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Weird Pubs: Scotland and Wales
"Questions about Scottish and Welsh pubs - the old, the weird and the downright freaky! Have you visited these pubs? Let me know I would be very interested."
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The Puff Inn, St Kilda, Scotland
This unusual pub serves a local population of just 35 people, most of which are army personnel, conservationists or game wardens. What title does this remote public house own?
It is open just 3 months in the year
The highest (altitude) pub in the British Isles
The most remote pub in the British Isles
It serves the smallest village in the British Isles
The Skirrid, Llanvihangel, Wales
The oldest pub still standing in Wales in the countryside outside Abergavenny lays claim to being the oldest pub in Wales dating back to before 1100. But it has a more sinister claim to fame. What is that claim to fame?
A member of the disliked Royal Family was assasinated there in 1627
Guy Fawkes plotted his scheme to destroy the Houses of Parliament from there
1800 criminals were hung there over the centuries
In 1765, 13 witches were "ducked" to their death in the garden pond there
The Prince Of Wales, Kenfig (Cynffig in Welsh), Wales.
Kenfig goes back to 520 a.d. and was once a thriving city on the South Wales coast. The age of the pub is unclear but it is centuries old. The history of this pub covers many unfortunate periods in time and if it could speak it would tell you what happened to the city of Kenfig. What do you think happened to Kenfig?
The city thrived on coal mines which led to a total collapse of all buildings through subsidence with the exception of this pub
The city was bombarded out of existence by a breakaway flotilla from the Spanish Armada. The pub alone survived.
The city was captured by French maurauders and the population slaughtered within the sight and surounds of this pub
The city of Kenfig was destroyed by a series of natural disasters with the exception of the pub which remains today.
The Arctic Bar, Dundee, Scotland
This pub is nostalgic to the core and steeped in fishing history. It bears an interesting physical testimony to the sailors who braved all to bring home the "catch" in days of yore. What is its feature?
The jaw of a whale that swallowed a local whaler in 1821 is strung from the ceiling in the lounge bar
Each of its six doors has a coffin shaped window in memory of the six man crew of a local whaling ship that didn't return in 1821
A fire has been kept buring in the great hearth perpetually since 1821 in memory of local folk who have perished at sea
The pub is the only licensed premises that doubles as a lighthouse in Great Britain
The Nile, Inverness, Scotland
Just why would this Scottish Highlands pub bear a name like "The Nile"?
Nile is an ancient Scottish Gaelic word for "alehouse" or "maltings".
John Speke planned his expedition of 1856 to trace the source of the river Nile from this pub
The pub is very heavily constructed and decorated in the Egyptian style
An investor in the original construction of the pub was Colonel Archibald Christie, husband to Agatha Christie the crime novelist, who spent many years conducting his archaeological expeditions on the banks of the river Nile
Ye Olde Bulls Head, Beaumaris, Wales
Built in 1472 this old pub today features a strange antique contraption previously seen and used in the town centre by those delivering justice to the townsfolk in days of yore. What is this contraption?
A Ducking Stool
A Solitary Confinement Cage
The Hangmans' Gallows
Halfway House, Edinburgh, Scotland
This pubs location and construction is unique in Scotland. Why?
It is the only pub built within the walls of Edinburgh Castle
Due to serious subsidence damage all customers must sign a disclaimer against personal injury or death before being served there
Access to it is via victorian sewer passageways
It is a pub built beneath another pub
The Royal Oak, Cardiff, Wales
Built around 1700 this pub has for many decades been a site of tribute to a particular sport. Which sport is depicted throughout this pub?
Sumo Wrestling - there is a full size Sumo Ring at the pub. Competitions are held and it is not uncommon for heated disputes between customers to be settled in the ring
Swimming - there is a half scale olympic swimming pool built within the pubs estate
Boxing - there is a boxing gym within its walls
Rugby Union - there are a set of rugby goal posts, dating back to 1934, in the rear garden which were obtained from Cardiff Arms Park after a handsome victory against the English
The Trevor Arms, Marford Village, Wrexham, Wales
This pub has certain features on its exterior to ward off evil spirits. What might these features be?
It is the only pub in Wales that has a moat and drawbridge
Each corner of the building has a gargoyle
Large crosses are built into the walls
Garlic is grown extensively in the grounds, for this is renowned vampire country
Tafarn Sinc Preseli, Sir Benfro, Wales
This pub was built in 1876 when the railway between Clunderwen and Rosebush opened. It is the highest pub in Pembrokeshire. Apart from breathtaking views it enjoys another curious feature. What might that be?
It technically qualifies as a palace
It has its own dedicated railway halt
It has its own cemetery within the grounds
It still operates as a slaughterhouse for local farmers
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