City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Hawes Inn Vintage Inn


Forth Bridge & Hawes Inn
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0845 11 26 001

Low-ceilinged, low-lit traditional pub that is found literally under the Forth Rail Bridge in South Queensferry.

The pub boasts a good view of the water of the Firth of Forth - apart from the coming and going of cars and buses along the coast road to Queensferry. It serves pub grub and carries a reasonable selection of beers on tap.

The Hawes Inn, which dates back to 17th century, was an inspiration for Edinburgh author Robert Louis Stevenson when in 1886, while staying in Room 13, he came up with the idea for Kidnapped. The hero of the book also stays at the inn. Walter Scott described the Hawes Inn in his novel Antiquary.

The Inn was also once a hospital for the 160 plus workers injured while building on the Forth Rail Bridge.

It is now owned by the Vintage Inns chain, and is always busy in tourist season due to its location, which detracts somewhat from the romance, although it still retains much of its original character and the staff are perhaps more attentive than off the beaten track.

See Yew

The garden has a large, old yew tree approximately 200 years old. It is one of the largest yews in Edinburgh with a diameter of 173cm.