The Scottish Arms Bowral

Highlands in the Highlands
The Scottish Arms Bowral

Persistent rain on this pie run made it feel like I was in the Scottish Highlands rather than the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Which of course was a nice co-incidence given today’s pie was to be enjoyed at The Scottish Arms in Bowral. Opened in 2007, it pays tribute to the strong Scottish history of the region, in particular, the old mining town nearby at Joadja. This is what drew many Scottish migrant families to the Southern Highlands from as far back as 1878.

The Scottish Arms Bowral

A tribute to the mining history of Scottish Settlers in the region.

Back in the present day, I felt a little desperate waiting out front for this pub to open at midday. However, I was soon joined by quite a hungry hoard of fellow patrons.  By 12:15 pm the cavernous interior was three-quarters full and I decided to quickly get my order in. The Scottish Arms runs a mid-week special of $20 for all mains (including a beer, wine or soft-drink), no doubt responsible for the crowds!

Running Stats:

  • Distance: 5km
  • Pie Running Time: 25 minutes

Pie Charts:

There are two pies on the menu. A Chicken pot pie and a Beef & Guinness Pot Pie. The Beef & Guinness pie was an easy choice.

  • Pies: Beef & Guinness Pot Pie
  • Pastry: Only so many superlatives can be used to describe pastry. Over the past month we’ve been to all ends of the spectrum. This sat squarely in the middle.
  • Filling: I have to think back to the Beer, Beef, Bean pie at the Courtyard Cafe to compare the influence of the beer based gravy. It had decent chunks of beef in amongst a sweet gravy.
  • Cost: $20 (with a side salad and fries + drink)
  • Sauce tax: sauce was included. Not needed on the pie though.
The Scottish Arms Bowral

A hearty Beef & Guinness Pie. Nothing better on a wet wintery day in the Highlands

Southern Highlands Pie Trail Run

The Southern ‘Pielands’ Trail Run went for the month of June. As ambassadors for ‘Pie time’ we ran to all of the 26 bakeries on the official Pie Trail to see what they had to offer. See our reviews of all 26 bakeries, their stories and their pies.

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Ever since venturing out the back gate into the bush as a kid, I've had a curiosity to escape and explore as often as I could. It's fair to say that my curiosity has continued to grow instead of fade as the years go on. It eventually came time to turn a few scribbled notes into some legible stories and travel tips for anyone with a similar curiosity as me.

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