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Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

1. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

This guided walking tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s. These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents, and the spirits that are supposed to haunt them. The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches. Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover slightly more paranormal and ghost stories. Step into the torture exhibition and explore how and why these items were used.

Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

2. Edinburgh: Late-Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

Join this late-night guided walking tour in English of Edinburgh to discover the city’s darkest and most frightening experience. Hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. Walk through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions of the population that once lived in these underground rooms. Listen to stories from your guide about murderers who roamed the streets and snatched bodies to sell to medical schools at the time. Then, hear stories of the scratching hauntress who leaves marks on her victims. Witness torture exhibits and learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Finally, go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, and see the infamous stone circle vault, still decorated with pentagrams and spiritual symbols.

Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

3. Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

Take a guided whisky tour and learn the story of Scotland’s most famous product. Visit one of the world’s largest collections of Scotch whisky, with almost 3,500 individual bottles. Begin your tour with the story of the production and maturation process of single malt Scotch whisky. Then enjoy a sensory journey across Scotland, including an introduction to the five Scotch whisky-producing regions and an insight into their unique aromas and characteristics. Next, discover the art of blending, in the Blenders' Sample Room, learning the secrets of how the world-famous blends are created. Enjoy the chance to explore "one of the seven wonders of the Scotch whisky world", the glass vault containing one of the world’s largest collections of Scotch whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). Take home your crystal tasting glass as a souvenir. When you select the Gold Tour option, after enjoying a full guided Silver Tour, you'll then compare and contrast four regional single malts, while relaxing in the McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur.

Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

4. Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

Step inside Edinburgh's 56 North Distillery to sample and discover how award-winning gins are made. Begin by entering Scotland's oldest dedicated gin bar with over 300 gins on the shelf. You will be welcomed with a South Loch Gin and Fever-Tree tonic and introduced to the beautiful copper stills that produce all of the South Loch Gin. Savor your gin and tonic whilst learning all about botanicals, production, bottling, and gin production. Then, sample three gins made at the South Loch Gin distillery with tasting notes and insights into the research and development behind them. Finish off by enjoying a South Loch Gin cocktail made by a dedicated bar team.

Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

5. Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

Embark on an interactive tour of a chocolate factory in Edinburgh and enjoy the chance to taste a variety of flavors.Learn about the process chocolate undergoes to get from a South American cacao tree to a Scottish chocolate bar. Make your own personalized chocolate creations. Step into the Chocolatarium for an immersive experience, perfect for all chocolate lovers. Smell the roasting cacao and see how it is transformed from bitter beans to sweet, smooth chocolate. Immerse yourself in the process by tasting chocolate samples at different stages of production. In the Chocolate Kitchen, choose a bar design, select your favorite flavors, and create your own personalized bar, ready to collect at the end of your tour. While you are waiting for your chocolate bar to cool, take a seat in the Tasting Room. Hear all about Scottish chocolate makers, sample fine single-origin chocolate, have a cup of hot cacao tea, and choose your favorite chocolates to try from rows of chocolate-tasting jars.

Edinburgh: Whisky Tasting with History and Storytelling

6. Edinburgh: Whisky Tasting with History and Storytelling

Enjoy an evening of whisky appreciation on a whisky-tasting experience on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. Taste four single malt scotch whiskies (if the option which includes a tasting is selected) and enjoy storytelling from your guide. If you want to avoid alcohol, you can join the tour and choose to book the option without whisky tastings. Meet your guide on the iconic Royal Mile for a short walk to one of the supplier's outstanding whisky venues. Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskies taken from the 4 major whisky-producing regions of Scotland. Taste whiskies which range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavors of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes of Islay. You will also be given tasting cards giving notes on each of the whiskies that you sample. During the tour, experience some traditional storytelling and explore the significance of whisky to the Scottish identity. The entire upper floor of the venue is reserved, so there is plenty of space and privacy to conduct the story-orientated evening.

Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

7. Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

Enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea with a refreshing gin "pot-tail" (a cocktail in a teapot for larger parties) of your choice, served from the onboard trolley bar on a guided bus tour. Tuck into an afternoon tea consisting of a sandwich, petit fours, cupcake, warm scones, and mini quiches. Depart from Stance ZF on Waterloo Place. Get a warm welcome from the bus staff with a glass of prosecco. Sit back, relax, and indulge your senses whilst taking in magnificent sites of the city like Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building. With this afternoon tour, indulge in 2 traditional British classics – tea and gin – based on the option you choose. If you upgrade to the gin option, get flavored gin cocktails supplied by Edinburgh Gin Company served in teapots with aromatic herbs and topped with dainty edible flowers. Treat your taste buds to traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, mini rolls or wraps, mini quiches, and a selection of petit fours and cakes, all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

8. Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

Discover the best of Edinburgh's night life with this pub crawl to 7 excellent venues in the old town. Avoid the hassle of trying to find the best places by letting your party guide show you around. Take a walk on the wild side with 6 free shots that are specifically selected for you. Wander through various back streets to find the best kept secrets. Party hard with a party professional without worrying about paying a cover charge.

Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

9. Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

Follow in the footsteps of King James IV - said to be the world’s first famous whisky drinker - on a guided tour of the city he granted a whisky manufacturing monopoly to. Learn about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world, and hear how production changed over time. Listen to stories of the locals who embraced the drink with enthusiasm, including George Ballantine on South Bridge and Andrew Usher Jr. at Nicolson Street. Then, taste 4 different Scotch whiskies in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar under the guidance of a whisky specialist. Learn everything you need to know about the water of life, from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements have on the production process. Taste your way through the whisky regions, such as Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries, and take your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur! 

Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

10. Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

Depart from Edinburgh and journey north to South Queensferry, where you will enjoy a photo stop of the Queensferry Bridges. Continue on to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for the first whisky-themed stop of the day. Spend 2 hours here for their Whisky and Chocolate tasting tour priced at £19.55 per person. Head on to Loch Lubnaig, and then to the Glenturret distillery. Located on the Turret River, just outside of Crieff, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery and still hand-crafts its whisky using the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland. Here, enjoy a tour and tasting at a cost of £15.

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This was my first time experiencing the vaults (10pm slot) and I was NOT disappointed!! James who was our tour guide and has only been with the company for 1 month did an absolutely fantastic job! Providing haunting and gory details about the history of Edinburgh, interacting with the group and ensuring we were safe in our journey to and within the vaults. I even learned a few ‘fun (gory) facts’ about Edinburgh even though I am from the city!! I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a bit of ghostly adventures or would like to learn some history on the city! Great job James!!

The guide was full of energy enthusiasm clear, was fantastic at telling a story..... So much so i for one was disappointed the tour was only 75 minutes long. Could have done another hour.... Would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a spot of adventure, bit of fun plus learn a thing or 2. Tall slim white male, 20s quick walker.... Lol guide.

Very nice experience, and interesting too, not to mention tasty. Very good gins and lovely presentation.

James was an amazing tour guide. Made the experience enjoyable, interesting and kept us on our toes.

Great experience exploring the vaults and understanding the history of Edinburgh.