cheese.


Start at Inveresk Lodge Garden.

This beautiful garden is run by the National Trust for Scotland. It's tucked away behind stone walls in the charming village of Inveresk near Musselburgh, and it's well worth having a stroll around before you start your walk.

Second pub stop: Levenhall Arms.

Levenhall Arms is a friendly and traditional two-room pub right beside Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club. As well as a good range of beers, you can also get a tasty lunch from the Indian restaurant (now called Levenhall Coriander) that shares the building.


Turn left out of the pub and head back towards the John Muir Way.

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Follow this route to rejoin the John Muir coastal path, which goes all the way to Prestonpans and past it on to Dunbar and North Berwick. In total, it stretches for 134 miles from Helensburgh near Glasgow and was named in memory of the Scottish environmentalist John Muir.

Third pub stop: The Goth .

This listed pub isn't full of teenagers in white make-up: It's actually named after the Swedish city of Gothenburg and is part of a historic movement of the same name where part of the bar profits are donated to community projects, so you can feel particularly virtuous while watching the sun set over the sea with a pint of Gothenburg Porter, made on-site in their microbrewery.


Head back to the path for a downhill stroll through the Braids.

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The path that led you to the Stable Bar continues on past the entrance. Follow it around to the left past various fields full of horses (you're currently in a livery yard) back on to the Braids and follow this route to your next pub stop.

Head towards Morningside via Braid Road.

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It's all downhill from here, which is probably a good thing if you're stuffed full of chips. Braid Road will take you all the way to your final destination through some pretty, residential streets. Follow this route and you won't go wrong.

Third pub stop: Bennets of Morningside.

Don't get confused and end up at Bennet's Bar in Tollcross: You'll be walking for ages if you do. This cosy, traditional bar is much closer. They have real ale available on tap, and cider if you fancy something more refreshing. You've earned it, after all.