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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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The Scotch Whisky Experience , The Royal Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK

Conveniently located in the heart of Edinburgh's old town and world heritage site, adjacent to Edinburgh Castle. For additional access information and our Access Guide please see our main website or telephone.

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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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.
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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
See all safety measures taken by The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky.
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky.
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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
See all safety measures taken by The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky.
Q:
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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  • "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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Scotch Whisky Experience
Sherryl_H
, Dec 2021
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I especially appreciated the COVID safety protocols that were observed. The whisky tasting was great.
star-5
Tasty drinks in Edinburgh
LuciaD_N
, Oct 2021
Really enjoyed learning about the different regions of Scotland, and how they contribute to the unique taste of Scotch whiskey. An added plus was getting to taste a variety of scotch whiskeys!
star-5
Value for the money
Vivienne_A
, Oct 2021
Absolutely loved this experience. So informative and fun. Bright and airy building. Guide very helpful and kind.
star-5
Fun and entertaining!
Elina_K
, Sep 2021
As a whisky drinker but in no way an expert - after this tour, I am feeling pretty confident about my whisky knowledge! Fun and entertaining! Very interesting concept, with a presentation and tasting! Also, the collection is pretty impressive! Recommend!
star-5
Good experience
Kyle_M
, Sep 2021
Great collection, introduction and guide. I think it was Ian, informative, friendly and helpful. Didn’t know what to expect but it was good fun and worth doing. Would recommend.
star-4
The tunnel was the best...
tania_t
, Sep 2021
The tunnel was the best but also our guide was very professional. We learned so much about the different areas where whiskey is made.
star-5
What a presentation....
Lahiru_P
, Sep 2021
What a presentation. Would recommend to anybody. They have given us a little present as well , worth for money,,
star-4
Whisky tour
Marc_W
, Aug 2021
Very informative and with the modern technology helped the experience more enjoyable ,would recommend to any whisky drinkers
star-5
Excellent value for money
Stephen_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.
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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