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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

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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This is a place you can go to after you've been to Edinburgh castle. It's on the left on your way out. You'll see how tartan weaving is done, you'll be able to buy all sorts of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
David M
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La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a place you can go to after you've been to Edinburgh castle. It's on the left on your way out. You'll see how tartan weaving is done, you'll be able to buy all sorts of local and traditional Scottish products. You can also book tickets for fifteen tours there. I went on a fantastic Loch Ness tour with... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was a shame to visit this place recently, which was always one of my favourite attractions as a child. There's a horrible Edinburgh need at the moment to refurbish old much-loved attractions and turn them into dull, emotionless 'tourist' attractions. There used to be a small presentation with slide shows and a light-up village that explained the whisky-making process, a... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was really fascinating, I now know the difference between Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, and Islay whiskies!! We went for the your that included four whiskies at the end, a very pleasant way to prop up the bar sampling the local delights. I'd recommend this to anyone, even if you don't like whisky!!

1 Thank M_Rockatanski
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although the initial barrel ride has a big Disney feel to it, the explanation on Scottish whiskey and the tastery was worth while. I'd recommend the gold tour for the full experience!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've booked some silver tour online but when we arrived this tour was actually cancelled due to a group visit. The staff did everything to help us and were really friendly. The manager came quite quickly apologised and upgraded us for the next tour "Gold". The visit was made by Charlotte, such an amazing guide, who also spoke to us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cheapest tour takes about 1 hour, and it shows the differences between whiskies around Scotland. The tour guide is really pleasant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wasn't really a whisky enthusiast, but was interested in the tour as part of the "Scotland experience." The guide was great; great sense of humor and knowledgeable about whisky and the regional differences. I recommend the Gold tour, which offers a tasting of whisky from 4 different regions of Scotland. It was great for comparing/contrasting...immediately tasting the regional differences.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you like whisky, this is perfect. If you don't, still pretty interesting. A chance to learn a lot about how whiskey is made, and it's history. We were on the silver package, which meant we could only try one type each, a decision made upon a free scratch and sniff sheet to help! Staff knew a lot and were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I myself dont like whisky buy my friend said she cant go Scotland and not do a whisky tour so after a look around and a look on here we decided to try this one the tour guide new what he was talking about and said there would be a whisky out ther for me I have still not found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sisters and I had a great time with Matt F on the tour through the world of Scotch whisky. While the cask ride at the beginning 'through the process of making whisky' was a bit campy (especially the informative ghost guiding the way), the corporeal guides brought everything deliciously down to earth. Matt F was a complete delight, and... More 

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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.
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