When we were planning our visit to Scotland, we knew we were going to Edinburgh. But that was it. We’d have parts of a couple of days to consider driving north into the country, possibly visit the Highlands, or maybe spend some time in the Borders region near England. I knew if at all possible I wanted to visit at least one castle, other than Edinburgh Castle. And after looking at pictures of castles throughout the country, I knew I found the one in Caerlaverock Castle.
I’ve been fortunate to travel to Great Britain three times. On each of those visits, pub life was a major part of our experiences. Some of those visits saw us linger over a few pints while other visits were long enough to stop in for a 20-minute break over half pints. And yes, we’ve had many meals in pubs. Before our first visit in 1998, I read in my Lonely Planet guidebook about how the best — and often cheapest — meals were in pubs. I have had many great meals in pubs. I have been to my share of pubs. Here are some of my favorite pubs of Great Britain.