20 of Scotland's most unusual and quirky pubs that you need to try

Feeling a little bored of your usual pub haunts?

Scotland's quirkiest pubs
Scotland's quirkiest pubs

Spice up your next pint with a visit to some of the quirkiest pubs Scotland has to offer.

This central Edinburgh pub isn't just one of Edinburgh's oldest licensed premises - it also has its very own bowling alley. Might be worth grabbing your drinks after playing.

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This gorgeous pub on Skye is one of the oldest on the islands and can be accessed by crossing the Fairy Bridge. it sits in a historic village designed by architect Thomas Telford and was also the singer Donovan's local.
Music history buff? This legendary Glasgow venue is the place for you - Oasis were famously signed here in 1993. The pub has also seen the likes of Radiohead and the Killers pass through and continues to host great live music.
The Drovers Inn is notable for its interesting decor - with stuffed animals lining the walls inside. Each room is also individually styled if you'd like to stay the night - though the pub is also said to be haunted.
The wacky decor in this hotel pub is not to be missed, with specially commissioned artists having helped to redecorate last year. Look out for the winged stag that sits above the bar.
Though it can get a little touristy, Edinburgh's gothic-themed bar housed in an old church is one you have to try at some point. It has three bars over three floors, an eclectic menu and monster-themed parties.
With claims as Scotland's smallest pub, The Wee Pub is on Ashton Lane, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main road. It can only seat around 20 people, so make sure to arrive in good time.
In the small colourful village of Tobermory, this hotel pub has a quirky name and lots of cosy snugs within. You might also spot a few bands drinking here after recording in one of the UK's most remote studios on Mull.
Forget first dates - try your luck at "The Love Pub," otherwise known as Angel Hotel. This pub has seen more than 250 couples meet, fall in love and marry while working there.
Castle Tavern is most famous for its life-size tribute statue to Johnnie Walker - the famous 19th-century whisky tycoon. Just a couple of years ago, he was stolen and decapitated but thankfully is now restored for you to gander at.
With the random decor in this Edinburgh pub, you could stay in here all day just looking - there are bits and bobs lining every surface and even hanging from the ceiling, from model ships and umbrellas to rowing oars.
Though perhaps not so unusual in the past, The Laurieston is notable for sticking to its no-frills policy and reputation as a "pub's pub." It's a monument to the swinging 60's social scene and fascinating pictures line the walls.
One for the architectural geeks among us, The Abercrombie pub in Aberdeen is the last remaining property in Aberdeen with a sunk or external basement and is the only place on Union Street with stairs.
You'll be joining a host of famous historical figures when you grab a pint at this inn, including Dorothy Wordsworth and Queen Victoria. Look out for a poem etched into one of the windows by John Keats himself.
Initially built as a bank, this is a grand Glasgow pub built in a 1920s American style, where stepping through the doors feels like putting a foot into the past.
This one will be difficult to find: the pub is actually hidden in a cupboard in the Papa Westray Hotel which only opens up on Saturday evenings. It's a small but fantastic little hub for drinks and sometimes dancing.
The Arlington Bar claims to be the real home of the Stone of Destiny - a carved seat used for the coronation of Scottish monarchs until it was stolen in 1296 by the English king. Look out for it sitting in the bar.
Perhaps more interesting than the pub itself, the oak tree from which this pub takes its name is around 500 years old. Sit in the shade and enjoy an ice cream from their parlour alongside your pint.
Fans of Art Nouveau will love Paisley's oldest pub, the Bull Inn. It was established in 1901 and retains many stunning features including the bar frontage and stained glass windows.
This one is less a pub than a bar, but certainly deserves a mention for its unique setting. Flat 0/1 is a converted flat, still decorated in a 1970s style with a bed and kitchen, that hosts legendary parties.