IT is the ultimate pub crawl, one which offers intrepid drinkers the chance to swap dingy dive bars and city streets for sweeping vistas and rippling bays.

A new guide to Scotland's most scenic pubs has been launched in a bid to introduce beerlovers to a pint with a view.

But anyone wishing to finish the trek will have to get their walking boots on and have some time to spare , as it criss-crosses the country for 830 miles by land and sea and none of the bars are exactly local.

However, when they have called last orders on the mammoth trip, they will have visited some of Scotland's most stand-out hostelries, including a 300-year-old coaching inn, a pint aboard a boat on Loch Katrine and a bar located within the stunning glens of the Cairngorms National Park.

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The map was Tennent's idea

The ‘ViewPints’ map, celebrates 15 pubs and bars across the country with the most spectacular views as judged by brewers Tennants - who are offering a year's supply of beer to the first five people to complete the 'pint pilgrimage'

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Starting points are down do the individual drinkers - but if one were to pick the most northerly pub, they'd be supping their first ale in the restful surroundings of the Cullen Bar Hotel on the Moray Coast.

The coastline - named by National Geographic magazine as one of the most beautiful in the world - is a prime spot for watching dolphins, and the hotel boasts a cozy corner from which to watch the seaborne mammals at play.

The next step south sees travellers spot dolphin-gazing for monster swapping, with a stop at the Clansman Hotel, the only hotel on the banks of Loch Ness.

After a swift pint there, it's onto the West Highlands for a snifter at the centuries-old Arisaig Hotel on the banks of Loch nan Ceall, which is said to date back to Jacobean times.

Boasting views of the Loch's white sand beaches, the drinking spot is the most westerly stop on the mainland.

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Jura is one of the stops on the crawl

After that, the crawl south heads to the Macdonald Hotel in Kinlochleven, where a pint can be enjoyed while taking in the breathtaking surroundings of Loch Leven, and then on to Forbes of Kingennie country resort and the Glen Cova Hotel in Angus, where four glens can be viewed at once.

After that, if any intrepid drinkers are still standing, a choice has to be made - either head for the Central Belt and the south, or out to the islands.

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Those attempting to complete the crawl will have to cross the sea to Jura - where they can enjoy a pint with a half of the island's famous malt while stags walk past the window of the Jura Hotel - and also make the trip to Arran for a stop at the Douglas Hotel, which wins its place on the map thanks to its unrivalled views of Brodick Bay.

The trail of beers then makes its way across to the Kintyre peninsula for a drink at the Argyll Hotel in Cambeltown, where the sea laps almost to the door.

Heading back east, the crawl takes in another water-based journey with a tipple aboard the Sir Walter Scott steam cruise ship on Loch Katrine, before hitting the road towards Glasgow and swinging by Tennents own Wellpark Brewery.

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As is the Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow

The east coast segment sees drinkers ensconced in the cozy surroundings of the The Boat Brae at Newport on Tay, whose windows feature panoramic views of the iconic river.

And no trip around Scotland would be complete without a visit to the East Neuk of Fife, where the crawl visits with a stop at the St Andrews Holiday Park.

Here, the view is of the town's sandy bay, with the ancient ruined Cathedral as a backdrop.

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Famed as the home of golf, the town's ancient buildings and picturesque streets have been charming people for hundreds of years, while the Fife Coastal Path, which passes alongside the park taking in rugged cliffs, long sandy beaches and wildlife reserves, provides those on the crawl with the option to stagger some of the way on to their next destination.

Overlooking the majestic South Queensferry Crossing, Scotts Bar & Restaurant in South Queensferry boasts the most up-to-date view, taking in Scotland's latest engineering marvel.

And then the crawl comes to an end with a trip to the Royal Mile Tavern in Edinburgh, where the scenery is the heart of the capital's historic Old Town.

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The map is a tour of Scotland

Alan McGarrie, Group Brand Director for Tennent’s Lager, said completing the crawl would give participants a fresh taste of Scotand.

He said: “Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world, and what better way to compliment those stunning views than with a pint of the country’s favourite beer.

"We’ve created the ViewPints map to inspire and challenge beer drinkers to get out and see Scotland like never before.

"Taking in all of the bars would be a very impressive achievement, which is why there’s a year’s supply of beer for anyone who manages to make it round all 15.”