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

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  • 50 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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. Learn about Scotland's whisky-producing regions and how the weather affects the flavor of your drink as well as the art of blending. View one of the world’s largest Scotch whisky collections and enjoy a guided tasting session.
  • Guided tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh
  • Ideal for first-time whisky drinkers looking for an introduction to Scotland's national drink
  • A family-friendly experience suitable for travelers under 18

What's Included

  • Dram of Scotch whisky
  • Audio-guides in 20 languages
  • Expert whisky guide
  • Crystal Whisky Glass souvenir

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • The Scotch Whisky Experience
      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.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Arrive at the entrance of the Scotch Whisky Experience, located right beside Edinburgh Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your experience begins with a journey 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 one of the world’s largest collections of Scotch whisky, receive a crystal whisky tumbler as a souvenir of your visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience.

    The Scotch Whisky Experience

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Stroller accessible
    • ASL and BSL devices available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • We're removing our barrel ride at the beginning of January 2023
    • For customers wanting to amend a Sunday booking, please cancel and rebook your ticket as you may not receive a response to your amendment in time
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    Traveler Tips

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


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    Great Your!
    Michelle_D, Sep 2023
    The entire tour was fun and informational!! The tour guide was great!!! I rotor would recommend this tour to my friends and family!
    Whiskey Experience
    Carlos_A, Sep 2023
    Good presentation, well explained, description and building . Also sample tasting . Several and questions and answers
    A little disappointed tour
    Kari_M, Sep 2023
    The information was wonderful and very informative but we only tried two whiskeys. I thought we would at least try 4. Didn’t realize that you had to pay a lot more in order to try more. Was wanting to find a good Scottish whiskey.
    Great experience
    reynelynmirabel22, Sep 2023
    Wonderful experience one of a kind and staffs are great too don’t forget to book this experience thank you so much
    Good tour but very touristy!
    Jennifer_D, Sep 2023
    Good tour but very commercial. Excellent to see the extensive scotch collection! Worth participating but not as wonderful as a private distillery tour that includes the whole process of the making of scotch and is more personalized.
    Fantastic Experience
    Dale_B, Sep 2023
    Corin was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Fantastic experience, we will recommend this to all of our friends.
    Informative, entertaining
    Rosemary_M, Sep 2023
    Jackson was an awesome guide, full of knowledge ,stories and delivered with humour. Loved the visuals which added to our knowledge of whiskey.
    Whiskey tasting is...
    Sally_H, Aug 2023
    Whiskey tasting is similar to wine tasting. There so much to learn and this is a great way for us to get started. A wealth of information.
    Which do you like best? Find out?
    Karin_W, Aug 2023
    Excellent opportunity to learn about the differences between the regional scotch whiskies, as well as sample!
    About the good old whiskey from Scotland
    Goutam_R, Aug 2023
    Good experience got to learn about the 5 different regions and their flavours . If one likes whiskey it’s good to know about the spirit that you are consuming. We tend to buy a few brands and continue to do so, this tour helps you in appreciating the other good whiskey’s too. Useful
    Great Scotch Experience
    esthompson, Aug 2023
    Great scotch tasting experience. The bartenders Kev and Jim were fabulous. and knowledgeable bartenders. Alec, the manager, was very helpful. Lots of scotch bottles to see. Bought 2 bottles in the amazing store of unique scotches that we tasted and were recommended by Kev. Would do it all day!
    Enjoyable Experience
    Kathleen_E, Aug 2023
    I enjoy this tour. It covered a lot of information about whiskey that I didn't know. I loved the interactive experience with the scratch and sniff cards to find which type of whiskey I would prefer. They did a very good job putting together a informative experience tour.
    Changes from a few years ago...
    steve_j, Aug 2023
    The whisky collection room was amazing collection. The narrator guide was good but felt rushed. Pours were very small. Nothing memorable.
    Medieval setting, gorgeous but hard for a disabled person.
    Etsuko_C, Aug 2023
    The location of building was great ! Right in the middle of all the festivals are going , on the foothill of the Edinburgh castle. Castle Hill rd is closed for cars during summer festival. So, if you take a taxi there, you have to get out 2 blocks away and walk up to the whisky building. If you like walking , there are so many activities going , you will enjoy even after the whisky tour. On the other hand, person like my husband who couldn't walk 2 blocks uphill, it was impossible to get to the place. (he ended up not taking the tour ) Only I joined the tour. It was interesting.
    The tour is just 35 min...
    Pablo_E, Aug 2023
    The tour is just 35 min and we only tasted 1 kind of whisky, quite poor really . The place is nice and the collection collection.
    Kurt_W, Aug 2023
    None, not worth visiting. Just talk about the superiority of their whiskey and no demonstration of procedures.
    History of the Nectar
    Gary_T, Aug 2023
    Lucy was an Excellent tour guide, friendly and very knowledgeable on the subject. Enjoyed the whiskey tasters. Shame that the little tram/train was stopped in January due to safety Iwas looking forward to a ride
    Must do when in Edinburgh!
    Kathleen_E, Jul 2023
    If you are new to whiskey or an experienced drinker, there is something for everyone. Fun and informative. Don't miss!
    Very enjoyable
    Nancy_C, Jul 2023
    Very nice presentations. A great tour, especially for those who aren’t familiar with Scotch Whisky . The collection of scotch they have was incredible
    Insightful and Informative
    Babita_N, Jul 2023
    My son and husband went on this Whisky Experience and found it very informative and insightful. They said that the information shared during this experience refined the way that they think and drink whisky today. It definitely worth the money that was spent as the people who are there on this experience are well-educated and have a lot of understanding Whisky.

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