Five beautiful roof terrace bars in Scotland

Why not enjoy the view from some of these beautiful roof terraces.

Published 15th Oct 2015
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Chaophraya - Edinburgh

Formerly Oloroso, Thai chain Chaophraya has proved a hit in Edinburgh thanks to the uninterrupted views of Edinburgh Castle available on its roof terrace, as well as its massive menu of South East Asian classics and inventive Thai-inspired mixed drinks – Absolut Mango vodka mixed with coconut rum, lime and mango juices and vanilla syrup, garnished with toasted sesame seeds, anyone?

Sitting on the corner of Castle Street and George Street, it feels as though you could reach out and touch the Castle from over your cocktails and crispy duck salad – although don't attempt this if you've had a few of the former.

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Windows rooftop restaurant - Glasgow

Windows rooftop restaurant at the Carlton George hotel on West George Street in Glasgow's city centre boasts panoramic views of the city skyline thanks to its seventh-floor location, surrounded by beautiful red sandstone.

This terrace makes good use of its original architecture rather than being purpose-built which adds to the atmosphere. To take advantage of the vista during the day, the Champagne afternoon tea is a good bet at just £20.

Harvey Nichols' Forth Floor - Edinburgh

Not just cleverly named, the small but perfectly-formed terrace at Harvey Nichols' Forth Floor restaurant, boasts views of Edinburgh Castle one way and over the Firth of Forth to Fife the other. Idyllic on a clear day, the outdoor space is also perfectly placed for the festive season.

The Christmas shenanigans in St Andrew Square can be viewed from a calm distance, and the Hogmanay dinner package affords incomparable views of the fireworks over Castle Rock.

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Harvey Nichols' Forth Floor. Picture: Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols' Forth Floor. Picture: Harvey Nichols

29 Glasgow - Glasgow

Thanks to a recent £30,000 makeover, the roof terrace at 29 Glasgow on Royal Exchange Square boasts comfy sofas, gazebos, private seating areas and, thankfully, several patio heaters, plus a brand-new bar complete with one of the longest Champagne lists in Glasgow.

An elegant haven – all wicker and decking and giant white umbrellas nestled among the city centre's rooftops and chimney pots – it's open from 11am till 3am, seven days a week, so you can have brunch, lunch, dinner or late-night drinks al fresco.

Tower Restaurant - Edinburgh

Witchery maestro James Thomson's award-winning Tower Restaurant sitting atop the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street in Edinburgh has a 70-seat terrace that offers five-star dining with spectacular views of the Old Town skyline and a menu to match.

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Serving brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day, it has received rave reviews from The Guardian, The Observer, Michelin, The Independent, AA Gill, Fodor's, The New York Times and the entire New Zealand rugby team.

Picture: The Tower

Picture: The Tower

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