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Edinburgh’s Top 5 Traditional Scottish Pubs

They’re back! And boy, are we happy to see pubs starting to reopen. Edinburgh is famed for its traditional pubs, so we’re sharing our favourite five. Hopefully you will pay them a visit on your next stay at our boutique Edinburgh hotel!


The Last Drop

This classic no-frills pub can be found in the heart of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. The pub’s name derives from a dark piece of local history – it refers to the area’s last hanging in 1784, which took place just outside the pub’s doors! Spooky. Nevertheless, the cosy surroundings of low ceilings, quaint booths and buttoned leather benches create a warm atmosphere, despite the chilling history.The Last Drop[Photo credit: THE LAST DROP]


The Café Royal

The establishment where champagne and real ale meets - step (or stagger) back in time to the Victorian age. Class oozes from this lavish pub through ceramic murals, stained glass and golden ceilings. And while you’re there, it would be rude not take a pew in a spacious booth and indulge in some famous oysters. Delish!

Cafe Royal


The Athletic Arms

Located between two graveyards, the Arms is also known as ‘The Diggers’ to Edinburgh folk. Historically, gravediggers visited the pub after a long day with the afterlife. But, don’t be put off by the ghosts of the past! You will be kindly welcomed into this people’s pub, accompanied by a 250-bottle whisky collection.Beer


The Pear Tree

In need of a watering hole for those warmer days? Look no further. Perhaps the best beer garden in Edinburgh - the high stone walls prevent bitter winds unsettling this sun trap. The pub itself comes in the form of a magnificent 18th-century house, complete with twines of climbing branches. Is there anywhere more perfect?The Pear Tree[Photo credit: THE PEAR TREE]


The Sheep Heid Inn

Rumour has it, this is the oldest pub in Scotland! It was established in 1360, so it’s pretty ancient. If you’re up for a pub game, their equally vintage skittle alley is still in action, complete with 19th-century skittles. Or, for a dose of fresh air, their beautiful beer garden is the place to be. Authentic, traditional Scottish pubs don’t get better than this!The Sheep Heid Inn[Photo credit: THE SHEEP HEID INN]

We hope you enjoyed our list of Edinburgh’s top five traditional Scottish pubs. The pub is where the heart is, and that’s where we all want to be, too. Why not stay at our Hotel Indigo Edinburgh whilst you complete your tour? We’d love to have you. And remember, stay alert and stay safe.




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Stayed over the weekend with friends. Had the most fantastic time - from the moment we arrived Fiona on reception was so warm and welcoming, cocktails in juniper where amazing, bedrooms where really stylish - we all didn't want to leave!

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo. My room was very big and spacious, with an extremely comfortable, grand bed. The bathroom was very nice too, with Aveda toiletries. I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme.

For breakfast I had a Full Scottish, which was absolutely massive, with a choice of link or lorne sausage - I had the latter to be properly Scottish. Four types of pork product on one plate, I think - amazing!! I'm all about the hotel breakfast, so that was brilliant. Can't fault my stay here. The location is also very convenient for the main train station, and walkable to all of central Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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