The Allan Ramsay Hotel


The Allan Ramsay Hotel (est. 1792)  is one of Scotland's oldest coaching inns, named in honour of the celebrated Scots Poet,  Allan Ramsay (1684-1758).  The inn is located in the picturesque former weavers' village of Carlops, nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills, only 20 minutes from Edinburgh.  
The inn retains its 18th Century character with antique decorations, a small library, a charming candle-lit restaurant and real log fires.
​The Allan Ramsay Hotel is a traditional Scottish country inn;  it is a
  • cosy home-from-home;
  • welcome stop for the traveller;
  • both a quiet retreat and a friendly place to meet;
  • great location for those wishing to explore the surrounding Scottish Borders countryside, or
  • convenient base from which to experience the delights of the city of Edinburgh.
Allan Ramsay Hotel
Dining Room
The Penny Bar
Allan Ramsay Festival 2016
Room 3
Room 7
The Pentland Hills
Carlops Village
Peggy's Pool
The Craigiebield
Smoked Fish Salad
Queen scallops
Saint Honore
Fraisier Gateau
The hotel has four comfortable guests rooms (enquite) on the upper floor which offer single, double, twin and family occupancy options.  There is also a lovely self-contained apartment  on the ground floor which sleeps 6 comprising one double bedroom with an ensuite shower room, a second double bedroom and a twin room plus a comfortable lounge, kitchen and a bathroom with shower.  Book a room here.
Food and Drink

The hotel offers a modern Scottish menu using a selection of locally sourced, freshly prepared, home-cooked fish, meat and game produce.   Meals are served seven days from 12-3pm and 5pm-8.45pm.   Have a look at our current menus.

The hotel has one of the last remaining 'Penny Bars' - that is a bar top decorated with old one penny coins some of which date from the era of Queen Victoria.  The bar has a fine selection of over 35 malt whiskeys from all parts of Scotland - from the local Glenkinchie distillery to Laphroig on Islay.   There is always a locally produced Scottish ale on tap with pale, golden or dark varieties to try.


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, from beer festivals to 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 nostalgic pub.

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Who is Allan Ramsay?

Allan Ramsay  (1684-1758) is one of Scotland's most important literary figures and a founding father of Romanticism.   This literary and arts movement included the great poets Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Byron and Robert Burns.   Ramsay is credited as having founded Britain's first circulating library, when he rented books from his bookshop in 1725.  He also established Britain's first college of art and was a influential figure in the Scottish Enlightenment movement.   Highly respected and popular in his day, many argue that without Ramsay there would be no Robert Burns.  For more information on this remarkable man see : Allan Ramsay Poet; and his eldest son also  Allan Ramsay, the distinguished portrait painter.

Allan Ramsay Festival 2016

15-16th October 2016 saw the hotel's inaugural Allan Ramsay Festival to celebrate the life and work of Allan Ramsay.

Our Allan Ramsay Festival would not have been possible without the advice and support of Pub is the Hub, the rural and community pubs organisation. 

We also thank the staff at the University of Glasgow, Dept. of Scottish Literature in particular Prof. Murray Pittock and Prof. Gerry Carruthers for their support for the Festival events.   More information on the Allan Ramsay Festival 2016. 


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What's coming up....

Patisserie (NEW)
Quality & Freshly Baked
Selection of sweet pastries, cakes, tarts & biscuits baked daily - available to order online too.

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Witches of Carlops
Mystery Night
27 & 28th May 2017



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Loved my stay

Guestbook comment

bed was so comfortable

Steven Mitchell

gorgeous place


Oh it was lovely!

James Nicholls

Will always use this lovely hotel as a stopover from now on.

Margaret And Ted

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

Very welcome at The Allan Ramsay

Mr & Mrs Mackenzie

First class

Mr. Sturrock, Dundee

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)

a dream

F. Rose

lovely stay

Margo & Jim Grierson (Donaster)

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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