White Hart Inn

Once the drinking spot of Robert Burns and Burke & Hare

White Hart Inn

Founded in 1516, The White Hart Inn is one of the oldest public houses in Edinburgh. The name dates back to an incident in 1128 when King David I encountered a white stag while hunting. It has a rich history of famous literary patrons, including Robert Burns and infamous murderers Burke and Hare.

On his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791, Robert Burns lodged at the White Hart Inn and it was here that he parted ways with his then squeeze Nancy, who inspired his song Ae Fond Kiss.

William and Dorothy Wordsworth stayed there in 1803, during which time they visited Sir Walter Scott at Lasswade.

For other bookish boozers in Edinburgh see our 10 Edinburgh… Literary Pubs.