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Situated round the corner from Duddingston Loch, the Sheep Heid Inn rightly claims to be Scotland’s oldest pub, with a history dating back to 1390. Halfway between Holyrood and Craigmillar castles, it was once a favourite with Scottish kings of yore, who would come and play in the pub’s skittle alley; it’s also said that James VI gifted an ornate ram’s-head snuff box in 1580, which probably explains the name. The pub’s historical clout and quaint charms are undeniable, but the place now has something of a chequered reputation in other departments: prices are reckoned to be quite steep for superior gastropub fare such as slow-braised shoulder of lamb with spiced couscous, while service can be glacially slow. Be warned that Sunday lunch is a bun fight – so take comfort in the excellent cask ales, well-chosen wines and flashy cocktails.


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Essential Details for Sheep Heid Inn

  • Address: 43-45 The Causeway, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH15 3QA
  • Telephone: 0131 661 7974
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat - 12M) Sun 12.30 – 10.30pm

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