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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
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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Fantastic! (Silver tour)

For a non-whisky drinker, the tour was very interesting and the barrel ride at the start was a fantastic way of taking you through the whisky production process in a way that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Congleton, United Kingdom
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

For a non-whisky drinker, the tour was very interesting and the barrel ride at the start was a fantastic way of taking you through the whisky production process in a way that captures your attention - much better than reading several boards of information! The tour guide was excellent and I was really impressed by the whole experience, even down... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped in because it was raining and cold outside, warm and dry inside. The first part was a little hokie when they were explaining the distillation process, but the remainder was quite interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A very nice tour to do in Edinburgh, the tour was eye opening for someone who had no clue who whiskey and is manufactured, and how to identify the various types of scotch whiskey! The tour was baby friendly too! and you get to keep the glass at the end!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and fun tour.. knew of whiskey but not enough to appreciate it as I do now.. the highlight for me was seeing the scotch collection and the story behind it. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and a fun guide.. we visited Edinburgh for my birthday and when he asked why we visited gave us a free... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Great place to understand the whisky making process on a small ride within the tour! You will also learn about the different whisky regions in Scotland and get to try one from one of the 4 regions. Definitely recommend going for the gold tour at minimum if you like your whisky!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Take the gold tour. It is worth the time and expense. You get a funny, half-serious theme park ride about the process of making whiskey, and then you get a very serious introduction to the whiskeys of Scotland, as well as one of the largest collections of bottles you are apt to see in your life. The gold tours come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It was our first stop and it was perfect timing as it started to rain... We got lunch at the restaurant downstairs and the staff was very friendly and the food good. The visit at the museum was very interactive and fun. We took the gold tour and had 5 tasting. Fun things to do ! Impressive whiskey collection !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Visited this on a rainy day with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the tour. The staff were friendly and professional while the exhibits were informative and presented creatively. There were also little bits of info and activities provided to kids at their eye level. We went on a basic tour which I think is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I didn't know about this place and stumbled into it after touring the castle. Well worth the time and money. Fun and informative. Very well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have been several times to the whisky experience by now and practically go there every time I am in Edinburgh. The have a lot of different whiskies in all price classes and the staff knows their products well and a more than helpful in explaining everything. Wanted to take the tour, but unfortunately it was sold out that day.... More 

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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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