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The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky

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icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 12 more
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Overview

Designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the world of whisky, this guided tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is the ideal choice for travelers wanting to learn more about Scotland’s national drink. Take a whisky barrel ride through a replica distillery, view the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, enjoy a guided tasting session, and take home a souvenir of a crystal whisky glass. This tour is also a fun and suitable expereince for travelers aged under 18.
  • Guided tour of the Scotch Whisky Expereince in Edinburgh
  • Ideal for first-time whisky drinkers looking for an introduction to Scotland's national drink
  • Take a ride through a replica distillery in a whisky barrel and enjoy a guided tasting session
  • View the world's largest collection of whisky and take home a crystal whisky glass as a souvenir
  • A family-friendly experience suitable for travelers under 18
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Beverages
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Professional guide and escort/host
Alcoholic Beverages
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

The Royal Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK

Departure Time

12:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Arrive at the entrance of the Scotch Whisky Experience, located right beside the Edinburgh Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your experience begins with a whisky barrel ride through a replica of the Scotch whisky distillery, during which the production processes for Scotch whisky are revealed.

Then, a whisky expert introduces you to the different aromas of whiskies before offering you a taste of your preferred whisky. Visitors aged under 18 can sample Irn Bru, a famous Scottish soft drink.

After viewing the world’s largest collection of Scotch whiskey, receive a crystal whisky tumbler to memorialize your visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience.
Itinerary
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The Scotch Whisky Experience
Start in late morning in the heart of Edinburgh's world heritage site, right next to Edinburgh Castle. A guided whisky tour plus a nosing and tasting of a Scotch whisky (or soft drink) at the old town's Scotch Whisky Experience. This 10am tour includes: • Whisky barrel ride through a replica distillery discovering the secrets of the production of single malt Scotch whisky • Introduction to the aromas in whisky and the five whisky producing regions • Your selected dram of Scotch whisky, or Irn Bru for those under 18 years of age • Viewing of the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky • Gift of crystal whisky tasting glass (adults and concessions only) • Audio guide available (20 languages)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • The Tour is at 12:15pm. Temporary Covid measure: we may have to offer you a slightly later tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Scotch Whisky Experience

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky.
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What is the maximum group size during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky.

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  • "Not expensive and the tasting at the end was amazing!" See review
  • "If you are looking to experience a real distillery, this is not the place to go." See review

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Excellent value for money
Stevie-p
, Jul 2021
I am a whisky enthusiast and thought I had a depth of knowledge until I met Heather our tour guide. Heather's wealth of knowledge and experience made this tour very enjoyable indeed. I only wish now that we had booked the Gold tour to gain more knowledge of the Whisky tasting experience. Special thanks to Heather after discovering that myself and my wife were on honeymoon she went the extra mile in making us feel more welcome.
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star-5
Very enjoyable
Jacob_S
, Oct 2020
The scotch collection was very impressive and staff knowledge on it was superb. Throughout tour Stuart was enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable. He made our experience one to remember!
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Great fun
Caroline_F
, Sep 2020
Really enjoyed this trip. Guide was very informative and passionate. Good location. Liked the barrel ride which was different to what we have done before.
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Good option if you are with children
HO1964
, Aug 2019
If you are looking to experience a real distillery, this is not the place to go. It's well done, but it's for children.
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Fun but slow
BrandiyM
, Jun 2019
We went thinking it would be a little more fast paced, there was alot of waiting for other slower people to get around to coming in then there was too many people to fit around the tasting table so of course that took time. Small children running around, it just wasn't a very pleasant experience.
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star-5
Awesome!!!
Freedom04391682095
, Jun 2019
WOW, love whisky, you have to take this tour. We got our money's worth. Not expensive and the tasting at the end was amazing! We truly enjoyed this wonderful tour of different types of whisky and how it is made. My husband loved every moment.
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Awesome
Escape62971574380
, Apr 2019
My boyfriend and I went went we were backpacking through Edinburgh. It was truly an amazing tour. It was a 1 minute walk from our hostel - Castle Rock which was an added bonus.
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star-5
This tour is really good! Very...
Rico
, Aug 2018
This tour is really good! Very informative and well outlined. There is like a train-ride with animation that presents a small introduction about the production of whisky. After that, a tour guide will gather everyone in a room and present more things and eventually the guide gives the whisky for tasting. I booked the silver tour and eventually wished I had booked to the gold one instead. I highly recommend this tour, book the gold tour!
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Interesting to learn about different...
Lisa C
, Apr 2018
Interesting to learn about different types of Scotch. Very interactive!
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The tour was the right blend of fun...
Lisa C
, Jan 2018
The tour was the right blend of fun and fact. The whole facility is very well done. Staff was knowledgeable and interesting!
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