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Ten stunning pub walks in Scotland including hidden gems and historic sights

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Walking to the pub is among the most popular pastimes for visitors in Scotland, tourism chiefs have revealed. VisitScotland statistics show that walking and hiking is the number one intended activity for visitors – and the majority sample a Scottish pub during their visit.

The national tourism organisation has listed some of Scotland’s most stunning ‘pub walks’, featuring great hiking routes through the country’s world-famous scenery each with the reward of a pub at the end.




Steve Duncan, VisitScotland’s outdoor tourism marketing lead, said: “Our research shows that walking and food and drink experiences are two of the most popular activities for visitors to Scotland.

“Pub walks offer a great way to combine these, encouraging people to explore an area on foot and enjoy our natural landscapes as well as sampling locally produced food and drink.”

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Ten of the best pub walks in Scotland

1) Sand to Applecross Bay and Applecross Inn in Wester Ross:

The Applecross Inn on a rainy day in Wester Ross(Image: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

This 2 hour route follows a route from the pebbly bay at Applecross out to the spectacular beach at Sand, with atmospheric views and shifting vistas across the water to Skye, Rona and Raasay. Overlooking Applecross Bay is the famous Applecross Inn.

2) Arthur’s Seat and Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh:

The Sheep Heid Inn has served thirsty patrons for hundreds of years(Image: Kim Traynor / Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston)

This 1.5-2 hour pub walk takes in Arthur’s Seat, the ancient volcano that dominates the Edinburgh skyline with views of the city, across to Fife and down the east coast on route to Duddingston Village and the Sheep Heid Inn, one of Scotland’s oldest pubs, dating back to the 14th century.

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