The Highlands & Islands drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Tobermory

Mishnish Hotel

‘The Mish’, near the pier on the harbourfront, is a favourite hang-out for visiting yachties and a great place for a pint, with a very convivial atmosphere. Wood-panelled and flag-draped, this is a good old traditio…
Microbrewery in Drumnadrochit

Benleva Hotel

Set in an 18th-century manse a half-mile east of the main road, the Benleva is a rough diamond of a pub – a bit frayed around the edges but with a heart of gold. The beer is the main event, with a selection of real …
Bar in Inverness

MacGregor's

Decked out in timber and tweed, this bar strikes a distinctly modern chord. There's a huge selection of Scottish craft beers on tap, and even a beer 'set menu' described as 'a journey through the basics of craft bee…
Pub in Port Askaig

Ballygrant Inn

If you're serious about whisky, you'll want to stop by this attractive bar to try one of its 700-plus malts. Though customer service can vary, the owners have a deep knowledge of local whisky and can guide your sele…
Pub in Oban

Aulay’s Bar

An authentic Scottish pub, Aulay’s is cosy and low-ceilinged, its walls covered with old photographs of Oban ferries and other ships. It pulls in a mixed crowd of locals and visitors with its warm atmosphere and wid…
Pub in Callander

Lade Inn

Callander's best pub isn't in Callander − it's a mile west of town. It pulls a good pint (with its own real ales), and next door it has a shop with a dazzling selection of Scottish beers. There's low-key live music …
Pub in Lerwick

Captain Flint’s

This upstairs port-side bar has a distinctly nautical, creaky-wooden feel. There’s a cross-section of young ’uns, tourists, boat folk and older locals. It has live music some nights and a pool table tucked away on a…
Pub in Oban

Oban Inn

It's a pleasure to see this four-square 18th-century pub open again after some years closed, with its solid walls, flagstone floor and roof beams in the cosy front bar. It has Fyne Ales on tap, making it a prime spo…
Pub in Lerwick

The Lounge

Tucked away behind Lerwick's tourist office, the Lounge features an earthy downstairs bar populated by friendly local characters. The attractive upstairs space features live music several times a week and informal j…
Pub in Port Charlotte

An Tígh Seinnse

In Portnahaven, near where the seals bask on the rocks, this cosy little pub turns out some decent food (noon to 8pm Friday to Tuesday, to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday), and is a convivial spot for a drink without whi…