The Allan Ramsay

Welcome to The Allan Ramsay

The Allan Ramsay, est. 1792, is one of Scotland's oldest coaching inns, named in honour of the Scots poet Allan Ramsay (1684-1758), whose   many literary works celebrated the rural life of the area.   The inn is located in the picturesque former weavers' village of Carlops, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills, 20 minutes from Edinburgh.  Although the inn has a modest stone exterior, the inside is warm and welcoming with many original features and retains its 18th Century character with antique decorations, a small library, a charming candle-lit restaurant and real log fires.


There are four bright and comfortable guests rooms on the upper floor which offer single, double, twin and family occupancy. Alongside the hotel is a lovely self-contained apartment (sleeps 6) on the ground floor with 3 bedrooms, lounge and kitchen.
The Allan Ramsay continues its role to the present day; offering a welcome stop for the traveller, as a quiet retreat for those wishing to explore the surrounding beautiful countryside or as a base from which to experience the delights of the city of Edinburgh.

Entertainment and Events


At the Allan Ramsay you'll find a varied range of entertainment for you to enjoy. From quiz nights to steak nights, beer festivals and whisky tastings to folk music nights there's always something in the pipeline. Great for meeting up with old friends and making new ones.


Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Allan Ramsay is everyone's favourite stop off.


15-16th October 2016 sees the inaugural Allan Ramsay Festival to celebrate the life and works of Allan Ramsay (father) poet and his son, also called Allan Ramsay, the distinguished portrait painter.   More details to follow.

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bed was so comfortable

Steven Mitchell

gorgeous place


Oh it was lovely!

James Nicholls

Really comfortable and peaceful.

Heather Ireland, Aberystwyth

Lovely historic pub/hotel in a village near Edinburgh. Extremely friendly proprietors

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lovely staff and brilliant manners

Susie & Iain, Edinburgh

comfy bed

Doreen & Norman, Somerset

thank you for all your hospitality

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Lovely stay

Bryan & Nicola Nunn, Ousden Suffolk

First class

Mr. Sturrock, Dundee

Very welcome at The Allan Ramsay

Mr & Mrs Mackenzie

never disappointed with meal or service

Mr & Mrs Brunton

Great value for money

Ms. K. Habsburg

Really nice pub / restaurant

Ms. F. Black, Edinburgh

Friendly service - welcoming.

F. Shaw, Edinburgh

loved staying here

Anne & John Williams (Wolverhampton)

lovely stay

Margo & Jim Grierson (Donaster)

a dream

F. Rose

Fantastic, we love it.

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Warm hospitality and staff couldn't have been more helpful. Clean and comfortable rooms

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Special place....genuinely warm welcome....superb grub...keep up the good works folks!

C. Gibson & C. Scrutton

dog friendly too

Simon and Jane Knight

a real home from home

Graham & Joy Knight

Everyone so helpful and friendly.

Ruth & Tom

Lovely stay for us and our doggies, fantastic location and lovely people

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Charming place

Janine, Australia

food been amazing

Mr & Mrs Dodd, Bigginhill, Kent

an amazing find

Michelle and Martin

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