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Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

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Enjoy a guided tour and tasting of Scotch whisky at The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. Take a ride in the whisky barrel car ride, and learn the history of Scotch whisky.

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Duration 50 - 75 minutes
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Audio guide included
Swedish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Scots Gaelic
Wheelchair accessible
Small group available


  • Take a whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky
  • Discover the aromas in Scotch whisky
  • Enjoy a tutored dram experience in the world’s largest Scotch whisky collection
Full description

Take a guided whisky tour and learn the story of Scotland’s most famous product. Visit the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, with almost 3,500 individual bottles. Begin the tour with the whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. Then enjoy a sensory journey of Scotland, including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas. Next, taste Scotch whisky and see the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). Take home your crystal tasting glass as a souvenir. When you select the Gold Tour option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts while relaxing in the McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur.

  • Fully guided tour in English with audio guides available in 20 different languages
  • 1 whisky tasting or soft drink option
  • Gift of a crystal tasting glass for visitors over 18 years of age
  • Tasting tray of 4 single malt Scotch whiskies (if Gold Tour option is selected)
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The Scotch Whisky Experience is located at the top of The Royal Mile, beside Edinburgh Castle. The closest car parking facility is the NCP car park on Castle Terrace.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Video recording
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 516 reviews

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    This was a good experience. The first part is sort of like the Harry Potter castle ride at Universal (you sit in a device and it steers you around while you look/listen). The sound could've been turned up a bit though since it was a little hard to hear in some parts. I do wish we had been able to go into a distillery and seen everything vs being shown a video to watch. The tasting experience was good too. We did the gold so we could try the 4 different flavors. Wish I had kept the little card because you could have used it to get a discount in the shop (only within 24 hours though).

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    June 6, 2022

    This was fantastic…started off with a bit of fun and information with the barrel ride and then went into the emotional and information packed video and discussion on the different Whiskey distilleries around Scotland. Gregor had great passion for the topic and his country and this comes through. You get emotional listening to him and watching the brilliant video highlighting areas all across Scotland. Would highly recommend…even our teenager enjoyed it!

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    April 16, 2022

    This was an amazing experience we learnt so much about the history of whiskey and saw the amazing collection of unopened whiskey in the vault which was phenomenal! The tour guide was fantastic and really knew what he was talking about even helping us choose a new whiskey to buy in the shop when we told him what we would normally choose. Highly recommend you won’t be disappointed

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    March 19, 2022

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