Forth Valley Area Real Ale Pubs

The following list shows only the hotels or pubs that we know of, selling at least one Real Ale within our area and does not imply that we necessarily recommend the establishment. We have included one or two which are just outside our Branch area. Many thanks to Wattie Dunlop for the majority of pub photgraphs on these pages.


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Aberfoyle

Forth Inn, Main Street, Aberfoyle, FK8 3HQ. Tel. 01877 382372.



Popular pub in the Trossachs National Park. Predominantly Belhaven Ales can be found on tap along with Guest Ales which vary. During the winter months the Inn, which has accommodation, becomes very cosy with a real fire. Entertainment is provided most weekends.


Meals available


Alloa

Thistle Bar, Junction Place, FK10 1JW. Tel. 01259 723933.



Guest Ales

Alva

No.5 Inn, 38 Brook St , Alva, FK12 5JL. Tel. 01259 760416.



Caledonian Deuchars IPA


Bathgate

Bathgate Farm Inn, Starlaw Road,EH48 1LQ. Tel. 01506 633573.



Caledonian Deuchars IPA



James Young, 32 Hopetoun Street, EH48 4EU. Tel. 01506 651600.



Lloyds No1 (Wetherpoons) pub, which is licensed from 11am (12.30 Sunday), with an enthusiastic manager and very mixed clientele. The pub, named after James "Paraffin" Young, famous for extracting oil from coal and shale, is on two levels. Major sports shown on TV, which shows news with subtitles at other times. Background music from 5pm, louder from 9pm. Free wi-fi and real cider is available. Guest beers tend to be dark and strong. Pub opens at 8am for breakfasts and families with children welcome until 7pm.


Meals available from 8am-10pm.


Opening hours (Licenced):- 11-midnight (1am Fri & Sat); 12.30-11 Sun ; Open each day for Breakfast and Coffee at 8am.


Bo'ness

Corbie Inn, 84 Corbiehall, Bo'ness, EH51 0AS. Tel. 01506 825307.




Opening Hours :- Monday - Saturday : Noon - 11pm ; Sunday : 12.30 - 11pm

Meals available :- Monday - Saturday : Noon - 9pm ; Sunday : 12.30 - 9pm


Bridge of Allan

Allanwater Brewhouse, The Brewery, Queens Lane, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NY. Tel. 01786-834555.



The brewery tap of Tinpot is a working brewery and pub in one. It is furnished with historic pieces of brewery equipment and offers free tasters and brewery tours. A warm welcome is always forthcoming and the pub is popular with locals, walkers, tourists and CAMRA Members. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome. Tinpot's beers include the unusual and interesting including Marmalade Pot, Thai Pot, and gluten free beers. 10% CAMRA members discount on production of current membership card.


Opening Hours :-

Monday & Wednesday : Noon - 5pm

Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday : Noon - 11pm

Friday & Saturday : Noon - Midnight



Westerton Arms, 34 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HR. Tel. 01786-833659.



Large corner plot at the centre of the town. The bar has two TV screens for sporting events. A handsome wood gantry towers above the bar making for an interesting feature. There is a separate restaurant and a small lounge for diners. A second real ale is occasionally on offer.


Opening Hours :- 12-11.30 (12.30am Fri & Sat; midnight Sun)


Brig O'Turk

Byre Inn, Brig O'Turk, FK17 8HT. Tel. 01877 376292.



Guest Ales. Meals available.

Buchlyvie

Buchlyvie Inn, Main Street, Buchlyvie, FK8 3LX. Tel. 01360 850058.



Small friendly bar with stone tiled flooring and comfortable seating. A large dining room is furnished in a contemporary rustic style. The rear garden with a children's play area, barbeque, petanque and splendid views across Flanders Moss to the Trossachs is very popular in summer. One handpump serves ale from national and local brewers. Mini beer festivals are planned..


Opening Hours :- 11 (12 in winter)(12.30 Sun)-midnight (1am Fri & Sat)

Callander

Waverley Hotel, 88-92 Main Street, Callander, FK17 8BD. Tel. 01877 330245.



FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2006


This pub is renowned for its range and quality of beers with 4 handpumps in use during the winter and eight during the summer. The hotel is on the edge of the Trossachs National Park and is on the Perthshire Whisky Trail. Meals available. Runs local beer festivals during September and December.

Castlecary

Castlecary House Hotel, Castlecary Village, Cumbernauld, G68 0HD. Tel. 01324-848233.



A family run, family friendly hotel offering home made fayre served all day everyday with local beer on three taps which is changed weekly, Castlecary's very own Tryst Bottleneck is available, beers from up and down the country including Tryst, Strathaven, Crouch Vale, Orkney, Roosters. There are three bar areas with a beer garden set in a rural location.

Crianlarich

Crianlarich Hotel, Main Street, Crianlarich, Perthshire, FK20 8RW. Tel. 018383 00272.



Caledonian Deuchars IPA

Dollar

Castle Campbell Hotel, 11 Bridge Street, Dollar, FK14 7DE. Tel. 01259-742519.



Established in 1821 this pleasant hotel is situated in the village of Dollar at the foot of Ochil Hills. It is well furnished with a pleasant, comfortable lounge and a welcoming open fire. There is an interesting menu served daily while a large range of whiskies is available in the lounge bar. At the top of the Dollar Glen Castle Campbell overlooks the village and can be reached by an excellent walk up the glen or by driving up a steep road. Regular ales:- Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted.



King's Seat, 23 Bridge Street, Dollar, FK14 7DE. Tel. 01259 742515. localelogo2


RUNNER-UP FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2009, 2010.


Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, London Pride,Guest Ales. Meals available

Doune

Red Lion Hotel, Balkerach Street, Doune, FK12 5EH. Tel. 01786 842066.



200 year old hotel with 4 bedrooms and a bunkhouse for 10. Doune Castle of Monty Python fame is close by. Comfortable casy corner bar serves one ale from Inveralmond Brewery. The dog fiendly bar has quirky bar stool construction with tools that reflect local trades.


Meals are available 12.30pm - 2pm and 6pm - 9pm, 7 days a week.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : Noon - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : Noon - 1am; Sunday : 12.30pm - 11pm.


Dunblane

Dunblane Hotel, 10 Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EP. Tel. 01786 822178.



Greene King Abbot Ale and Timothy Taylor Landlord are normally on tap along with Cask Ales from local brewers bringing the total on offer to four. The bar is decorated with brewery mirrors whilst the comfortable lounge features some pictures with an angling theme. An excellent view of the River Allan can be had from the rear window which overlooks the patio. Meals available. Last orders for food is 8pm.


Opening Times :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday : 11am - Midnight.



Tappit Hen, Kirk Street, Dunblane, FK15 0AL. Tel. 01786 825226.



FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2007, 2010. RUNNER-UP FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2009.


A single roomed, Belhaven Managed, pub in the shadows of Dunblane Cathedral serving up Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Guest Ales.Folk music night is Tuesday when you are welcome to turn up with an instrument. Real Ale festivals held in May and October each year.


Opening Times :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday : 12.30pm - Midnight.

Falkirk

Behind the Wall, 14 Melville Street, Falkirk, FK1 1HZ. Tel. 01324 633338.





Carron Works, Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB. Tel. 01324 673020.



J D Wetherspoon Pub. Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Greene King Abbot Ale & Guest Ales.


Meals available from 9am-10pm.


Opening hours (Licenced):- Monday - Thursday : 9.30am - 11pm; Friday - Saturday : 9.30am - 1am; Sunday : 12.30 - 11pm ; Open each day for Breakfast and Coffee at 9am.



Goose on Newmarket, Upper Newmarket Street, Falkirk, FK1 1JH. Tel. 01324 623011.



Town Pubs (Mitchells & Butlers) Caledonian Deuchars IPA and John Smiths Cask. Meals available.



Wheatsheaf Inn, 16 Baxters Wynd, Falkirk, FK1 1PF. Tel. 01324-638282.



FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2008. FORTH VALLEY SOUTH PUB OF THE YEAR 2012. RUNNER-UP FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2009, 2010.


This pleasent Free House can be found by going through the vennel next to the Ann Summers shop in the High Street. Caledonian Deuchars IPA is normally on tap along with Guest Ales, 2 during week and 3 at weekends.

Fintry

Culcreach Castle Hotel, Fintry, G63 0LW. Tel. 01360 86555.



Gargunnock

Gargunnock Inn, Main Street, Gargunnock, FK8 3BW. Tel. 01786 860333.



FORTH VALLEY RURAL STIRLINGSHIRE PUB OF THE YEAR 2011, 2012


Originally an 18th century staging inn which has been extended into a true village pub at the centre of the community. This Free house regularily has local and more distant Ales available on 3 handpumps. Meals available. Runs a Real Ale festival in August each year.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 5pm - 11pm ; Friday : 5pm - 1am ; Saturday : Noon - 1am ; Sunday : Noon - 11pm

Glendevon

Tormaukin Hotel, Glendevon, FK14 7JY. Tel. 01259 781252.



Timothy Taylor Landlord and Harviestoun Ales regularly on tap. Meals available.

Grangemouth

Earl of Zetland, Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AN. Tel. 01324 499940.



An excellent J D Wetherspoon conversion of an old church in the town centre. Two permanent Ales, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Greene King Abbot Ale, are supplemented by one guest midweek and two guest ales at the weekend. Ample seating either at tables or in pew booths is provided allowing the ecclesiastical features such as the organ pipes above the bar and stained glasses to be enjoyed whilst enjoying your pint.


Meals available from 9am-10pm.


Opening hours (Licenced):- Monday - Thursday : 11am - 11pm; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday : 12.30 - 11pm ; Open each day for Breakfast and Coffee at 9am.

Killin

Coach House Hotel, Aberfeldy Road, Killin, FK21 8TS. Tel. 01567 820272.



Small family owned hotel whose bar is well frequented by locals. The comfortable bar has a wood burning stove and a poole table, not forgetting a parrot! Good reasonably priced food (11am-8pm). Two handpumps feature beer from Scottish breweries and the gantry boasts a large selection of Scottish whiskies. From March until October the bar hosts live music on a friday or saturday night. Children are welcome until 8pm and dogs are allowed. There is a Caravan Club site opposite the hotel.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight ; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am ; Sunday 12.30pm - Midnight



Falls of Dochart Inn, Gray Street, Killin, FK21 8SL. Tel. 01567 820270.



This historic Coaching Inn is set in a prime position by the bridge over the Falls of Dochart. The bar features a large open fireplace, a stone tiled floor and three handpumps (usually less in winter). Good quality food is served from 12-3 and from 6-9 (featuring local produce where possible), in the bar and dining rooms. Alongside the rooms in the Inn, there is also self catering accommodation available at the rear of the hotel. Children and dogs are very welcome.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Sunday : Noon - Midnight



Killin Hotel, Killin, FK21 8TP. Tel. 01567 820296.



Located in the heart of the village overlooking the river, the hotel is conveniently placed for all local amenities. The lounge bar has a large open fire and serves meals and snacks all day from noon till 9.30pm. There are also two further dining rooms and children's menu is available. Outside is seating with river views, and the public bar 'The Village Pub' next door has a pool table and flat screen tv. Dogs are welcome. Caravan Club site close by.

Kilmahog

Lade Inn, Kilmahog, North of Callander, FK17 8HD. Tel. 01877 330152. localelogo2



The Inn has three ales which are unique, Lade Inn, Lade Out, Way Lade, brewed for the pub by Traditional Scottish Ales. The Inn was the first to be accredited with LocAle in the Branch area. There is a beer garden attached to the pub which holds a beer festival during August/September. Live entertainment is provided on most weekends year round. The Scottish Real Ale Shop is adjacent to the Inn with over 120 Scottish bottled beers on sale. Meals available.

Kippen

Cross Keys Hotel, Main Street, Kippen, FK8 3DT. Tel. 01786 870500.



A very comfortable, traditional pub with a real olde worlde feel to the premises. It has a number of small rooms used mainly for dining on locally sourced produce, a small bar and a larger lounge. Secluded garden to the rear and tables out to the front of the hotel. Children are permitted until 9pm. The pub is also dog friendly. Occasional entertainment at weekends. Surrounded by lovely countryside, the location is ideal for tourists visiting Stirling and the Trossachs.


During the winter months there are generally 2 ales available - one Dark and one light in colour. A third ale is to be added in summer.


Inn at Kippen, Fore Road, Kippen, FK8 3DN. Tel. 01786 870293.



A very comfortable, traditional pub with a real olde worlde feel to the premises. It has a number of small rooms used mainly for dining on locally sourced produce, a small bar and a larger lounge. Secluded garden to the rear and tables out to the front of the hotel. Children are permitted until 9pm. The pub is also dog friendly. Occasional entertainment at weekends. Surrounded by lovely countryside, the location is ideal for tourists visiting Stirling and the Trossachs.


During the winter months there are generally 2 ales available - one Dark and one light in colour. A third ale is to be added in summer.


Linlithgow

Black Bitch, 14a West Port, Linlithgow, EH49 7AZ. Tel. 01506 842147.



Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Guest Ales



Four Marys, 65-67 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7ED. Tel. 01506 842171. localelogo2



FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2009; RUNNER UP SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND PUB OF THE YEAR 2009. RUNNER UP FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2010


A stone's throw from Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the building dates back to around 1500. The pub is named after the Queen's four ladies-in-waiting. Initially a dwelling house, the building has had several changes of use over the years - at one time it was a chemist's run by the Waldie family whose most famous member, David, established the anaesthetic properties of chloroform in 1847. Beer festivals are held in May and October when 12 more handpumps are added.


Meals served Mon - Sat : Noon - 9pm; Sunday : 12.30pm - 8.30pm.


Opening hours: 12 (12.30 Sun)-11 (midnight Wed & Thu; 12.30am Fri & Sat)




Platform 3, 1a High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AB. Tel. 01506 847405. localelogo2



A small friendly free house which has Caledonian Deuchars IPA constantly on tap along with a Guest Ale which normally comes from either Stewarts and Cairngorm breweries.The pub occasionally has live music. Note the memorabilia displayed on the walls and look out for the train running above the bar. Dogs are welcome in the pub.



West Port Hotel, 18-20 West Port, Linlithgow, EH49 7AZ. Tel. 01506 847456.



Found in the west of the town as name suggests. Established 1790, it was originally the first inn at which traders from the west would rest and take refreshments on their travels east. Bar now known as Katie Weerie's, after a local "legend", is a welcome gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Sports TV and WiFi are available. Ideal for tourists close to Country Park (walking & fishing) and Linlithgow Palace and Loch (fishing).


Opening hours: 11 (12.30 Sun)-midnight


Polmont

Claremont Inn, Main Street, Polmont, FK2 0QP. Tel. 01324 719205.



Caledonian Deuchars IPA

Pool of Muckhart

Inn at Muckhart, Pool of Muckhart, FK14 7JN. Tel. 01259 781324.




Stewarts & Guest Ales. Meals available.

Sauchie

Mansfield Arms, 7 Main Street, Sauchie, FK10 3JR. Tel. 01259 722020.



Devon Original, Thick Black, Devon pride brewed on the premisis. Meals available.

Sheriffmuir

Sheriffmuir Inn, Sheriffmuir, FK15 0LN. Tel. 01786 823285.



The pub and restaurant is surrounded by glorious countryside close to the battlefield [1715]. The comfortable bar doubles up as a waiting area for guests who have booked a table in the adjoining restaurant. A family friendly pub with outdoor play area. The pub is closed Monday afternoons and all day Tuesday. There are two ales on offer.


Opening Times :- Wednesday - Saturday : Noon - 10pm; Sunday : 12.30pm - 10pm.

Stirling

Birds & Bees, Easter Cornton Road, Stirling, FK9 5PB. Tel. 01786 473663.localelogo2



Multi roomed eatery has a house ale brewed by Williams Brothers of Alloa. Two ales usually on offer. Warm welcomes are thin on the ground. Separate restaurant and function room.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday : 12.30pm - 11pm.



Drouthy Neebors, 7 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ. Tel. 01786 450858.



This Greene King/Belhaven city centre pub features a wood and slate interior. The 'French Door' style frontage opens for al fresco usage in summer. The single roomed pub has a rowing boat and oars feature on the wall opposite the bar, which is also built from slate. A pub quiz takes place on Wednesdays. Meals are available until 6pm (7pm on Saturdays)


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday : Open 11am (for coffee) licenced 12.30pm - 11pm.



Morrison's Cold Beer Co., 84-86 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BX. Tel. 01786-448722.




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No.2 Baker Street, 2 Baker Street, Stirling, FK8 1BJ. Tel. 01786 463524 .



Bustling, noisey Greene King/Belhaven pub, popular with local residents and students. Decor of bare floorboards and rustic brick walls with paintings depicting local history creates a traditional atmosphere. Food is served all day until 5.30pm and compliments the four real ale pumps. Live music and discos provide evening entertainment.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday - 12.30pm - Midnight.



Portcullis Hotel, Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EG. Tel. 01786 472290.



This pub is to be found in the ancient heart of Stirling - up the hill towards the Castle. Situated in a former grammar school, sensitively converted with old stone walls and real fire as features. The pub specialises in meals and gets very busy in the evenings. Normally two real ales from Scottish breweries are available from handpumps.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Saturday : 11.30am - Midnight; Sunday : 11.30am - 12.30am.



Settle Inn, 90 St. Marys Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1BU. Tel. 01786 474609.



A real community pub in a building that dates from 1733, the Settle offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Situated at the top of the town en-route to Stirling Castle, you can sit in front of a cosy fire with old curling stones laid out on the hearth. Look out for the barrel vaulted roof at the back of the bar area. Low ceilings and wood panelling complete the olde worlde atmosphere.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 3pm - Midnight; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am; Sunday 12.30pm - Midnight.



Strathyre

Inn and Bistro, Main Street, Strathyre, FK18 8NA. Tel. 01877 384224.



A cosy village pub where meals are available in the bar or bistro using local produce throughout. Dogs and children are welcome in this family friendly Inn, where entertainment is regularily laid on, and has a beer garden situated at the back - but watch for the midges. The owner is working with a local brewery to develop a dedicated ale. Hill walking, fishing, golf and watersports are all close at hand. Stirling, Callander and the Trossachs are within easy travelling distance.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Saturday : Noon - 11pm; Sunday - 12.30pm - 11pm.



Thornhill

Lion & Unicorn, Main Street, Thornhill, FK8 3PJ. Tel. 01786 850204.



Family owned country house hotel 8 miles from Stirling. A Free House with 3 open fires. Guest Beers. Meals available.


Opening Hours :- Sunday - Thursday : Noon - Midnight ; Friday - Saturday : Noon - 1am

Tillicoultry

Woolpack Inn, 1-3 Glassford Square, Tillicoultry, FK13 6AU. Tel. 01259 750332.



SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND PUB OF THE YEAR 2012. FORTH VALLEY PUB OF THE YEAR 2012. FORTH VALLEY NORTH PUB OF THE YEAR 2012


Recently refurbished and now doing daytime meals, this pub, originally a coaching inn, still retains low ceilings and a comfortable feel. On the southern foothills of the Ochil hills, it is very attractive to walkers. The pub is also popular with the local rugby club and more mature locals You will always find someone with a tale to tell propping up the bar. Also ideal for golfing, fishing and touring, with Stirling 12 miles away on a regular bus route.


Opening Hours :- Monday - Thursday : 11am - Midnight ; Friday - Saturday : 11am - 1am ; Sunday 12.30pm - Midnight.


Uphall

Oatridge Hotel, 2-4 East Main Street, Uphall, EH52 5DA. Tel. 01506-856465.



Three Guest Ales.