Edinburgh Whisky Tour

Plan your whisky tour of Edinburgh and nearby distilleries with our area description and ideas of whisky related places to visit. You can find an Edinburgh Whisky Tour Map at the foot of the page.

Edinburgh is the starting point for many Scottish trips and tours. It’s a place with so much history and home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. These include Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament which you might want to include in your Edinburgh tour itinerary.

There are many whisky pubs and specialist whisky shops in Edinburgh. However, although Edinburgh is important in the history of Scotch Whisky, there is only one active distillery with a visitor centre and that’s Holyrood Distillery.

Holyrood Distillery sits near foot of Arthur’s seat, an extinct volcano which looks over the city. It’s a place where many locals take a walk or exercise.

The Royal Mile is a medieval street which has the Place of Holyrood and Scottish Parliament at one end. It rises up a to Edinburgh Castle which dominates the skyline.

Although not a distillery, you will find the Scotch Whisky Experience beside Edinburgh Castle. This is one of the most visited attractions in Edinburgh with a variety of whisky themed tours. The bar offers a very wide range of scotch whisky with knowledgeable bar staff on hand. The Amber restaurant offers a range of Scottish dishes.

The new Johnnie Walker Experience is due to open on Princes Street near the Scott Monument. Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh. On the other side you’ll find Princes Street gardens.

Whisky Bus tours depart from Edinburgh to places like Islay, the Highlands and Speyside.

About 16 miles to the south is Glenkinchie Distillery in Pencaitland. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment.

How to get to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is well connected by rail, with Waverley Station right in the centre of Edinburgh. The main bus station is nearby.

It’s a fairly easy place to walk around and there are trams, buses and taxis. Driving is more challenging, in particular parking is an issue.

Edinburgh Airport is west of Edinburgh and there are very good connections via tram and bus to the city centre.

Edinburgh Whisky Map

Where next?

The City of Edinburgh is often the starting point for tours of Scotland including whisky themed experiences.

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