Have you ever fancied knowing exactly where the best place to buy a pint is while on holiday in Scotland? Well now there is a place that can tell you where thanks to the launch of Best Bars from VisitScotland and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA).

Best Bars was born after a survey revealed that visitors made up a third of drinkers in Scottish pubs. SLTA members will be listed on scotlandsbestbars.com, a new area on VisitScotland’s food and drink website.

Bars will be assessed through an incognito visit by one of VisitScotland’s quality advisors. The assessment will consider factors such as ambiance, service, and how the business encourages responsible drinking.

Rural Affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Scotland’s licensed trade plays a crucial part of our tourism offering.

“Tourism brings a revenue of £4 billion and supports 200,000 jobs. One pound in every £5 spent by a visitor in Scotland is on food and drink related activities, therefore, it makes sense that the two industries work closely together.”

To find out more about joining the Best Bars scheme or being listed on VisitScotland’s food and drink website click here.