The Allan Ramsay Hotel
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est. 1792  
named in honour of the celebrated Scots Poet,  Allan Ramsay (1684-1758)
Allan Ramsay Hotel
Dining Room
The Penny Bar
Allan Ramsay Festival 2016
Room 7
Room 3
Carlops Village
Peggy's Pool
The Craigiebield
Smoked Fish Salad
Queen scallops

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This Place
This historic inn is located in the former weavers' village of Carlops,  nestled at the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, 20 minutes from Edinburgh.    It retains its 18th Century character with antique decorations, a small library, a charming candle-lit restaurant and real log fires.   The hotel has one of the last remaining 'Penny Bars' in the UK - that is a bar top decorated with old one penny coins.

Our Rooms

The hotel has four comfortable guests rooms (ensuite) 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 with its own separate entrance.  The apartment sleeps six and has 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.  To book a room
Our Food and Drink

The hotel offers a traditional Scottish pub menu which is fresly prepared using a wide selection of fine, locally sourced meat, fish and game.   At weekends there are chef's specials on offer and freshly made cakes and desserts are served daily.  There is a good selection of white, red and rose wines on offer.  Food is served all day from 12-8.30pm. 


The bar boasts a fine selection of over 35 malt whiskeys and there is always a locally produced Scottish ale on tap with pale, golden or dark varieties to try.     See our current menus


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What our customers say

supper was delicious, to say nothing of the malts in the bar afterwards

Tim & Claudia, Gettendorf, Germany

stay blessed...

Guestbook comment

pleasant and relaxed...

Guestbook comment

thank you very much Rosie and Kenny

Viraj and Laci, Hungary

Lovely Easter morning in Scotland

Morna, Dublin and NY

what a great little joint

Linda & Terry Richardson, NSW, Australia

another enjoyable stay, fourth in two years.

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another enjoyable stay, fourth in two years.

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cracking atmosphere

Harry & Pauline Armstrong

Very comforting.

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great place for a contractor to stay too

Steve, Luton

loved Sam the pub dog...great place to stay

Anne, Harry, Andrew Stafford, Manchester

Lovely old inn

Jane & Bill Ironside, Fraserburgh

Enjoyed the local walks...

Mr & Mrs Galbraith

Excellent accueil...

Evelyne & Patrick, France

Breakfast great!

Guestbook comment

made to feel so welcome..

The Tait Family, Glossop, England

Lovely occasion and celebration for poet Allan Ramsay...

Helen S., Edinburgh

Very good place!

Claudia, Monika, Bruno

Loved my stay

Guestbook comment

gorgeous place


bed was so comfortable

Steven Mitchell

Recommend 100%

Ernest, Miami, Florida USA

Excellent hospitality...

M.J. Hardcastle, Lesmahagow

Excellent hospitality...

M.J. Hardcastle, Lesmahagow

Excellent hospitality...

M.J. Hardcastle, Lesmahagow

Auberge pleine de charme...

Catherine Patrice et Lucas, Offerrent, France

Oh it was lovely! 5*

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

Guestbook comment

This is a lovely place.

Maria & Alfiia

lovely staff and brilliant manners

Susie & Iain, Edinburgh

comfy bed

Doreen & Norman, Somerset

thank you for all your hospitality

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Merci Chef

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Lovely stay

Bryan & Nicola Nunn, Ousden Suffolk

Wonderful hotel!

Jan, Catalonia

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

Nice big bed...

Jakup & Lenka

Thank you for a lovely stay...

Stuart Vorzie

Fantastic, we love it.

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Really enjoyed ourselves.

Jackie & Liam

A really good hotel...

Micha, Mimi, MA and Lia

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


Dave Edley, Wakefield, England


Dave Edley, Wakefield, England


Dave Edley, Wakefield, England

Everyone so helpful and friendly.

Ruth & Tom

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

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Richard & Sue Tyrrell, Kilmarnock

Charming place

Janine, Australia

food been amazing

Mr & Mrs Dodd, Bigginhill, Kent

an amazing find

Michelle and Martin

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<h1>Who is Allan Ramsay?</h1>

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.

<h2>Allan Ramsay Festival 2016</h2>

Allan Ramsay Festival 2016

15-16th October 2016 the inaugural Allan Ramsay Festival was held at the hotel to celebrate the life and work of Allan Ramsay.
This event was supported by Pub is the Hub, the rural and community pubs organisation.   And the staff of University of Glasgow, Dept. of Scottish Literature; in particular Prof. Murray Pittock & Prof. Gerry Carruthers.   More info. on the Allan Ramsay Festival 2016. 

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