Guided tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Beer Walking Tour and Tasting

4.9 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: ScotBeer Tours

Edinburgh: Old Town Beer Walking Tour and Tasting

Activity provider: ScotBeer Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 46.73 per person

Discover Edinburgh through beer. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town and Southside while tracing the history of Scotland through beer with stops for narrated tastings of local brews.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Learn how Scotland became the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world
  • See the impact beer money had on the city's architecture
  • Taste great beers from across Scotland
  • Explore beyond the tourist areas and head where the locals go
Full description
Enjoy a unique walking tour of Edinburgh's historic Old Town tracing the history of the city through beer from the 1100's right through today's vibrant craft beer scene. Setting off from the Royal Mile, you'll discover how Edinburgh grew to become the most important city in the world for brewing and how beer money shaped the city's development. You'll hear stories of rivalry, global expansion, politics, geography and science. Along the way you'll stop for tutored tastings of Scotland's award winning beers. You'll also be introduced to the raw ingredients and science of brewing and the expert guides will help you discover flavours you'll love. This tour is for history lovers or beer lovers who'd like to discover the authentic story of Edinburgh's development and experience the exciting local craft beer scene. Tours are limited to 12 people so that your expert local guides can answer all your questions and help you discover your new favourite drink. You'll be entertained, informed and refreshed!
  • Fully guided tour
  • Tutored tastings
  • Beer for tastings
  • Local pub guide
  • Additional beer after tastings
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the tour start. Meet your guide on the pavement outside City Chambers, your guide will be holding a yellow umbrella.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Dietary requirements should be advised in advance
  • Beer can only be served to guests aged 18 and over
  • Venues are required to check ID for anyone who appears under 25 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 53 reviews

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Sara did an incredible job on our tour. I highly recommend this experience! We learned so much about the history of beer in Edinburgh and my husband got to try so many new beers that he might have never chosen to try. Sara was engaging, personable, and passionate. This was best tour we’ve been on in our trip to the UK!

March 30, 2022

I ordered this tour for my boyfriends birthday as he enjoys trying beers of all kind. He wanted me to join the tour along with him, which I agreed to, but I’m not a beer person (enjoy the sour beer occasionally but that’s it). We had the luxury of having a private tour as a person didn’t show up on the day. The guide, Jennie, was excellent and catered to our tastes by asking what things we enjoyed and adjusting our route to hit places with a wide range we’d both enjoy. Along with the history of beer making we talked about everything under the sun. Despite me not liking beer that much, I tried new beer that I liked (and there were plenty of beers to try with 4 samples at every pub then a glass of whichever we liked best).

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October 28, 2019

Highly recommended if you like beer and Scotland!

The city walk with the beer tasting was extremely exciting. Our guide, Jenny, who is a home brewer, talks enthusiastically about how to brew beer, how beer brewing developed in Scotland and Edinburgh, and a little about what it looks like today. All this while we were allowed to taste an exciting selection of Scottish beer, as well as some different types of malt.

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August 28, 2019

Product ID: 120247