Edinburgh has become the latest addition to Nicholson's Pubs list of renowned Ale Trails across the UK.

The trail will take ale lovers on a journey through the Scottish capital and features seven of Nicholson’s most popular and historic taverns.

Edinburgh Ale Trail will wind its way around the heart of the old city, exploring the past of some of its most famous pubs. Available to download as a free app, users can create an account giving them access to offers, map tracking as well as information about each of the pubs. Once completed, users will then be rewarded with a 25 per cent off discount voucher saving money off their total bill when a main meal is ordered.

Nicholson’s pubs are chosen for their colourful history and deep links within the community. Just over three miles in length, ale fans can start anywhere on the trial. If starting at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, for example, you would be at the foot of Castle Hill in a pub named after the respected cabinet maker who led a dark double life of gambling and theft. Here, the trail continues through two haunted pubs, past Edinburgh’s agricultural and industrial landmarks, and close to the birthplace of a certain Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The app will also feature offers. Picture: Aura

The app will also feature offers. Picture: Aura

Jacqueline Henderson, Pub Manager at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern said: “Edinburgh is blessed with a fascinating history and intriguing characters. Take The Deacon for example, named after one of Scotland’s most notorious burglars, the pubs sits on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile – just around the corner is “Brodie’s Close”, containing his family residence and workshop – making it the ideal place to discover more about Edinburgh and enjoy a great-tasting ale.

The app also includes a map. Picture: Aura

The app includes a map. Picture: Aura

“Whether you’re here for the Edinburgh International Festival, to take in the beauty of the city, or the delights of our cask ales, we’re lucky to have seven charming pubs in Edinburgh each with its own story to tell. Thanks to the app, anyone living or visiting the city can follow the Ale Trail, find out more about Edinburgh’s Nicholson’s pubs and benefit from some exclusive offers too. They can also rate and comment on their favourite ales along the way.”

The full list of pubs on the Edinburgh Ale Trail include:

  • Deacon Brodie’s Tavern
  • Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar
  • Last Drop
  • The Haymarket
  • The Kenilworth
  • The Conan Doyle
  • The Mitre Bar

The Edinburgh Ale Trail is one of ten set up by Nicholson’s across the UK taking people on a great journey of discovery through some of its most historic pubs.

To avoid disappointment, please check individual pub pages for opening times before your visit.

To see the full Edinburgh Ale Trail, download the app from the Apple Store. Details can be found here.

See also:

6 of the best real ale pubs in Edinburgh

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