CAMRA Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch

Promoting Real Ale in the North East of Scotland


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The following list of pubs in our Branch Area are known to sell, or have recently sold, Real Ale. We DO NOT make any promises about Real Ale Quality. If you want to know the best pubs in the Branch Area then you could consider purchasing the Good Beer Guide.

Due to geography and lack of footfall, some pubs stock ale on a seasonal basis during the tourist season only. No promise of Real Ale Availability can be made when you visit. If travelling specially to visit a specific pub then please phone ahead.

Some comments refer to a recent change and will eventually be removed as and when necessary. Please click on WhatPub banner for more information. If you have any further information on any of these pubs such as non availability of ale, incorrect information etc., then please use the 'Submit Updates' tab on the WhatPub website to inform us and we will amend as necessary.

Recent Deletions

Notified Town Pub Changes
13/09/18 Macduff Old Moray No longer selling ale and handpump removed
22/09/18 Lossiemouth Beach Bar Gutted by fire and future unknown
06/08/18 Lossiemouth Golf View Hotel Previously Skerry Brae and confirmed as no longer selling ale
12/10/18 Dunecht Jaffs Handpumps removed and ale no longer on sale
12/10/18 Inverbervie Queens Arms Hotel Handpump removed and ale no longer on sale
02/02/19 Aberdeen Carriages Sold and bar closing mid January 2019
19/01/19 Insch Station Hotel Ale no longer on sale as it was not selling and most had to be poured away

Forbes Arms, Bridge of Alford has been closed for a few months and it is not known if it will open again

Colquhonnie Hotel, Strathdon is currently closed for a major refurbishment and is expected to be closed till 2020. (See update in Recend Additions/Changes)

Noose & Monkey, Rosemount, no longer stocking ale and the handpumps have now been removed

Gordons, Tomintoul is no longer a pub. The hotel is undergoing a major refurbishment and will eventually have its own bar

McNastys, Summer Street, Aberdeen handpump removed and no ale on sale as of mid January 2018

Toby Carvery Cocket Hat was selling Deuchars IPA but on last visit (mid December 2017) had not stocked any for some time due to poor sales

Northern Hotel has now withdrawn the pumps from both bars - replaced by Punk IPA

Recent Additions/Changes

Notified Town Pub Changes
01/08/18 Aberdeen Stag Ossian has replaced the House Ale
01/08/18 Aberdeen McGintys Meal 'N' Ale Ossian has replaced the House Ale
01/08/18 Aberdeen Number 10 Bar & Restaurant Ossian has replaced the House Ale
01/08/18 Kingswells Four Mile House Now selling Bitter & Twisted in both bars
09/10/18 Bridge of Don Brig O' Don Now selling Abbot Ale/Bitter & Twisted
10/10/18 Dyce (Airport Terminal) Distilling House Selling Deuchars IPA - Airside so flyers only!
27/10/18 Aberdeen Aitchies Ale House Recently sold to owners of Beer Story Brewery (Insch). Not planning any changes at the moment. Opening on Sundays from noon to 7pm as from 25th November
04/11/18 Aberdeen Globe Belhaven have sold it to Paul Beattie, a former restauranter in Aviemore. 3 new Angram pumps with Deuchars IPA on initially
16/11/18 Aberdeen Brewdog (Union Square) A bit more like a restaurant than the other BrewDogs in town
??/01/18 Strathdon Colquhohonie Hotel Permission has been granted to convert an outbuilding into a public bar. The hotel will also be renamed before it opens after its major refurb

Craft Bar, Pitmedden opened in November 2017 selling two ales plus various so-called craft ales also

Edwards, Inverurie is selling ale again following a change of ownership

Newton Arms, Newtonhill is now selling ale of varying brands until they find a favourite

Illicit Still, Broad Street, Aberdeen selling ale again on two pumps (Stewarts 80/- as Illicit Ale)

Three Kings, Cullen opened again in April 2018. Changed hours and no longer doing food.

Grant Arms, Cullen is now selling Timothy Taylor Landlord on handpump

Royal Oak, Cullen is open again and there have been reports of ale being available - need confirmation, please!

Hotel Square, Tomintoul is now selling ale

Rothie Inn, Rothienorman has been reported as selling Wychwood Hobgoblin on handpump

Station Hotel, Rothes is now selling a beer from the local Rothes Brewery

Crown Bar, Huntly now selling Windswept on key-keg. Being run by Harry Halkett, who many years ago had the Clifton in Lossiemouth in its glory days as a Real Ale outlet

Pub Listings

Aberdeen & District    
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Cricket Club Members/Sign In only
Aberdeen Aitchies Ale House  
Aberdeen Archibald Simpson's Wetherspoons
Aberdeen Atholl Hotel  
Aberdeen Blue Lamp  
Aberdeen BrewDog (Castlegate)  
Aberdeen BrewDog (Original) First ever BrewDog pub
Aberdeen BrewDog (Union Square) Opened November 2018
Aberdeen Carriages Brentwood Hotel - Unfortunately sold and bar will close middle of January.
Aberdeen Dutch Mill  
Aberdeen Ferryhill House Hotel  
Aberdeen Globe Inn  
Aberdeen Grammar FP Club CAMRA members only
Aberdeen Grays Inn  
Aberdeen Grill  
Aberdeen Howff  
Aberdeen Illicit Still  
Aberdeen Justice Mill Wetherspoons
Aberdeen Krakatoa Formerly Moorings
Aberdeen Ma Cameron's CAMRA 10% discount on Real Ales
Aberdeen Mains of Scotstown Bridge of Don
Aberdeen Mariner Hotel  
Aberdeen McGinty's Meal an' Ale  
Aberdeen Number 10 Bar & Restaurant  
Aberdeen Old Blackfriars CAMRA 10% discount on Real Ales
Aberdeen Prince Of Wales CAMRA 10% discount on Real Ales
Aberdeen Queen Vic  
Aberdeen Slains Castle Once more occasionally selling an ale
Aberdeen St. Machar Bar  
Aberdeen Stag  
Aberdeen Under The Hammer  
Cults Cults Hotel Ale now only available in Public Bar
Bridge of Don Brig o' Don Large Greene King Eating Inn
Dyce Distilling House New airside only bar
Dyce Dyce Farm Large Greene King family pub near Airport
Dyce Granite City (Airport Bar) No longer a Wetherspoons
Dyce Spider's Web In Dyce village
Kingswells Four Mile Again selling ale
Maryculter Maryculter House Hotel  
Aberdeenshire & Moray  
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Aberchirder New Inn  
Aboyne Boat Inn  
Alford Haughton Arms  
Ballater Alexandra Hotel  
Ballater Balmoral Bar  
Ballater Deeside Inn  
Ballater Glenaden Hotel  
Banchory Banchory Golf Club Members/Sign In only
Banchory Burnett Arms  
Banchory Douglas Arms Hotel  
Banchory Ravenswood Club (British Legion) CAMRA Members/GBG carriers
Banchory Scott Skinners  
Banchory Tor-na-Coille Hotel  
Banff Market Arms  
Braemar Invercauld Arms Hotel  
Braemar Moorfield House Hotel  
Brodie Old Mill Inn  
Catterline Creel Inn  
Charleston of Aberlour Aberlour Hotel  
Charleston of Aberlour Mash Tun  
Craigellachie Copper Dog Craigellachie Hotel
Craigellachie Highlander Inn  
Cullen Grant Arms  
Cullen Royal Oak Hotel Needs confirmation of ale
Cullen Three Kings  
Daviot Smiddy  
Dufftown Stuart Arms  
Elgin Against the Grain Cask ale expected soon
Elgin Drouthy Cobbler  
Elgin Muckle Cross  
Elgin Sunninghill Hotel  
Ellon Dog Tap At BrewDog Brewery site
Ellon Station Hotel  
Ellon Tolbooth  
Elrick Broadstraik Inn  
Fettercairn Ramsay Arms Hotel  
Findhorn Crown & Anchor  
Findhorn Kimberley Inn  
Fochabers Gordon Arms Hotel  
Fochabers Grant Arms Hotel  
Forres Carisbrooke Hotel Beer availability dubious
Forres Knockomie Hotel  
Forres Mosset Tavern  
Forres Ramnee Hotel  
Forres Red Lion aka The Beastie
Fraserburgh Elizabethan Bar & Lounge  
Fraserburgh Saltoun Inn Wetherspoons
Garlogie Garlogie Inn  
Garmouth Garmouth Hotel  
Glenlivet Croft Inn  
Gourdon Harbour Bar  
Huntly Crown Bar Windswept key-keg
Inverurie Black Bull Inn  
Inverurie Edwards  
Inverurie Gordon Highlander Wetherspoons
Inverurie Hopeville Social Club Require to be signed in
Johnshaven Anchor  
Johnshaven Ship Inn  
Lossiemouth Windswept Tap Room New outlet
Luthermuir Sauchieburn Hotel  
Marykirk Marykirk Hotel  
Methlick Ythanview Hotel  
Milltown of Rothiemay Forbes Arms Hotel  
Muir Of Fowlis Muggarthaugh  
Netherley Lairhillock  
Newburgh Newburgh Inn  
Newtonhill Newton Arms  
Oldmeldrum Redgarth  
Pennan Pennan Inn  
Peterhead Cross Keys Wetherspoons
Peterhead Harbour Spring Rotisserie Pub Restaurant (Marstons)
Pitmedden Craft Bar Newly opened November 2017
Portsoy Boyne Hotel Windswept key-keg
Portsoy Shore Inn  
Rothes Seafield Arms Hotel  
Rothes Station Hotel New outlet
Rothienorman Rothie Inn New outlet
Stonehaven Belvedere Hotel  
Stonehaven Marine Hotel  
Stonehaven Ship Inn  
Tarland Aberdeen Arms  
Tarland Commercial Hotel  
Tarves Aberdeen Arms Hotel  
Tomintoul Glen Avon  
Tomintoul Hotel Square New outlet
Tomintoul Richmond Arms Hotel  
Torphins Learney Arms Hotel Now again selling a Deeside ale
Turrif Royal British Legion Members/Sign In only
Westhill Shepherds Rest  
Whitehills Seafield Arms  
Orkney Isles    
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Birsay Barony Hotel  
Burray Sands Hotel  
Harray Merkister Hotel  
Holm Commodore  
Kirkwall Auld Motor Hoose Northern Isles Pub Of The Year 2016
Kirkwall Ayre Hotel  
Kirkwall Bothy Bar Albert Hotel
Kirkwall Helgi's  
Kirkwall Kirkwall Hotel  
Kirkwall Orkney Hotel  
Kirkwall Reel  
Kirkwall Shore  
Kirkwall St Ola Hotel  
Kirkwall Torvhaug  
Orphir Noust  
Rousay Taversoe  
Sanday Kettletoft Hotel  
Stenness Standing Stones Hotel  
Stromness Ferry Inn  
Stromness Stromness Hotel Hotel closed in winter and only Flattie Bar open
Westray Cleaton House Hotel  
Shetland Isles    
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Lerwick Captain Flints  
Scalloway Scalloway Hotel  
Scousburgh Spiggie