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  • The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

    1. The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

    This guided whisky tour tells the story of Scotland’s most famous product. A highlight of these tours is the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles. This tour starts with the Whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. This is followed by a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas. Next, enjoy a tutored appreciation of Scotch whisky along with a viewing of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). The gift of a crystal tasting glass is included with this tour. If you select the gold tour option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts whilst relaxing ...

    An amazing learning and tasting experience. Highly recommend upgrading to the gold to experience all the regions of Whisky production.

  • Edinburgh: Holyrood Distillery Gin and Whisky Guided Tour

    2. Edinburgh: Holyrood Distillery Gin and Whisky Guided Tour

    A modern distillery in the heart of historic Edinburgh, Holyrood Distillery is inspired by its surroundings, never afraid to experiment, and dedicated to shaping the spirit of tomorrow. Our guided experience allows you to discover how gin and whisky are created, as well as the traditions and innovative new methods in craft distilling. This is a hands-on sensory experience, taking in the sights of the gin and whisky distillery, with opportunities for tasting and nosing throughout. At the conclusion of the tour, you have the opportunity to purchase a flight of gin or whisky to enjoy at your leisure, with a full introduction by a member of the distillery's passionate team (this drink is included in the tour price until August 29th, 2021).

    We went for my partners birthday as he loves his Scotch! I don't drink the stuff but found it really interesting how it's made and the history behind it. And if whisky isn't your tipple then there's the gin tasting We had a whisky and gin flight at the end of the tour and went away slightly fluffy round the edges ☺ Great way to spend an afternoon

  • Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

    3. Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

    This tour meets on the iconic Royal Mile and you'll have a short walk to one of the supplier's outstanding whisky venues Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskys taken from the 4 major whisky producing regions of Scotland. These whiskys will range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavors of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes from Islay. You will also be given tasting cards giving notes on each of the whiskys 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 reserved, so there is plenty of space and privacy to conduct the story orientated evening.

    Amazing stories from an local expert in Scotland stories: Ben! Whisky was delicious and fine. Highly recommended

  • From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    4. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle. This 14th-century fortress is a filming location for Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones amongst others. Continue north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover the beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choo...

    Great tour, you get to see a lot of Scotland in a relatively short period of time. You do spend a lot of time on the bus but the scenery is wonderful. Stephen is a phenomenal guide and overall I had a really fun time.

  • Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

    5. Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

    Enjoy a full-day tour of the Scottish Heartlands departing Edinburgh and traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience. You will take a scenic drive through Perthshire, looking at the lochs and glens of the Highlands. Cross the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders, and continue into the Kingdom of Fife. Pass Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. You will also pass Perth, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, on the banks of the River Tay, visit the cathedral town of Dunkeld and the Hermitage, to take a fantastic woodland walk up to the Black Linn Falls. Stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, and visit the great shops and restaurants, or take a stroll down towards Loch Faskally. See the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion, and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe. Conti...

    Brilliant day out! Ally was a great tour guide, so much fun and very knowledgeable. The scenery was amazing, can’t recommend enough. There was a little bit of walking, but nothing too strenuous. Definitely still manageable for someone with reduced mobility.

  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

    6. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

    Don’t miss out on this night tour of Edinburgh that takes you on an excursion into the city’s grim, grisly, and ghostly past. You’ll hear all about how Edinburgh’s ghoulish ancestors, the infamous Edinburgh mob reveled in blood, guts, and gore. You’ll also learn that there was plenty of this around, particularly at the Mercat Cross. Your guide will tell you troubling but true tales about gruesome punishment and the unsettled spirits that roam the city, and providing tales of life and death in old Edinburgh. Some of the stories may be a bit close for comfort as you visit the shadowy places where the ghosts still cling to ancient sites. You’ll descend into the famously haunted Blair Street underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt the present day. The ghoulish evening ends with a drink and further tales in an atmospheric tavern.

    Fred was an absolutely great guide! The tour was well worth the price, and her historical knowledge was impressive. Definitely recommended!

  • Discovering Malt Whisky: Day-Tour from Edinburgh

    7. Discovering Malt Whisky: Day-Tour from Edinburgh

    Departing Edinburgh at 9:30 AM, your tour takes you west past Stirling to Glengoyne distillery. Here you will be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. From here, you take a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond for a tasty pub lunch and the chance to sample some local beer. After lunch it is recommended to take a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before heading towards the second distillery of the day. Deanston Distillery is a converted cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith has many interesting features and produces some unique whisky flavours. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind. You will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:15 PM.

    really nice day tour, two whiskey distilleries and a lovely lunch stop. Check the prices for tastings to avoid surprises, it will add to your bill. 1x 16£ and1x 8.50£ pp. Buying whisky at the distillery will give a 5£ discount. The lunch stop is short, so better order quickly. Tour gives a nice first impression of the highlands. We arrived 1 h earlier back in Edinburgh then originally planned, so we could have had plenty of time for a longer stroll at Loch Lomond to explore. Or maybe another place to visit.

  • Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

    8. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

    As you drive north from Edinburgh on this 9-hour excursion you’ll marvel at the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart, and explain his link to the area you're passing through. Your first stop is the city of Stirling, where you'll have ample time to visit the stunning castle (admission not included) or enjoy a walk along the atmospheric, ancient streets that surround it. You'll then have the opportunity to visit one of Scotland's best known distilleries, where you’ll learn how they make their whisky and get a dram of their Highland Single Malt Whisky (optional extra). The tour route takes you past Loch Lubnaig and then through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, home of the Highland rogue Rob Roy. Stopping at some o...

    Loved the tour very much. Michael was very knowledgeable and fun. Despite the Covid-19 impact in most of the region, he managed to accommodate the route and added additional views as we were a very small group and were quick to visit and covef the castle. A note to all that are considering Scotland as staycation destination, it is somehow quiet but nonetheless most of the sight can be visited and enjoyed, possibly not at full splendour as in a regular August, but a great experience definitely.

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    9. From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    Day 1 Your first visit will be Blackness Castle overlooking the Firth of Forth. The castle was used as the backdrop for Fort William and then Wentworth Prison (or as it in known, Linlithgow Palace). Onwards to Doune Castle, better known as Castle Leoch, home to Colum Mackenzie. The castle has also made appearances in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film. Stop for lunch and a taste of whisky at the charming little distillery of Deanston. Next, into the Highlands and through Glen Coe with a quick stop at Loch Ness before arriving at your overnight in Inverness. Day 2 Step back in time 4000 years ago at Clava Cairns, the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. Then, continue to Culloden Battlefield, the scene of the last battle fought on British soil. Discover a living history at the Highland Folk Museum and its various time period scenes. Relive one of the f...

    We had the beet two days on our Outlander tour, we can't really decide which was the best bit! We expected to see areas where Outlander was filmed and we absolutely did but so much more as well. We totally recommend the trip if you love Outlander and thee opportunity to see more of Scotland. Thank you so much it was all incredible. Thank you so much for everything including the post cards that was such a nice surprise and so very thoughtful! Thank you so much! I only have one comment that could help I'm prove the trip, please outline all of the costs upfront and maybe send a reminder about the trip a couple of days before with details of weather forecast and what Venuses are open etc. We didn't get to see Doune castle for example, it was a bit disappointing but everything made up for it.

  • Edinburgh's New Town Whisky Tour

    10. Edinburgh's New Town Whisky Tour

    Join a whisky tour through some of the best and most beloved whisky bars that the Scottish capital has to offer. Learn how to drink whisky as locals do and gain a unique perspective on this famous drink. Enjoy 4 premium malt whiskies in addition to a unique storytelling experience with your guide: a passionate, local whisky expert. Explore the historic New Town of Edinburgh, learning the tales and travails of its past and the role whisky played in this history. Reveal curious facts about the drink, identify flavors and different regional styles, understand the types of wood involved in the process and different distillery profiles.

    a wondetful activity with a Professional Guide. Sam was a brilliant Guide who knew all about whisky, its origins and the history. We had great time and would recommend this tour for anyone! Worth every penny.

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4.7 / 5

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Brilliant day out! Ally was a great tour guide, so much fun and very knowledgeable. The scenery was amazing, can’t recommend enough. There was a little bit of walking, but nothing too strenuous. Definitely still manageable for someone with reduced mobility.

This was a brilliant tour and I could not recommend more! Our guide was called Danny; he was funny, honest and super informative. If you have the chance please go and support this amazing local business!!

Really good value for money, informative and very interesting. Was a birthday present for my dad and we weren’t disappointed!

Amazing stories from an local expert in Scotland stories: Ben! Whisky was delicious and fine. Highly recommended

Well organised and informative enjoyable afternoon.