Welcome!This is the website of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). This web site was re-launched in October 2009 to reflect the wide ranging and changing needs of the real ale drinker in our branch area. We hope it will also be of service to the many visitors that we receive in Edinburgh & South East Scotland. CAMRA is a UK-wide not-for-profit consumer organisation with over 140,000 members that campaigns on all beer and pub issues. It has branches run by volunteers throughout the UK. This branch has been concerned with the promotion of good-quality cask conditioned beers (commonly referred to as “real ale”) since being founded in 1975.
The BranchOur branch covers a large geographical area, stretching from the City of Edinburgh in the north, and through much of the Lothians and the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh itself has had a long and proud tradition of producing real beer – a tradition almost lost at one time in the recent past, but now revived. In the Borders there are inns, taverns and hotels of unique style, steeped in the turbulent and lively history of the region. Find out more about what’s happening at this time of the year in the Branch Diary.
DiscoverFollow the links in the menu on the right hand side of this window to find out more about the real ale scene in our branch area, and to browse amongst the branch’s many activities.
NewsDon’t forget to check the News regularly to find out the latest branch news - also for details of the Branch Pubs of the Year. For forthcoming local real ale-related events, see the Events page or the Calendar.
Visitors to Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish BordersFirstly - Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, one of Europe's foremost tourist destinations, is of course within our branch area. Whether you are interested in the unique appearance of the taverns and other drinking establishments in the heart of the city, or simply want to sample traditional real ale, brewed here in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK, click on the Pub Finder and select the Edinburgh options at the bottom of the screen. This also allows you to find real ale outlets near to where you are staying.
You may however be wishing to explore the areas around Edinburgh in the Lothians, either along the coastline of the Firth of Forth, or further inland. Perhaps you would like to go further afield to take in the unique atmosphere of the Borders. In either case there is a section of the Pub Finder for you. Again - just click on the Pub Finder.