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Taste Original Scottish Whisky

Taste Original Scottish Whisky

It’s one thing to drink a glass of Scotch, but it’s another thing entirely to sip that wee dram on a whisky tasting tour of Scotland. Here are the best ways to experience Scotch whisky—literally the “water of life”—on an excursion from Edinburgh.

Full-Day Tours

On a full-day whisky tasting tour from Edinburgh you’ll have enough time to experience two Scottish whisky distilleries. You’ll get introduced to the beauty of the Scottish countryside while traveling to the distilleries, then sip samples of barrel-aged Scotch and learn about the distilling process (you may even get the chance to sample Scotch directly out of the cask). Day trips typically include a stop at a local pub for lunch, as well as some time visiting cathedrals, waterfalls, or national parks.

Multi-Day Tours

To really experience Scotland’s whisky regions, consider a multi-day whisky tasting tour of Speyside or the island of Islay. Along the way you’ll visit six to eight distilleries and taste several types of Scotch. These longer tours enable you to immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Scotland’s most famous drink (the first written record of Scotch whisky dates to the late 1400s) and to experience some of the area’s top sights before eventually heading back to Edinburgh.

Things to Know

  • A glass of Scotch whisky is known as a dram.

  • Scotland’s five main whisky regions are the Highlands, the Lowlands, Speyside, Campbeltown, and the island of Islay. The outer islands—including Skye and Orkney—are considered a subregion of the greater Highlands region.

  • Scotch whisky is either single malt, single grain, or a combination of blends. All Scotch must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. 

  • The standards for production and labeling of Scotch are highly regulated.

  • Day trips typically last a little over eight hours.

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Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Treat yourself to a day of whisky appreciation on a full-day tasting trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Lowlands to a historic whisky-producing region, and visit Glengoyne Distillery and Deanston Distillery for informative tasting sessions and tours. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, view warehouses stocked with aged casks and marvel at the quiet beauty of Loch Lomond.
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  • 9 hours
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4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Indulge in natural wonders, charming locales, and fine whiskies on a 4-day small-group tour of Isle of Islay. Travel to the Scottish Hebrides, where jagged peaks and white sand beaches set the stage for a centuries-old whisky-making tradition. Spend four days exploring the remote archipelago and visiting up to six distilleries such as Laphroaig and Ardbeg, and enjoy three evenings of relaxation at the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages.
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3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Indulge in the cultivated goodness of fine whisky on a 3-day small-group tour of Speyside. Wind through scenic Cairngorm National Park in Scotland’s main whisky-producing region to visit at least four renowned distilleries including Glenlivet and Dalwhinnie. Enjoy tastings and travel by day, and comfortable accommodation in Grantown by night.
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you can spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch, and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.
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Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Appreciate the splendor of Scotland on a full-day whisky and waterfalls trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit the Glenturret Distillery for a tour, whisky sampling and lunch (all payable on site). Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, then cap off your tour at Hermitage forest and the village of Dunkeld.
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