The Hawes Inn

UK Scotland South Scotland Lothian Edinburgh

Ok so cards on the table, the Hawes is a chain inn with the generics you would expect, and probably usually avoid. But, please, do stick with me as there are HUGE buts. This is one of Scotland’s most historic inns, an oasis where you can sleep in the same room where Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired to write the ‘At the Hawes Inn’ chapter of his seminal novel Kidnapped. The Hawes also comes with views that are more dramatic than even Stevenson could conjure up, hunkered in the shadow of the staggering hulk of the iron-red Forth Bridge, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Still not convinced? Well, the Hawes Inn is tucked in the historic royal burgh of South Queensferry, one of Scotland’s most charming wee towns, on the banks of the Firth of Forth. The long distance John Muir Way runs right by - walk east into the Dalmeny Estate and west to Hopetoun House, Scotland’s Versailles. And the Maid of the Forth family-run tour boat awaits right outside for adventures to the mystical Isle of Inchcolm, with its abbey and views of Edinburgh. The capital is also only 15 minutes away by train too. Oh yes, those generics. Well they actually stock an ever-changing selection of Scottish ales, are similarly strong on single malts and the food is hearty enough after a day’s sightseeing. The 14 rooms are cosy too with Hypnos beds and some come with original fireplaces – best book an estuary view, though it’s green out back too, where a large beer garden tempts backed by woodland.

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Doubles from £72, including breakfast.

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The Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TA

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