Five Great Pubs within a Mile of Edinburgh Castle

Since AD 600 when it was known as Din Eidyn or 'the fortress on the rock', Edinburgh Castle has remained a symbol of continuity and endurance. Today, it stands proudly as Scotland's most-visited tourist attraction, welcoming visitors from around the world to explore its storied past.

So, if you’re visiting this iconic Scottish landmark and want to relax at some extraordinary pubs that are within
a mile of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, we’ve got you covered. Hearty food, fine ales, and authentic Scottish hospitality awaits.



1. The Last Drop, Edinburgh

First up is The Last Drop, located in the historic Grassmarket area. Rather darkly named after the public hangings that took place in the square, this pub combines history and hospitality in equal measure. It's the perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere of the city.

2. Browns, Edinburgh

Technically not a pub, but too good to leave off the list - next, we visit Browns, a stylish brasserie nestled in the heart of the city. With its elegant decor and extensive menu, Browns offers a sophisticated dining experience. Whether you're in the mood for a classic cocktail or a sumptuous Sunday roast, Browns has something to delight every palate.

3. Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh

Our next stop is Deacon Brodies Tavern on the Royal Mile. Named after the infamous Edinburgh citizen who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Jekyll and Hyde', this pub is steeped in history. Picture yourself savouring a wee dram as you immerse yourself in the tales of old Edinburgh…


4. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar, Edinburgh

We then head over to Greyfriars Bobby's Bar. Named after the loyal dog who guarded his master's grave for 14 years, this pub offers a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Can't you just taste the rich, creamy stout at the perfect spot to toast man's best friend?

5. Hector's, Edinburgh

Last, but certainly not least, we venture into Hector's in Stockbridge. Known for its eclectic decor and vibrant atmosphere, Hector's is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. How about ending your day with their signature fish and chips, paired with a refreshing craft beer?

So there you have it, five fantastic pubs within a mile of Edinburgh Castle.
Each one offers a unique experience, just waiting for you to explore.

You can find more places to enjoy good food, great drinks, and unforgettable
Scottish hospitality by clicking here – and we’ll see you in Edinburgh!