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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

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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Mmmm whisky.

Probably fairly touristy but interesting. Free sample and souvenir glass make the silver tour a great deal. Modern, attractive facility and a nice sit down during your stroll of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jessica S
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

4 of us opted for the premium experience that included additional tastings. The staff were all very knoweldgeable and friendly. We wished we'd only upgraded 1 or 2 of the tickets as they had preselected whiskie's to taste, you didn't get to pick your own. We would have been fine sharing tastings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Probably fairly touristy but interesting. Free sample and souvenir glass make the silver tour a great deal. Modern, attractive facility and a nice sit down during your stroll of the Royal Mile.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Whisky tasting experience was very interesting and well worth a visit. We went on the Platinum tour which ended with a Food Tasting Experience which was a real let down. The restaurant was very very noisy and not helped by Americans shouting from one table to another in their usual manner! We have absolutely no idea what we ate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This great attraction is located near the castle and offers and interesting tour in a beautiful designed mini museum about the making of Whisky and the different things that affect its flavour, you get to try a Whisky of your choosing and view the world's largest Whisky collection - totally money worth experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very informative. Almost like a crash course in Scottish Whiskey. Definitely worth it. Enjoyed the sampling at the end!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun way of learning about whisky, staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Only criticism was silver package (£15) only let's you try one whisky.

Thank Sasandsimon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The are many perks to this visit. First, the cellar is magnificent and allows for great pictures! Second, the tasting experience is not that expensive and really interesting. Finally, you will finally learned all the history about this magnificent drink. However, don't expect any deals at the wiskey store at the end of the visit: the prices are pretty regular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm not a big whiskey fan, but being in Edinburgh I had to try this experience. And it was a good surprise at all. You discover a bit of history, how it is made and you can taste the Scotch whiskey from all regions, after the guide explain the details about each one. Not being a big fan made me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are staying in Edinburgh for just a couple of days and cannot go to a distillery i definitely recommend it. You can enjoy a ride (very Disney style) where they tell you about the history of whisky and then you can taste different whiskys. The explanation was very good, and they even give you a tasting glass at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Go all the way and take the 'gold' tour. I learned a lot about how whiskey is made. The presentation and tasting were interesting and informative. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. The views from the bar at the end were great. 75 minutes well spent. Be prepared to come out with a bottle of whiskey, but if like... More 

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