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Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

The Basics

A Scotch Whisky Experience tour is the perfect way to begin a day of exploring the Royal Mile or end a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Various tours are available, including the Silver Tour, a 1-hour overview of Scotch whisky and two tastings; the Gold Tour, which builds on the Silver with additional tastings and perks; a Masterclass for those with a preexisting love of the drink; and the Taste of Scotland, a showcase of the country’s cuisine with whisky pairings. Most tours begin with the Barrel Ride, an interactive journey through a replica of a whisky distillery.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

star-4
Great but a little rushed
NIcholas_E, Aug 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The Whisky collection was amazing - thought the tasting was a bit rushed Very articulate guide throughout…..
star-5
Amazing!
MaryAnn_G, Jul 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The wine tasting & toast in the wine display room & the education part of it.the way it was presented was fabulous & a total class! 😊👌
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The “whiskey” story was...
John_T, Jul 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The “whiskey” story was told well. The tasting room at the end of the tour was the best part of our visit.
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The room where the 5...
Elizabeth_F, Jul 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The room where the 5 regions were covered and we got to do the scratch-and-sniff so better understand the differences in flavor profiles.
star-5
Fabulous
Jennifer_T, Jul 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
All of it! The travelling through the brewing process and the 3D screen show through to the tasting of the whisky.
star-5
A good time out!
Brian_P, Jun 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
A surprising amount of fun and we actually learned a few things. Even those on our group who weren't whisky fans going into the experience had fun. Viator booked us the silver tour which includes one tasting. There is a gold tour which includes additional tasting and also several special "experience" offerings available that include food pairings.
star-5
Great experience
Eva_B, Jun 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Our guide Holly was super informative. The entire tour is worth the time and money. Definitely learned a bit about whiskey masking and locales of Scotland.
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Slante
Gitte_N, May 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
That I like whisky- very good storyteller - Mads was very inspirering and have a good voice- a very good trip
star-5
A unique fun experience
Stacey_B, May 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
I don’t know what I was expecting from this but it definitely exceeded my expectations. You start with a simulation ride that explains how how scotch is made. Then you meet a tour guide and he takes you through the rest of the exhibit. It is more hands on such as scratch and sniff a card that smells like the different regions. Taste the scotch and seeing there rather large collection of scotches. I would definitely recommend doing this activity while in Edinburg
star-5
Thoroughly recommend
Laura_L, May 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Absolute value for money - starts with a tour, then a presentation, taken through the whiskeys in detail & then to see a collection. Our tour Jim was amazing. Great personality & engagement.
star-4
Great experience
Nicholas_R, May 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Great learning experience. The “collection” is outstanding! A true complimentary sensory experience where.
star-5
Cool Experience
Emily_L, May 2022
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Great experience from beginning to end. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable & friendly. We loved getting to know the smells & flavours behind the different scotch whiskeys. Would definitely recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must for whisky lovers visiting Edinburgh.

  • The Amber Restaurant serves an à la carte menu featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients and the whisky bar boasts more than 450 varieties.

  • Experts can pair you with the perfect bottle to take home at the state-of-the-art souvenir shop.

  • Be sure to book tours in advance, as popular time slots may fill up quickly.

  • The center is accessible to wheelchair users, and sign language tour videos are available free of charge.

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How to Get There

The Scotch Whisky Experience is located on the Royal Mile, just steps from the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. The nearest transit stop is Princes Street on buses 1, 22, 25, and N16; Waverley rail station is half a mile (800 meters) away.

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When to Get There

Tours run daily from the mid-morning; check online for schedules. The center is busiest on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. If booking last minute, aim for a morning tour or afternoon tour earlier in the week. However, because tour numbers are capped, tours and tastings never feel overly crowded.

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All Are Welcome

There's always a place for nondrinkers and children at the Scotch Whisky Experience. In addition to offering a compelling history of Scotland’s national drink, tours involve scratch-and-sniff cards to learn about the smells and flavors of the finished product. Those who don't drink whisky are always offered a complimentary Irn Bru, Scotland’s most popular nonalcoholic carbonated beverage.

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