Explore the lochs, rivers and breath-taking countryside of West Scotland. These 10 pubs all have rooms so you can use them as a base for your exploring. Hike the West Highland Way or take a more leisurely walk around a loch. End your walk in one of these fantastic pubs and enjoy the very best Scottish cuisine including local fish and venison, washed down with variety of wines, ales and perhaps end the evening with a local whisky.
Anchor, Kippford, Dalbeattie, Scotland, DG5 4LN
Popular waterfront inn overlooking yachting estuary and peaceful hills, nautical theme décor and slightly old-fashioned feel, open fire in small traditional back bar. Bright dining room, good choice of generously served food including local fish, two or three ales such as Harviestoun and Sulwath, lots of malts. Good walks and bird-watching, on Seven Stanes cycle route. Seven bedrooms. Children and dogs welcome. Open all day in summer
Selkirk Arms, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, DG6 4JG
Comfortable well run 18th-c hotel in pleasant spot by mouth of the Dee; tartan-carpeted lounge with open fire. Up to three real ales including a house beer from local Sulwath, 30 malt whiskies and 21 gins in a cosy refurbished bar. Good variety of enjoyable food in bistro and evening restaurant, afternoon teas, friendly service. Lovely garden with 15th-c font. Sixteen renovated bedrooms,. Children and dogs welcome (in Burns Room). Open all day
Steam Packet, Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Scotland, DG8 8LL
The friendly, family-run inn is in a pretty fishing village on the tip of the south-west peninsula and sits right on the quayside; big picture windows overlook the bustle of yachts and inshore fishing boats. This view is shared by some of the bedrooms. The comfortable low-ceilinged bar is split into two: on the right, plush button-back banquettes and boat pictures, and on the left, stools around cast-iron-framed tables on big stone tiles, and a woodburning stove in the bare stone wall. An airy conservatory leading into the garden. You can walk from here up to the remains of St Ninian’s kirk, on the headland behind the village.
Village Inn, Arrochar, Scotland, G83 7AX
Friendly lochside inn with well kept ales such as Caledonian and Fyne and several dozen malts. There’s a wide choice of popular food in simple dining area including breakfasts (till midday) and weekday two-course menu. Thepub has heavy beams, bare boards, panelling and roaring fire. There are tables out on deck and lawn with lovely loch and hill views, neat comfortable bedrooms (more spacious ones in former barn). Children welcome in eating areas till 8pm, no dogs, open (and food) all day.
Glenuig Inn, Glenuig, Lochailort, Scotland, PH38 4NG
Friendly bar set on picturesque bay, enjoyable locally sourced food including some from next-door smokery, well kept Cairngorm ales and a scottish cider on tap, lots of bottled beers and good range of whiskies, dining room with woodburner; dogs welcome, bedrooms in adjoining block, also bunkhouse popular with walkers and divers, moorings for visiting yachts, open (and food) all day.
Inn on Loch Lomond, Luss, Alexandria, Scotland, G83 8PD
Large open-plan inn across the road from Loch Lomond with tables out overlooking it, decent choice of food all day including local fish in bar and restaurant. They have well kept beers, some 30 wines by the glass and good range of whiskies. Friendly helpful staff; children welcome, private jetty with boat trips, bedrooms including eight in water’s edge lodge – great views.
Old Inn, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Scottish Islands, IV47 8SR
Unpretentious waterside pub with stunning views and well positioned for walkers and climbers. Simply furnished bar with exposed stone walls, bare-board or tiled floors, open fire. Cuillin ales and a guest, traditional cider and quite a few malt whiskies, tasty fair priced food using local fish and highland meat. Darts and pool; children and dogs welcome, picnic-sets on terrace by the water, bedrooms and bunkhouse also enjoying the views. Open (and food) all day.
Oak Tree, Balmaha, Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0JQ
Family-run slate-clad inn on Loch Lomond’s quiet side; beams, timbers and panelling, bar with lots of old photographs, farm tools, stuffed animals and collection of grandfather clocks. There is a good choice of food from sandwiches and snacks up, own-brew ales along with other scottish beers and over 50 whiskies. There are plenty of tables out around ancient oak tree. The pub is popular with West Highland Way walkers, seven attractive bedrooms, two bunkhouses and four cottages. Children welcome.
Galley of Lorne, Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Scotland, PA31 8QN
17th-c drovers’ inn on edge of Loch Craignish, cosy beamed and flagstoned bar with warming log fire, some black panelling. Up to four real ales and 50 whiskies and a good choice of food. A picture-window restaurant, good sea and loch views from sheltered terrace and deck. Seven bedrooms. Open all day summer
Cairndow Stagecoach Inn, Cairndow, Scotland, PA26 8BN
17th-c coaching inn in wonderful position on edge of Loch Fyne, good sensibly priced food including local venison and fresh fish. Ales from nearby Fyne and 37 malt whiskies (including a whisky of the month), friendly accommodating staff; children and dogs welcome. There is a lovely peaceful lochside garden, 13 comfortable bedrooms, six more in modern annexe with balconies overlooking the water. Open (and food) all day.