Stirling Tours
The Old Smiddy Gin School
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The Old Smiddy Gin School

By Stirling Distillery
Recommended by 95% of travelers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 18-100
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • All distilling equipment


Start:
  • Stirling Distillery, 9 Lower Castlehill, Stirling FK8 1EN, UK
    Please meet at distillery shown on map.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 255313P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 255313P4

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    • Stirling Distillery
      1,055
      Stirling, Scotland
      Joined in June 2019
    • scottishstephy
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gin tasting experience
      Brilliant afternoon at the gin tasting experience. Host Danielle was brilliant at telling the story and history of gin. Made the whole group experience wonderful. Will definitely be back! 🙏🏼
      Written June 15, 2024
    • PatriciaH46
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Most enjoyable visit 🤪
      Excellent experience & good value for money. Our Host was very knowledgeable & funny. The Gin was very pleasing on the palate with a big selection to taste. Would definitely recommend a visit. Brian & Trisha
      Written June 14, 2024
    • Z6742IBjoya
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Excellent visit with lovely staff. Large selection of gin and beautiful stories to go with each one. Thank you Erin for a super day.
      Written June 14, 2024
    • H7015ZQneilr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 star Gin tour (yum)
      We took the classic gin tour and would recommend it to anyone (or at least any gin lovers). Tour was conducted by Erin, an extremely pleasant and knowledgeable young lady who started laying out the history of gin. We were then provided with a selection of seven gins and liqueurs produced on site and told the story behind each as well as their ingredients and given suggestions as to their best options for mixers or simply on the rocks. A great day out in lovely surroundings.
      Written June 12, 2024
    • Sightsee60696489632
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gins galore!
      Lovely way to start a week! My son had bought me tickets for Christmas but unfortunately my friend was unable to taste the gin as she had to drive -but she bought a number of miniatures as well as a full bottle based on what I said so I hope she enjoys them! The welcome cocktail was absolutely delicious and we're looking forward to trying to recreate it ourselves. There's a lot to remember about the building and the gins and Kate made it very interesting while I was working my way through the 7 different gins!
      Written June 11, 2024
    • SmashvilleNative
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      10/10 Fun in Stirling
      Had a quick 24hrs in Stirling and heard this was a “MUST” so we did the last tour of the day with Kate. Absolutely incredible history and fun stories with some amazing gin. Highly recommend to anyone visiting, make sure you ask for Kate!
      Written June 9, 2024
    • Linda M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Gin tasting experience
      Was a fun experience getting to hear the history of Stirling gin, and hearing the meaning behind each name! Lots of different gins to taste, and Rebecca was a great host! Went with my bf, but could absolutely do this with friends or solo, would recommend to anyone who enjoys gin, fantastic experience and I would go again.
      Written June 9, 2024
    • Culture61188038287
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Definetly great experience
      Was a great experience. Many thanks Rachelle! Your introduction to the world of gin was entertaining and educational.
      Written June 9, 2024
    • Orangepeel107
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great small tour
      This was such a fun tour! The distillery is right by the Stirling Castle. Erin did a great job explaining the process of how whisky is made and we got to go into the distillery, which is really small but interesting. Then you sample several whisky’s from different distilleries (I think only one of theirs). I think they are mainly a gin distillery so you can sample some of their gins and buy some bottles in the tasting room. A fun hour to spend in Stirling.
      Written June 8, 2024
    • puccacat
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must visit in Stirling!!!
      As a gin lover, it was fascinating to learn the history of gin. Rachel was amazing, patient, and very lovely as she explained the history, how the names were developed for each drink at this special distillery and showcasing the cellar. A very unique experience and I’m taking home some amazing gin with me!
      Written June 8, 2024
    • Lmck541
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fab experience
      Brilliant experience and staff very knowledgable. Find were delicious! Rebecca was fab! Lovely building and surroundings.
      Written June 8, 2024
    • Passenger44270990646
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time
      Great tasting and tour. Our tour guide Rachel did an excellent job explaining the history of gin and how the sterling distillery was founded
      Written June 6, 2024
    • aija777
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      It was a amazing experience with fun tasting and Rachel was just amazing 🤩thanks for having us! 🥂We had our favorite gin picked and we got few goodies to bring home!
      Written June 6, 2024
    • D8993AVgabriellam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Loved it!
      Loved the tour! Kate was AMAZING. She is so kind and happy to answer questions. I loved leaning about the gin and how it is made. Absolutely recommend!
      Written June 5, 2024
    • adams254
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stirling Distillery
      Lovely Gin Tour this morning with Rachel. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Hidden Gem in Stirling, highly recommended.
      Written June 5, 2024
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    Scenic169388
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Family
    I was only offered a glass of water instead of the welcome drink and free sample as stated on booking for drivers. When I emailed to complain they only offered 10% off a return visit.
    The place is tiny with not much to see therefore I have no desire to return. I would certainly not recommend.
    Written September 18, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    I am sorry you felt the need to take this public, as I explained it was a complete mistake the soft drink was forgotten which we are sorry for. It is a shame you don't want to return because of a human error. I hope you enjoyed the sample you took away with you. Kind regards, Elle
    Written September 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Graham H
    Chorley, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022
    This was a wonderful, well organised event and well worth the money. The guide, Sarah, was very accommodating and knowledgeable showing us the whole process. It is a very hands on business.
    We got a chance to taste some very different gins that we would not normally have done and then a trip to the small shop for some of the gins we had tasted.
    Thank you also for recommending a restaurant for us as we were from out of town.
    This is definitely worth a visit to the hidden gin gem !
    Written November 14, 2022
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    Hi Graham, Thanks for leaving us a review. We're glad to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us. A hidden gem it is indeed! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. All the best,
    Written November 15, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Karen M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited with my dad to celebrate his birthday. At 74yrs he already has everything so I was looking for a gift that involved spending time with him and having nice memories and it was exactly that. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day, a good mix of education and history and the practical side of making the gin. Brice was a great host, we were well looked after and loved having our very own custom made gin. Would definitely recommend this experience!
    Written January 28, 2023
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    Hi Karen, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a detailed review. It was a pleasure to host both you and your father on our gin school. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us. You're now both experts! Hope that 74 gin tasted good! All the best,
    Written January 31, 2023
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    JenB80
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    My husband and I participated in the old smiddy gin school. It was a birthday gift from friends. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. Rachel was a great host.
    Big thanks to Kieran who ran the gin school he was so friendly and knowledgeable and made it a really fun day. There was also plenty of opportunity to sample the amazing gins. We enjoyed all parts of the class and were delighted to take home our own bottle of gin that we made. All staff were very attentive and looked after us well. We had a great day and would definitely recommend this to family and friends.
    Written January 28, 2024
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    Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5* review, it means a lot receiving such positive feedback. I am pleased you enjoyed your time here at Stirling Distillery.
    Written February 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Harris0nHS
    Rothienorman, null, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022 • Couples
    What a fantastic afternoon we had making gin for my mums birthday. Melody was very knowledgeable and just a lovely person and couldn’t do enough for us, definitely went above and beyond our expectations. The gin making experience was brilliant too, can’t wait to drink our gins. The cocktails and gins were delicious as well. Highly recommend this afternoon experience 👍👍👍👍👍
    Written September 4, 2022
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    Hello Harrison, Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review. I hope your gins turned out great! The gin school is one of our most popular experiences so we're glad you agreed. Let us know how your gins taste! Kind regards,
    Written September 7, 2022
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    wendy c
    London, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Friends
    Had a great time on the Whisky tour with the very knowledgeable Ben.
    We learnt a lot of great facts and tips about Whisky. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and the tasting was superb. Interesting tour around the distillery. Thanks Ben for a great time!
    Written March 29, 2024
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    Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review, the positive feedback means a lot to us here at Stirling Distillery. I will pass on your kind words to Ben. Kind regards, Elle
    Written April 14, 2024
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    Megs2511
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great afternoon at the Gin School learning to make our own gin. Megan made us feel very welcome. She was friendly and attentive throughout, as were the rest of the team. Would definitely recommend.
    Written May 22, 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with us here at Stirling Distillery.
    Written May 25, 2023
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    Morag K
    Aberdeenshire, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    Fantastic afternoon - simple enough distill process not sure husband and I fully knew what we were going to create when picking our flavours. Results tasted not too bad - 55% might blow our heads off though.
    Written August 8, 2022
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    Hi Morag, Thanks so much for taking time to leave us a review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your gin school experience. Hopefully your gins turn out great. Let us know how you get on. Good luck with the 55%. Kind regards, Brice Ledingham
    Written August 11, 2022
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    Ian G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Family
    Great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed distilling our own gin under the guidance from Mel. Looking forward to trying the results of our visit.
    Written August 6, 2022
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    Hello, Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the gin school - hopefully your inspired creations taste great. Let us know how you get on. Many thanks, Brice Ledingham
    Written August 11, 2022
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    Allison
    Charleston, SC46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had so much fun tasting various gins and gin liqueurs. Anna our guide was knowledgeable and engaging.
    There were 5 of us and we would absolutely do this again!
    Written July 31, 2022
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    Hi Allison, Thank you so much for your kind review. We're delighted to hear you and your group enjoyed the tour. All the best, Brice Ledingham
    Written August 11, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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