Whisky & Distilleries

what to do in edinburgh - whisky distilleryThe Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre

Standing close to Edinburgh Castle at the top of the historic Royal Mile, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions devoted to telling the story of Scotland’s most famous product: Scotch Whisky. The entire tour can be conducted in eight different languages and tailored to suit the individual, or a group.

The Centre is next to Edinburgh Castle. The car park in Castle Terrace is a 7 minute walk, Waverley Railway Station 10 minutes and the Bus Station 15 minutes. Located on several public bus routes.
Open 7 days 10.00-17.30. Extended hours in Summer Season. Closed Christmas Day. A visit takes approximately one hour. There is an admission charge. Group bookings and school parties welcome. Please enquire about special party rates. Restaurant and Bar open daily to visitors and the public.

For more information visit www.whisky-heritage.co.uk

Glencoyne Distillery

Glencoyne is Scotland’s unpeated malt whisky, made using traditional methods to allow a full appreciation of all the subtleties of this unique malt. All tours start on the hour. Tutored nosing sessions available Wednesday 19.00hrs (booking essential). Situated 15 miles North of Glasgow. Tel (01360) 550254

The Glenkinchie

A warm welcome awaits you at the home of the ‘Edinburgh Malt’. Learn the secrets of the distillers craft on a guided tour and sample the finished product. Located near Pencaitland. Open all year round. Tel. (01875) 342004

The Glenturret

Enjoy a tour through Scotland’s oldest distillery, followed by The Water of Life Audio-Visual Presentation and the Spirit of the Glen Exhibition. The Smugglers Restaurant, Pagoda Room and Kiln Room offer excellent Scottish fare in a unique setting, with the overlooking the restaurant terrace overlooking the Turret Burn.
The Glenturret shop sells the complete range of The Glenturret whiskies and liqueurs and quality gifts. Whisky Tasting Bar -Taste older whiskies and The Glenturret Original Malt Liqueur. www.glenturret.com

Open March to December: Monday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last tour 4.30 p.m.) Sundays from 12.00 noon. JANUARY (‘Silent’ Month) FREE Guided Tour Monday to Friday 11.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Iast tour 2.30 p.m.) Tel. (01764) 656565

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

A private club for anyone who enjoys good malt whisky. Private tastings available by arrangement. The vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith. Tel. (0131) 554 3451 For further information www.smws.com

The Malt Whisky Trail

The Malt Whisky Trail lies by the River Spey among the northern foothills of the Grampians. Eight of the distilleries, and one cooperage, invite you to tour the premises and find out about the process.

TheEdinburgh Malt Whisky Tour

Self -acclaimed oldest and largest non-commercial Malt Whisky site. Here you will find descriptions, historical notes and pictures, statistics and tasting notes relating to all Scotland’s distilleries. Edinburgh Malt Whisky Tour

Caledonian Brewery Visitor Centre

Founded in 1869, the Brewery uniquely preserves Edinburgh’s brewing heritage and traditions. Sampling of traditional ales included. For further information call (0131) 623 8066 or visit www.caledonian-brewery.co.uk