Scottish PubsMarston’s Scottish Pubs Expansion. UK pub operator and independent brewer Marston’s has announced long-term plans to boost its footprint in Scotland.

The company said it aimed to open six new pubs north of the border in the next year, and was looking to open an average of five new pubs each year after that.

It has drawn up 92 “target locations” for its countrywide rollout.

The announcement came one year to the day since Marston’s opened its first pub in Scotland.

The company said its long-term expansion plans represented an annual investment of £15m, creating more than 200 new jobs per year plus construction jobs at each site.

Marston’s currently has four pubs in Scotland – in Dunbar, Braehead in Renfrewshire, Danderhall in Midlothian and Forfar in Angus.

Within the next 12 months, it expects to open sites in Armadale in West Lothian, Balloch in West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Port Glasgow in Inverclyde and Ravenscraig in North Lanarkshire.

Marston’s is about to start building its first Marston’s Inn, which will be adjacent to the first pub it opened in Scotland a year ago – the Pine Marten in Dunbar.

A second hotel will be built later this year beside a new pub at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.