7 of the best rooftop bars in Scotland to enjoy this summer

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On a hot summer evening what could be better than a cool drink on a breezy rooftop bar where you can soak up every last drop of evening sunshine.

Malones, Glasgow

Glasshouse Edinburgh. Picture: TripAdvisor

Glasshouse Edinburgh. Picture: TripAdvisor

The Magners Irish Cider-branded garden is on the rooftop bat at Malones Rooftop cider garden. With twinkling lights and built-in ice buckets, this rooftop has a laid back rustic backyard feel.

Enjoy an al fresco pint on their swing seats, in a VIP booth or hanging out at the barbecue station.

Forth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nicholls, Edinburgh

Dress up for a night out overlooking the grand St Andrews Square and the New Town beyond. This is the place for a celebration prosecco and fancy nibbles. Perched at the top of Harvey Nicholls, they have indoor and outdoor space.

The Record Factory, Glasgow

Don’t miss the single door to this rooftop haven from Byre’s Road. With minimalist décor and one of the largest beer gardens in the West End, it’s overlooked by surrounding flats but it’s a fantastic sun trap on a hot day. There’s even a small al fresco stage with live acts on year-round.

Black Isle Bar, Inverness

This bar tucked away on Church Street has a ‘secret’ garden roof terrace upstairs. Run by Black Isle Brewery there’s a huge choice of Black Isle Beers but they also feature craft beers from around the world. There’s also undercover seating In case you get caught in the rain with your craft brew and if your tummy begins to rumble there’s a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s a buzzing place on a Saturday evening and dogs are welcome.

Jinty McGuinty’s, Glasgow

This bustling little bar in Ashton Lane is a West End institution. This place has a great atmosphere and a lovely beer garden and roof terrace.

The Glasshouse, Edinburgh

The luxurious Glasshouse Hotel has a bar and restaurant on a stunning terrace overlooking the city with a two-acre roof garden and spectacular views of Calton Hill. Sip cocktails in this quiet green oasis in the heart of Edinburgh. This rooftop treat is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets and there’s a whisky bar just off the garden.

Rooftop Restaurant, Crieff

This rooftop restaurant and bar is at the Knock Castle Hotel and Spa in Crieff and has panoramic views of the breathtaking Strathearn Valley. There’s also fine dining in the restaurant and an extensive wine list with a number of rare wines. There’s outdoor seating so you can take in the view over the valley.