Discovering Scotland's Oldest Pub in Hidden Duddingston, Scotland
I feel tiny as I walk along the road. A granite cliff-face towers high above to my left. The edge drops away sharply down the other side, into a marsh that is crossed by an ancient stone bridge. I look up at the wild hillside, catch a glimpse of a rabbit running through the purple haze of heather bushes. The only option is to follow the road forward around the loch. From the wildness of my surroundings, it's hard to imagine I'm barely a twenty minute walk from the centre of Edinburgh, and that this rugged slice of nature is completely surrounded by the city's suburbs. Rounding a bend, I arrive in the wee village of Duddingston and pause for a pint at The Sheep's Heid, Scotland's oldest pub, an escape from the city without ever leaving it.