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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

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Tasty drinks in Edinburgh
LuciaD_N, Oct 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Really enjoyed learning about the different regions of Scotland, and how they contribute to the unique taste of Scotch whiskey. An added plus was getting to taste a variety of scotch whiskeys!
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Value for the money
Vivienne_A, Oct 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Absolutely loved this experience. So informative and fun. Bright and airy building. Guide very helpful and kind.
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Fun and entertaining!
Elina_K, Sep 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
As a whisky drinker but in no way an expert - after this tour, I am feeling pretty confident about my whisky knowledge! Fun and entertaining! Very interesting concept, with a presentation and tasting! Also, the collection is pretty impressive! Recommend!
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Good experience
Kyle_M, Sep 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Great collection, introduction and guide. I think it was Ian, informative, friendly and helpful. Didn’t know what to expect but it was good fun and worth doing. Would recommend.
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The tunnel was the best...
tania_t, Sep 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The tunnel was the best but also our guide was very professional. We learned so much about the different areas where whiskey is made.
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What a presentation....
Lahiru_P, Sep 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
What a presentation. Would recommend to anybody. They have given us a little present as well , worth for money,,
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Whisky tour
Marc_W, Aug 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Very informative and with the modern technology helped the experience more enjoyable ,would recommend to any whisky drinkers
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Excellent value for money
Stephen_P, Jul 2021
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
I am a whisky enthusiast and thought I had a depth of knowledge until I met Heather our tour guide. Heather's wealth of knowledge and experience made this tour very enjoyable indeed. I only wish now that we had booked the Gold tour to gain more knowledge of the Whisky tasting experience. Special thanks to Heather after discovering that myself and my wife were on honeymoon she went the extra mile in making us feel more welcome.
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Very enjoyable
Jacob_S, Oct 2020
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
The scotch collection was very impressive and staff knowledge on it was superb. Throughout tour Stuart was enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable. He made our experience one to remember!
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Great fun
Caroline_F, Sep 2020
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
Really enjoyed this trip. Guide was very informative and passionate. Good location. Liked the barrel ride which was different to what we have done before.
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Fun but slow
richard_M, Jun 2019
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
We went thinking it would be a little more fast paced, there was alot of waiting for other slower people to get around to coming in then there was too many people to fit around the tasting table so of course that took time. Small children running around, it just wasn't a very pleasant experience.
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Awesome!!!
Carmela_I, Jun 2019
The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
WOW, love whisky, you have to take this tour. We got our money's worth. Not expensive and the tasting at the end was amazing! We truly enjoyed this wonderful tour of different types of whisky and how it is made. My husband loved every moment.

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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Scotch Whisky Experience