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

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

Illicit Still, Broad Street, Aberdeen three handpumps still on bar but has not had beer for several months (usually Deuchars IPA) as of a visit in late December 2017

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Northern Hotel has now withdrawn the pumps from both bars - replaced by Punk IPA

Four Mile House, Kingswells has now withdrawn the pumps from both bars

Recent Additions/Changes

Craft Bar, Pitmedden newly opened in November 2018 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

Three Kings, Cullen opened again in April 2017. Changed hours and no longer doing food. May have been sold in November 2017 as a buyer has been found and owner is retiring again!

Stag, Crown Street, Aberdeen change to beer range. House beer is no longer an Inveralmond blend but at 3.9% is believed to be Inveralmond EPA

Number 10, Queens Terrace, Aberdeen change to beer range. House beer is no longer an Inveralmond blend but at 3.9% is believed to be Inveralmond EPA

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 Aitchies Ale House  
Aberdeen Archibald Simpson's Wetherspoons
Aberdeen Atholl Hotel  
Aberdeen Blue Lamp  
Aberdeen Bobbin  
Aberdeen BrewDog (Castlegate)  
Aberdeen BrewDog (Original) First ever BrewDog pub
Aberdeen Carriages Brentwood Hotel
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 Justice Mill Wetherspoons
Aberdeen Krakatoa Formerly The Moorings
Aberdeen Ma Cameron's
Aberdeen Mains of Scotstown Bridge of Don
Aberdeen Mariner Hotel  
Aberdeen McGinty's Meal an' Ale Now open till 2am Fri & Sat
Aberdeen Northern Hotel No longer selling ale
Aberdeen Number 10  
Aberdeen Old Blackfriars CAMRA members 10% discount on Real Ales
Aberdeen Prince Of Wales CAMRA members 10% discount on Real Ales
Aberdeen Queen Vic Now till 1am Friday/Saturday
Aberdeen Slains Castle Once more occasionally selling an ale
Aberdeen St. Machar Bar  
Aberdeen Stag  
Aberdeen Triple Kirks  
Cults Under The Hammer  
Cults Cults Hotel Ale now only available in Public Bar
Dyce Dyce Farm Large Greene King family pub near Airport
Dyce Granite City (Airport Bar) Wetherspoons
Dyce Spider's Web In Dyce village
Kingswells Four Mile House No longer selling any ale
Maryculter Maryculter House Hotel  
Aberdeenshire & Moray  
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Aberchirder New Inn  
Aboyne Boat Inn  
Alford Forbes Arms Hotel  
Alford Haughton Arms  
Ballater Alexandra Hotel  
Ballater Balmoral Bar  
Ballater Deeside Inn  
Ballater Glenaden Hotel  
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 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 Three Kings May have new owners since early November
Daviot Smiddy  
Dufftown Stuart Arms  
Dunecht Jaffs  
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
Huntly Gordon Arms Hotel Highlander Cafe Bar
Inverbervie Queens Arms Hotel New outlet
Inverurie Black Bull Inn  
Inverurie Edwards  
Inverurie Hopeville Social Club Require to be signed in
Inverurie Gordon Highlander Wetherspoons
Johnshaven Anchor  
Johnshaven Ship Inn  
Lossiemouth Beach Bar Now key-keg dispense
Lossiemouth Skerry Brae Hotel  
Luthermuir Sauchieburn Hotel  
Macduff Old Moray  
Marykirk Marykirk Hotel  
Methlick Ythanview Hotel  
Milltown of Rothiemay Forbes Arms Hotel  
Muir Of Fowlis Muggarthaugh  
Netherley Lairhillock  
Newburgh Newburgh Inn  
Newtonhill Newton Arms New outlet
Oldmeldrum Redgarth  
Pennan Pennan Inn  
Peterhead Cross Keys Wetherspoons
Peterhead Harbour Spring Rotisserie Pub Restaurant (Marstons)
Pitmedden Craft Bar Newly opened November 2017
Portlethen Mains of Balquharn Brewer's Fayre
Portsoy Boyne Hotel Windswepy key-keg
Portsoy Shore Inn  
Rothes Seafield Arms Hotel  
Stonehaven Belvedere Hotel  
Stonehaven Marine Hotel  
Stonehaven Ship Inn  
Strathdon Colquhonnie Hotel  
Tarland Aberdeen Arms  
Tarland Commercial Hotel  
Tarves Aberdeen Arms Hotel  
Tomintoul Glen Avon  
Tomintoul Gordon's No longer exists as a pub
Tomintoul Richmond Arms Hotel  
Torphins Learney Arms Hotel Now again selling a Deeside ale
Westhill Shepherds Rest  
Whitehills Seafield Arms  
Orkney Isles    
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Birsay Barony Hotel  
Burray Sands Hotel  
Evie Mistra Restricted opening
Harray Merkister Hotel  
Holm Commodore  
Hoy Stromabank  
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 Lynnfield Hotel & Restaurant  
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  
Westray Cleaton House Hotel  
Shetland Isles    
Town/Village Pub Name (Click for WhatPub link) Comments
Lerwick Captain Flints  
Scalloway Scalloway Hotel