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The Scotch Whisky Experience

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Address: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 220 0441
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: Shopping, Drinking
Description: Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making...
Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.Enter the vault containing the world's largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting. Explore Scotland's whisky history from the very beginnings through to the global success of today. *Important access information* We are delighted to announce that our lift is currently being replaced, with a brand new facility available in the new year. Please be aware that from now until a proposed mid-May finish date for this extensive project, our lift will be closed. This will mean that our tour is inaccessible to wheelchair users, as it takes place over two levels. Our restaurant, Amber will also not be accessible, as it is situated on the lower ground floor. Our specialist whisky shop is at street level so will be unaffected
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I had 14 American family members visiting so we decided to do this tour. It was fantastic, it gives a good insight into our Whisky making and gives a little taster, just enough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had 14 American family members visiting so we decided to do this tour. It was fantastic, it gives a good insight into our Whisky making and gives a little taster, just enough for you to decide whether you like the taste or not. Our guide was informative and we were able to buy some miniatures of our favourite whisky... More 

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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We took the Platinum tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. You do need to prebook this tour, but it's worth it. The whisky barrel ride was fun, though since we brew beer, we already knew most of the whisky making process. Then we went up to a room for the guided tasting. The presentation and Jamie, our guide, were great. I... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Overall I enjoyed. I would say tour is very good for someone who knows nothing about whiskey (aka me) but would probably be disappointing for a connoisseur. The barrel ride was as far from Disneyland as you could imagine and imparted very little knowledge about the whiskey making process. The talk however was very interesting as was the tasting and... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We weren't sure what to expect based upon the mixed reviews. However, we enjoyed the experience very much. A great intro to whisky with a Disney like ride followed by a whisky tasting experience. Well worth it.

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Prince George, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If you go take the gold tour. I learned a lot that I did not know about Scotch. We got to see the worlds largest Scotch collection which was magnificant. The tasting at the end is very very good. The have some very expensive scotch. The soctch bar was great/

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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Myself and 5 friends booked this as we thought it would be a good way to spend a couple of hours while in Edinburgh. We were aware that this was not a distillery, but as occasional whisky drinkers wanted to educate ourselves a little. In my opinion the barrel ride at the beginning is a little naff and we would... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You start off your tour by getting in a barrel ride for 10 minutes which takes you round different stages of how whisky is made. Very visual and even for some people that may not be such a big fan of whisky it is very easy to understand. After this you go through the different colors and ages of the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Clear explanations, nice setup. Our tour included, chinese, japanese, portuguese and german people, and they had audio for everyone in their languagues. Excellent!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We hadn't planned to go to the Scotch Whisky Experience when we were in Edinburgh but walked by and thought we would give it a go. My partner and I are not big whisky fans at all but it was one of the highlights of our trip and we found it extremely interesting and informative. Now I can impress all... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The website makes this look ridiculous. We were told by several friends we had to do this and they were right. You start with a little ride in a barrel learning how Scotch is made. It is a little goofy, but not too bad. Then there is a short slide presentation to fill in the gaps and explain the 5... More 

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Address: Address: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 220 0441
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.