Guests from all over the world are always keen to sample Scotland's famous whiskies during their stay, and Edinburgh plays host to a fantastic variety of whisky shops and experiences.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience offers sensational whisky journey for all tastes. Take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky making process. Along the way you'll hear the stories behind this magical craft, with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way. The Scotch Whisky experts will help you discover the aromas and flavours that appeal to your palate and lead you to your perfect Single Malt Whisky.
Royal Mile Whiskies
Royal Mile Whiskies was set up as a specialist malt whisky retailer, based on Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile. An independent, Scottish-owned shop, Royal Mile Whiskies specialises in single malt scotch whisky, offering a comprehensive selection of hard-to-find Scotch whiskies as well as Irish, American and Japanese brands, not to mention bourbons, cigars, rum and other fine and rare spirits.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
As a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, you can discover the very best single cask, single malt whisky available to in the world. Capturing rarity and perfection in a glass, the Society's single malt whisky attracts curious and discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the globe. Only ever bottled from a single cask and selected from a range of over 120 whisky distilleries, every Society whisky bottling is exceptional. The world's premier destination for the true malt whisky lover.
Glenkinchie Distillery (19 miles)
A visit to Glenkinchie - the home of The Edinburgh Malt - involves a short and pleasant drive from the City centre into the rolling farmland of East Lothian. Here you can see a working distillery and the making of a Capital Malt in every respect. An exhibition of malt whisky is housed in the listed red brick building which was formerly the floor Maltings. At the bar, visitors can enjoy a taste of the Glenkinchie Single Malt which has a long, warm finish, with a floral and fruity spiciness.
Tullibardine Distillery (50 miles)
Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, where the Highlands of Scotland begin. These hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water. The Distillery draws its water from the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488. Today, Tullibardine (built on the site of the brewery) reigns supreme as a fine malt whisky of majestic qualities and is considered 'Eminently quaffable'.
Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry
World renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland and arguably the most unique, Edradour dates back to 1825. Still in production today, and hidden in the very heart of Perthshire, this picturesque 'little Model Village' is steeped in a history of intrigue to inspire the imagination. A visit is an unforgettably stimulating experience. See whisky being made first hand amidst sights, sounds, smells and most importantly the exquisite tastes you will always remember.
The Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff
Visit Scotland's oldest working distillery where you can enjoy a broad variety of tours and experiences. Discover how The Glenturret Highland Single Malt is produced still using the traditional methods and equipment in the ultimate 'Distillery Experience' or join the 'Blending Experience' to try your hand at being a Master Whisky Blender and create your own unique blend to take home. Above all, as the spiritual home of The Famous Grouse, you can discover the art of blending Scotland's favourite whisky.