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The Scotch Whisky Experience


The Scotch Whisky Experience14.5
barrel ride • scotch whisky • gold tour • tasting room

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  • Photo of Jeroen Koolen
    a year ago
  • Photo of TeG85
    5 months ago
    The barrel ride is a little cheesy and not real good info. The live tasting with explanations was very good. Thank you Michael for an enjoyable educational experience.
  • Photo of trn81
    5 months ago
    We did this tour today and I enjoyed it very much. It is kind of expensive at £36 but it is worth it. The ride broke down while we were on their tour which was a little awkward.
  • Photo of mmers05
    5 months ago
    I am not a scotch drinker but when in Scotland? My daughter and I had booked the gold tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. She even bought a bottle to take home to Canada (I bought a 3 pack sample size of scotch for my husband). Our tour guide Eion (I hope I spelled his name correctly) was wonderful. Great way to 'discover' scotch!
  • Photo of HawkOne
    5 months ago
    I'm not a scotch drinker, but I must say, it was a very enjoyable and FUN tour. It keeps you moving starting with the barrel ride, understanding how different parts of Scotland produces different tasting scotch, and ending with a scotch tasting. This tour has converted me to give scotch a chance! A tip for anyone who might not be a scotch enthusiast (like me), I'd recommend sticking with the silver tour. My boyfriend (the scotch lover) and I both got the gold tour, thinking we could choose our own additional four scotch to sample at the end. Turns out, they pre-select it for you. If you get the silver tour, you can always order at the bar your own scotch of choice for sampling.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    The Gold tour is recommended instead of the Silver, as you will get to taste 4 different whiskies for the additional 10 pounds.
  • Photo of Jean H
    5 months ago
    I’m not much of a whisky drinker but went for the platinum tour as the tour promised the opportunity to try different types of whiskies from different regions. It did not disappoint. It starts with a (somewhat cheesy) barrel ride about how whisky is made, and then we proceeded to a separate room for tasting. I learned a lot from the tour and enjoyed the 6 different whiskies offered for comparison. I think this would be the tour to go for to learn about whisky.
  • Photo of Craig G
    5 months ago
    Went here on 26th September. I have never been a whiskey drinker but did enjoy the whole story of the history of Scottish whiskey, its origins and how it was made. The collection of whiskey is impressive and certainly worth the money paid to view it. Along with receiving the free glass of your choice of whiskey you also get to keep the glass afterwards. Definitely the most value for money attraction outside of the castle
  • Photo of Elizabeth H
    5 months ago
    You do learn a lot about the various whisky regions and how each one is made, but the tour itself didn't really keep me engaged. The room at the very end with the world's largest collection was neat, though. You get to taste a few different kinds, which you should definitely do in Scotland. Definitely go to a distillery outside of Edinburgh to get a better experience. This tour will help you figure out which type you like.
  • Photo of Michelle S
    5 months ago
    Heather was fantastic! I learned so much about the whiskey making process, got a fantastic gift bag (surprise!) and she told us great stories! It was "tasty" and so much fun!
  • Photo of MusicMan3210
    5 months ago
    Near to the Castle, and across from Camera Obscura, advertised as a ride in a Scotch barrel and tasting, I thought this would be a tourist trap. But it turned out to be a lot of fun. The ride was a little hokey. But there was a good explanation of the malt Scotch-making history and process. And what they claim is the largest Scotch collection in the world of over 3000 different bottles. We signed up for the Gold tour which allows you to have a guided tasting of five different malts.
  • Photo of zenaibyousaf
    5 months ago
    I don't drink however enjoyed this trip with my friends. The tour was interesting and learnt about whiskeys and their origin. A good visit.
  • Photo of Lonnie S
    5 months ago
    Really enjoyed the tour and whisky tasting. Heather R was our tour guide. She was knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a lot about how Scotch Whisky is made and what makes them all taste different. This is a must do when in Edinburgh.
  • Photo of lhamilt77
    5 months ago
    My hubby is the the one who likes whisky, so I booked the masterclass/tour for his benefit and tagged along. Our guide was Michael, who is a wealth of knowledge and a true whisky aficionado! We both learned so much about how whisky is made, the types, the regions, and enjoyed the museum and shop. The masterclass also included a tasting. I still was not a fan, so we we went to the bar afterwards, and another person in our class made a recommendation to me for a sweeter/liqueur whisky, Drambuie - success! We even went on the whisky barrel ride. The hubby scoffed at it, but I thought it was a nice touch for those who are either "big kids" :-) or families that have the little ones in tow.
  • Photo of jayne c
    5 months ago
    This was a brilliant experience. We booked on the silver tour, 1 taste at the end. That was enough for us. Our guide, Finley, was brilliant. Very informative, funny, and a wonderful guide. This is really worth doing.
  • Photo of Susan A
    5 months ago
    Great experience definitely worth going to. Amazing collection of Whisky. We went before going to the Tattoo and it was a very interesting trip.
  • Photo of ravensoak
    5 months ago
    As a whisky lover this was always going to be a win/win attraction for me. The ride was unexpected but a wonderful touch, and educational. I was surprised how family friendly it is. The Whisky collection is amazing. If possible I recommend the gold and platinum passes, trying the various Whisky types is excellent and the server is very knowledgeable. Our little girl was made to feel very welcome. Paula in the retail area is a genius and knows everything worth knowing.
  • Photo of Erik S
    5 months ago
    I'm not a whisky fan at all, or so I thought before taking part in the "Silver Tour". The 50-minute tour including a whisky tasting is not really a "hands-on" experience, but they managed to make it really exciting to learn about the differences of the Scotch Single Malts (through videos, audio, a "train" ride, smelling and tasting). We were able to smell the five general types of Scotch and then went on to taste on of the single malts of our choice. We got to take the glass home as a souvenir. That is just the cheapest tour, though. You have other options to choose from, which may include more! I'm still not a whisky fan after this tour, but I learned a lot about it and I'm sure this tour will be one of the things from my vacation that I'll remember for a very long time.
  • Photo of garycallow
    5 months ago
    I work within the industry and was unsure about visiting. However, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it. Loved the room with the floor to ceiling glass cabinets filled with bottles of every whisky you had ever heard of including some rare and vintage single malts.
  • Photo of Alison W
    5 months ago
    Booked the gold tour for myself(fussy mostly t totaler) and the husband(keen whiskey drinker). Both really enjoyed the tour, hubby loved the tasting, me not so much. The staff in the whisky bar were very helpful trying to find a drink for me. Most be the only person ever to go to the whisky bar and not want a whisky ! Great tour. Definitely worth it.
  • Photo of Wandering-not-lost2
    I was given the taste of Scotland tour as a gift and what a great gift. I am a relative newbie to whisky with only a few years under my belt so learning how to use all the senses to taste whisky and about the different whisky regions of Scotland was a great experience. The room with the collection of whiskies is phenomenal to see (but you can't drink them sorry). The whole tour is very well done and the tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The taste of Scotland tour runs once a day at 5.45pm and I booked a few weeks in advance to get a spot. It does all the same things as the platinum tour plus a 3 course dinner at the end with samplers of different Scottish dishes. The waiter talked us through what we were eating. Very tasty food and 5 very tasty whiskies. I needed to walk by myself to my hotel afterwards so wanted to have my wits about me so I didn't finish 2 of the drams. What a shame!

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