These are 12 of the oldest pubs in Edinburgh

World-famous as a city steeped in history and boasting a rich heritage in the arts of brewing and whisky production, it should be of little surprise to learn that Edinburgh has some of Scotland's oldest drinking establishments.

Friday, 11th January 2019, 10:44 am
Updated Friday, 11th January 2019, 10:48 am
GV of The Sheep Heid Inn, situated in Duddingston Village, where The Queen had dinner in early July 2016. pic taken 12/7/16

We’ve picked a dozen of the capital’s most historic pubs that are still welcoming patrons today as they have been for hundreds of years.

Named after Edinburgh's most famous crooked councillor, Deacon Brodie's has been serving alcoholic beverages since 1806. The originally Brodie family lived on Brodie's Close on the opposite side of the Lawnmarket.
Established in 1456 this charming little public house is situated opposite Bruntsfield Links and has been popular with local amateur golfers since the dawn of the sport.

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Sobriety has been discarded on this site since the 17th century, making the White Horse the oldest watering hole on the Royal Mile.
Duddingston's Sheep Heid Inn is considered to be the oldest pub in all of Scotland. There's been a drinking establishment of some description on this site since around 1360. It's positively steeped in history.
First mentioned in writing in 1516, The White Hart Inn has a fair claim to be the central Edinburgh's oldest boozer. Today it's a haven for travellers and stag and hen parties.
Just down from the White Hart is the Beehive Inn which can trace its origins back to the 15th century when a coaching inn was opened on the site.
Made famous by the Rebus series of novels by Ian Rankin, the Oxford Bar is housed within an original Georgian dwelling and has served as a public house for many a generation.
While the building that houses the Kings Wark dates back to the 1700s, it actually sits on foundations which are significantly older and were begun by James I in 1434 to serve as a royal residence.
Market Street's Doric Bar is named after the ancient dialect common to the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. There's been a pub on this site since the 17th century.
Wrapped in elaborate stonework, the Cafe Royal on West Register Street boasts an equally grand interior in an exuberant French style that captures the best in late 19th century pub architecture.
Situated within the walls of the original Canongate Tolbooth, which dates back to 1591, this cosy watering hole oozes with history.
One of the city's more traditional waterning holes, Ryrie's Bar dates back to the mid-19th century to around the same time as its neighbour, Haymarket Station - Scotland's oldest surviving railway station.