The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 one of 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.
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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • Jeffrey N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taste of Scotland
    We booked the Taste of Scotland tour, which is the Platinum tour followed by a tasting menu at the Amber restaurant. The tour was fun and informative (for both whisky newcomers and enthusiasts - I consider myself somewhere in between) and the whisky collection was impressive. Our tour guide Curtis was great, with interesting stories and a good sense of humor. The food at the Amber restaurant was excellent.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Tina K
    Chester, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour! Well worth a visit!
    Excellent visit! I've never tried whisky but my husband was interested in learning more about whisky so we booked the silver tour and our guide was Lochlan (sorry if spelt wrong). He was very informative and we both found the tour very interesting. I even tried the whisky (husband thought he'd have to drink mine too)!! Wow the room of whisky was impressive, photos do not do it justice. We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour and wished we'd booked the gold tour. I'd recommend anyone to visit, very informative and interactive way of learning.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • CamD
    Perth, Australia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a First Class experience!
    Stayed the wife along (who is not a whisky fan) and she absolutely loved it. They explain the different regions, tastes (scratch n sniff), impressive visual displays and various sample tastings. Absolutely worth doing the Gold version for the 4 extra drams, and the regional IMAX style video of the scenery is stunning. Engaging tour operators and it only goes for an hour. Interactive video style selecting the type of whisky and range on display 3,400+ is literally like heaven to whisky lovers Great range of whisky in the gift shop I r he way out and worth taking 10 mins to walk through the store. Will be hitting up our travel company to include this in future tours as it’s a ‘must see’ in Edinburgh, and right next to the Castle which was handy
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • A V
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice informative experience
    I’m not a big whiskey drinker but I absolutely loved this whiskey tour. Our tour guide, Fiona was very welcoming and informative and she explained all the different regions of Scotch whiskies and the best way to drink whiskey to really get a taste for all the different flavours and notes in it. There was a family on the tour with us, and I really liked that they gave the children irn-bru instead of whiskey shots. I recommend getting the gold tickets as you get to try 5 different whiskies instead of just one and if you try the Campbell town whiskey first, you can try all the different regions in the bar later. Highly recommend for any whiskey lover or novice
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Madelyn P
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to whisky!
    I’ve never had Scotch whisky before, but this was a really great way to enjoy for the first time! We learned about the different whisky regions of Scotland and got to choose our preferred type for the first sampling. We got to try another dram of blended scotch afterwards as well. I did the silver tour and it was well worth it!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
  • mj
    Maryland27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun but leave the kids at home!
    This was great fun! Very informative and well presented. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. All the whiskey was great and being able to taste and share our thoughts with some lovely couples made it a great experience. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is due to the fact they allow small children on the tour! This is not a place for kids, especially noisy and whiny toddlers. Beyond that, I would highly recommend scheduling a tour and enjoy some of Scotland’s best.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Amy W
    Leeds, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience!
    My husband and I had a fantastic time on our Platinum tour! Our guide, Kev, was incredibly knowledgable, passionate and funny - he really made our experience! We learnt a lot about the making of Scotch whiskeys and how to properly taste them too. The collection of unopened whiskeys was really interesting. I would absolutely recommend the experience if visiting Edinburgh!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Lee20XI
    Blackpool, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scottish whisky experience
    Really interesting and a nice visual experience, lots of knowledge gained about the different regions to be able to take forward into the future. Zach was excellent with the group and answered all questions asked. Had the gold tour with a good selection of whiskys provided.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Beth M
    Sheffield, United Kingdom71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab for a whiskey lover!
    My husband really likes whiskey so we decided to go on a whiskey tour! Our tour guide Jim was amazing and a lovely guy to chat to! His whitty humour really kept us interested (and at times I have a short attention span!) each individual room was excellently themed and we even loved the extras! Even under 18s got some Irn bru! All in all it’s a great experience:)
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Vladimír J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place, nice staff and magnificent liquid. A must see for every whisky lover.
    Great presentation that connects beautiful visual and very informative content. Our guide Corin was kind and well informed, glad to answer any question. The"vault" - one of the greatest whisky collection was spectacular to see and the best place to enjoy the glass of whisky. Easy 5/5.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
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Samuel B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience. Loved the history and the use of senses. Would recommend.

Only issuse wanted to try more at the end haha.
Written April 13, 2024
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chocolatechip100
London, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went with the silver package, which included 1 sample of whisky.

The tour was really enjoyable with lots of interesting facts and clever use of technology to bring the tour to life. Marnie was our guide and she was great. I hadn't read any reviews before booking so we were pleasantly surprised and had no idea what to expect. It was a nice touch receiving the free glass at the end of the tour.

Written April 12, 2024
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Steve K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a great time! Shannen E. was our guide and she was very knowledgeable, personable and presented the information in a casual, fun manor. I have had a little experience learning about the different regions, this tour tied the loose ends for me and provided a guided tasting that allowed immediate comparison and experience if the varied approaches to distilling scotch. Highly recommend!
Written April 11, 2024
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Paul F
London, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Jackson was a brilliant tour guide. So entertaining and incredible energy throughout. The tour itself was amazing. So much detail about the making of whisky. The tasting itself was where Jackson excelled further. His patience in explaining every different whisky meant the tasting experience was paced perfectly.

Full marks for an amazing visit!
Written April 11, 2024
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MrsHodor
Peterborough, UK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gold tour: well worth it.

I really enjoyed this. So did my partner. I'm not really a whiskey drinker and thought it was an essential part of visiting Scotland. The tour was really well presented, with plenty of whiskey and good seating for all of the group. The group was a tad large, but it was not that much of a problem when everyone is encouraged to scootch up!

My favourite bit was the collection of whiskey. Sounds a bit odd, but there were loads of interesting bottles. I liked the one shaped like an eagle.

I thought the gift shop was excellent too - it's exactly what you'd imagine. Loads of different whiskey-themed products, with a small discount if you did the tour. We were able to buy some of the whiskey that we learned we liked on the tour. If anyone was worried, other than exit through the gift shop, there was no pressure at all to buy anything outside of the tour, or give tips.

I was curious and read some of the one star reviews to see if I could offer a fair and/or balanced comment on anything raised.
1. The price is worth it, especially when you consider how much whiskey actually costs.
2. The tour is good quality and the information IS interesting.
3. It doesn't matter if the tour sounds scripted - it's excellent!
4. If you are an idiot who books for the wrong day or can't make the tour, that's your own fault. Don't blame the company for that. If you book on TripAdvisor and turn up with your barcode, you're good to go.

The only point of improvement I could think of was kids: you shouldn't really be allowed to bring kids on a whiskey-tasting tour. It's not really in the SPIRIT (sorry) or the event.

That said, still 10/10, would completely recommend if you're visiting Edinburgh.
Written April 9, 2024
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himaris
London, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Went in with no whiskey knowledge and came out with a new appreciation for the drink. We booked tickets for the silver tour, which I felt was well worth the money as it includes 5 drink samples & keepsake whiskey glass. Good group size, well-timed, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, and I recommend it to all tourists especially those not from the UK!

It was a very unique tour employing all senses and using some very impressive audio-visual aspects. I felt engaged throughout and thought the exhibits were well looked after. Commendations especially to our guide, Alexis (Canadian lady), who was so peppy, knowledgeable and friendly, even after a long day of tours and her voice was starting to give out.

Great way to spend a couple hours in Edinburgh :)
Written April 7, 2024
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Harriet G
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great experience. Our tour guide Shannen was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, she made us all feel very welcome and was wonderful in her delivery and explanations throughout. Although not a traditional distillery, this tour is a fantastic introduction to Whisky - especially for those new to the subject. We especially enjoyed looking at the vaults! The visuals and interactive elements were also really well done, the information was clear and well explained. We did the Gold tour and I would say it was well worth the money - rhe tasting itself allowed us to take our time and experience Whisky’s from different regions.

Overall, we really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend!
Written April 7, 2024
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tim warner
Williamsburg, VA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Entertainment, informative, and overall a great experience. It was recommended to me and we are recommending it to you. Worth it.
Written April 4, 2024
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Tracey
Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the best things we did on our recent trip to Scotland. We did the Gold tour, our guide Genny explained everything really well & had a great personality which made the whole experience very enjoyable.
Written April 4, 2024
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emelizabeth85
Milwaukee, WI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to take the tour after we visited the Edinburgh Castle (it’s located just near the entrance). We didn’t know much about whiskey, but our lovely tour guide Jackson (along with the elaborate visuals) taught us the basics of the entire process. Even if you skip the tour, they have a great selection of whiskey in their shop.
Written April 3, 2024
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