CAMRA’s Pub Tracker claims 147 pubs closed north of the border in the six months leading up to the Budget (September 2012 to March 2013).
The number of pubs in ‘lowland and eastern Scotland’ fell 3.8% in the six-month period, while ‘western Scotland’ saw a drop of 2%.
The biggest decline south of the border was in ‘north and mid Wales’, where the number of pubs was down 1.7%. The UK as a whole saw a 1.2% drop.
“Scottish pubs were particularly badly hit over the six months leading up to the 2013 Budget,” said CAMRA spokesman Neil Walker.