Guided tour

The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

From US$ 23.37 per person

Enjoy a guided tour, plus a nosing and tasting of a Scotch whisky or a soft drink, in The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. Take a ride in the whisky barrel car ride, learn the history of Scotch whisky, and take home your own tasting glass.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 50 - 75 minutes
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Swedish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Scots Gaelic
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  • Take a whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky
  • Discover the aromas in Scotch Whisky
  • Enjoy a tutored dram experience in world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky
Full description
This guided whisky tour tells the story of Scotland’s most famous product. A highlight of these tours is the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles. This tour starts with the Whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. This is followed by a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas. Next, enjoy a tutored appreciation of Scotch whisky along with a viewing of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). The gift of a crystal tasting glass is included with this tour. If you select the gold tour option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts whilst relaxing in the beautiful McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur, and compare the regions to find your perfect dram.
  • 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
  • A tasting tray of 4 single malt Scotch whiskys (only available with the Gold Tour option)
    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

    Scotch Whisky Experience, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Video recording

    Know before you go

    • 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
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 317 reviews

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    Overall it was a fun activity if you're curious about scotch and how it's made. The whisky collection was the highlight of the tour for me, absolutely incredible to see all those bottles. You also get to keep the whisky glass used for the tasting, which is a nice touch. Guide was fun and knowledgeable, seemed like he knew his stuff. The only thing that would have made the experience even better would have been a bit more time to admire the whisky collection.

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    September 29, 2021

    A really good tour in a very nice facility. The guide and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We arrived early and they checked us in and a place to sit until the proper time. Sampling the "wares" at the end was nice too. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

    July 30, 2021

    Absolutely loved the experience!!! Lucy our tour guide has definitely made sure of that . The way in which she delivers her speech and her passion and knowledge about whiskey and Edinburgh 100% added to the experience. Absolutely recommend…and will be back soon…give Lucy a raise or a promotion she deserves it !!!

    July 3, 2021

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