5 of the oldest pubs in Scotland well worth a visit

We take a look at some of the contenders for the crown of 'Scotland's oldest pub'.

GV of The Sheep Heid Inn, situated in Duddingston Village,  where The Queen had dinner in early July 2016. pic taken 12/7/16
GV of The Sheep Heid Inn, situated in Duddingston Village, where The Queen had dinner in early July 2016. pic taken 12/7/16

Lying at the heart of many a Scottish community, the local pub was often a lodestone for communication and revelry and its no wonder that so many have survived throughout the centuries to remain a tangible links to the past.

With histories that are often disputed (due to a lack of proof and the sheer age of many of the buildings involved) many pubs claim to be “Scotland’s oldest” here are some of the strongest contenders.

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Considered to be the oldest pub in the capital (if not the country) there is said to have been a drinking establishment here  in one form or another since  since around 1360. Picture: TSPL
Another that seeks to the claim the title of Edinburghs oldest pub, is The White Hart which is said to date back to 1516  well parts of it anyway  and while the remainder of the modern pub is said to have been built in 1740, theres no doubting its rich heritage. Picture: TSPL
Situated in the beautiful village of Drymen  found on both the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way  youll find what is said to be oldest registered licensed pub in Scotland dating back to 1734.
Like Edinburgh, there are more than a few pubs that claim the title of Glasgows oldest but in the Old College Bar we have what may be the genuine article  a plaque above the door proclaims it as Glasgows oldest public house. Ancient staging post and hostelry. Picture: Postldf\Wikimedia
Refreshingly, there seems to be little argument over the fact that Ma Camerons, a former coaching inn in Aberdeen, is the oldest in the city of Aberdeen. Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller