Updated 11 August 2021

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Best Distillery Tours Near Edinburgh

If you want to visit an Edinburgh whisky distillery but unsure where to go, you must read our Best Distillery Tours Near Edinburgh Guide. We have done the research and have come up with the optimal strategy, whether you are self-driving, catching public transport, or would like to have someone else organise it for you. And if you want to visit a distillery but are unable to travel due to COVID-19, we've included a list of samples you can buy to do virtual tours and tastings at home.

For the best distillery tours near Edinburgh (and a selection of spirits to try), read on!

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General Information

COVID-19 has caused significant changes to many distilleries' operation and tour schedules; most distilleries are currently not open for tours. Those that are open require advanced booking even for tastings. We endeavour to ensure the information on this website is accurate; however, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID outbreaks, information may change at short notice. Please check the distillery's website before you go as (see links in the distillery profiles below). Also see our section on "We're In Lockdown And We Can't Go Anywhere!" for details on virtual / at home tastings.

Even in 'normal' times, we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment or avoid long wait times. The booking links and phone numbers for each distillery are below. While you can sometimes drop in, distilleries are becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, and tours often sell out days in advance.

Please check the distillery's website for opening hours and tour times as they change throughout the year. The times listed below were accurate at the time of writing.

Dogs, Children and Distillery Tours

Dogs are generally not allowed in Distillery restaurants/cafes, visitor centres or in production areas, so don’t plan to bring your dog on a distillery tour, with the exception of Lindores Abbey Distillery who "welcome well behaved dog owners along with their four legged friends". Guide dogs and special assistance dogs are permitted, although they may not be allowed in some production areas, so please check with the distillery before you book a tour.

Each distillery has a different policy on the age or number of children that can be taken on a distillery tour or be present during a tasting; please check the distillery's website or call ahead to confirm whether your child/children can join you. A quick summary for distilleries near Edinburgh:

Accessibility / Wheelchair Access

Most distillery tours near Edinburgh are at least partially wheelchair accessible/suitable for those with mobility impairments, as they are generally in newer buildings (unlike most distilleries in the rest of Scotland). Contact the distillery directly if you have any questions. Also have a look at Euan's Guide - a purpose built website that makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go.

Eden Mill, Lindores Abbey Glenkinchie Distillery, Kingsbarns Distillery, The Clydeside Distillery and Holyrood Distillery are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets on site.

Glenturret Distillery is partially wheelchair accessible (the mash tun and tun room are via stairs), with an accessible toilet and disabled parking spaces - see Glenturret's Euan's Guide profile for more information.

Tullibardine Distillery and Edinburgh Gin Distillery are not wheelchair accessible.

But I Don’t Want to (or can’t) Drive!

All of the following distilleries are accessible by public transport (bus or train) from Edinburgh, and the journey is roughly 90 minutes (each way). While there are other distilleries accessible by public transport (Glengoyne and Auchentoshan for instance – see The Best Distillery Tours Near Glasgow) the time to reach them by public transport is over 2 hours each way.

Click on the map below to open in Google Maps – from google maps you can utilise the public transport directions feature from your exact location. Alternately you can import the whole map into Google My Maps (for information on how to do that, click here).

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1-Day Tours from Edinburgh

Discover Malt Whisky Tour: Edinburgh to Glengoyne Distillery, Deanston Distillery and Loch Lomond National Park (one of my favourite parts of Scotland) from £34 per person. Click here for further information and to book the Discover Malt Whisky Tour.

Taste of Scotland Craft Beer and Whisky Tour: Edinburgh to Kingsbarns Distillery, Lindores Abbey Distillery and the Innis & Gunn Brewery, from £31.00 per person.

Whiskies and Gin of East Lothian: Glenkinchie Distillery, NB Gin Distillery, and visit the seaside town of New Berwick, from £31.00 per person.

Highlands, Lochs and Glens: tour that stops at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery from £41 per person. Click here for further information and to book the Highlands, Lochs and Glens Tour.

3-Day Tours from Edinburgh

Speyside Whisky Tour: Edinburgh to Lindores Abbey Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Benromach Distillery, Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich Distillery and Glenlivet Distillery. From £119.00 per person. Click here for further information and to book the Speyside Whisky Trail Tour.

4-Day Tours from Edinburgh

We’re Driving – Road Trip!

Oh, the freedom of the open road! You have your pick of distillery tours near Edinburgh and quite a few options for how to get there. These maps are designed to be interactive – click on the square frame icon top right of the map to open it in a new browser (‘view larger map’). Modifying the routes is easiest on your computer, not your mobile phone, however, if you’ve only got a mobile device, you can import the destination pins into Google Maps and use the directions features to get the best routes. For more information on how to use the maps on this page click here. To see a map of ALL the distilleries in Scotland (including maps per whisky region), see our Scotland Whisky Distillery Map.

I’ve chosen the following two routes from Edinburgh as all of the distilleries are open seven days with regular tours. By all means, give Strathearn a call and see if you can have a look around. Strathearn would be on my list of distilleries to visit as it is small, so you’ll get a good feel for distilling ‘back in the day’. However, they do not have visitor facilities, bookings are essential and should be made well in advance.

For all other distilleries, even though they are open to visitors, I highly recommend you pre-book your visit times at least a day or two in advance. Tours often book out, especially on weekends and during peak holiday times, and you don’t want to drive all that way and miss out.

There are only so many distillery tours you can do in a day. I recommend you pick your favourite TWO.

You can certainly stop by other distilleries, have a look, do a tasting or grab yourself a bottle to take home, but if you’re trying to do more than two distillery tours, you’re going to be pushing for time. The routes below are 3 hours and 4 hours of driving excluding all other activities. If you allow two tours, you’re already at 5-6 hours for today minimum. Most distilleries run tours between 10 am and 4 pm (last tour at 4 pm), but this varies depending on the time of year (most close earlier Nov – Mar). Remember to consider this when you’re picking your destinations, and prepare for a long day.

If you like long lunches, you’ll probably need to skip a tour. You don’t need to do a tour to visit the distillery and do a tasting.

Hot Tip For the Designated Driver: most distilleries will permit you to ‘take away’ your tasting dram.

Many distilleries provide glass bottle miniatures for this purpose and some will provide little plastic containers. Always ask and see if you can do ‘take away’ or ‘take home’ samples. In case they don’t have any suitable ‘take away’ vessels, stop by a pharmacy/chemist shop and see if you can buy a ‘sample’ container. Yes, it’s a urine/specimen sample container! Don’t worry as they’ll be sterile and the screw top lids are perfect for keeping whisky safe because they don’t leak.

Another option is to buy some glass screw top containers before you go - the glass wont react with the alcohol, although, being glass, it is more susceptible to being broken if dropped or knocked.

We're In Lockdown And We Can't Go Anywhere!

Roddy and I were locked down in Melbourne for most of 2020, however, we have managed to do quite a few whisky tastings, thanks to the availability of sample bottles and online/virtual tastings.

Build Your Own Tasting

Master of Malt have pre-packaged tasting gift packs and they also have the option to create your own tasting pack. Select any 5 whisky samples and they'll box them nicely and deliver them to you.

Whisky Tasting Sets

Tasting sets are a fantastic way of sampling different whiskies from Scotland and the rest of the world - generally sized at a reasonable 3cl (30ml), try new styles, new regions, new countries.

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Virtual / Online Tastings

Map Key

Distilleries with green pins are open to the public, and you can visit without an appointment. However, we highly recommend you book in advance if you plan on doing a tour.

Visits to distilleries with map pins shown in orange are by appointment only - call/email well in advance, they may/may not offer a tour.

Map pins shown in black are distilleries not open to the public. They’re on the map as you might want to take a photo if you’re going past. Keep in mind though that some are simply massive industrial ‘whisky factories’ and might not be worth the trip. A quick google image search should give you a good indication of what to expect.

Not A Distillery: There are a number of ‘not a distillery’ points of interest on the maps. These are by no means exhaustive, just some key attractions you may wish to visit while on your spirited adventures. If you are looking to visit a few abbeys and castles, you might be interested in the Visit Scotland Explorer Pass, as one ticket will get you entry into over 70 Historic Scotland venues.

Edinburgh St Andrews Distillery Tours

Edinburgh Stirling Distillery Tours

Whisky Distillery Profiles

CURRENTLY UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS - NOT AVAILABLE FOR TOURS OR TASTINGS

Eden Mill Distillery and Brewery is located in the heart of St Andrews. Based on a historic distillery on the banks of the River Eden, Eden Mill was the first distillery in 150 years to make spirits again in the St Andrews region. While you're in St Andrews, you can have a look at the impressive ruins of St Andrew's Cathedral or check out the little patch of grass the Scots have been putting about on for over 600 years.

Eden Mill Distillery is currently undergoing renovations and closed for tours and in-person tastings, however, virtual / online tutored tastings are available; tasting packs are available for gin and whisky.

Photography is not permitted in production areas, and children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on site. Concession fare is available for those aged 16-18 (as no alcohol is provided) though they must be accompanied by an adult.

Eden Mill Distillery is wheelchair accessible, and one free carer ticket is available to any customer who requires essential assistance (notify them at the time of booking). There is also a disabled bathroom facility on site.

Eden Mill Distillery Tasting At Home

Eden Mill are currently offering virtual / at home tutored tastings while the distillery is closed for renovations. 

Small (20cl/200ml) single cask bottles are also available for a limited time:

Hip Flask Series | Eden Mill

The Hip Flask series are 20cl (200 ml) bottles showcasing single cask expressions of Eden Mill single malt scotch whisky. Each of the Hip Flask bottles come from what Eden Mill call a 'honey cask' - one that their distilling team believe represents an outstanding example of its type. Hip Flask No 16 and No 17 will be the final instalment in the series, so get them while they last.

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David Earl of Huntingdon founded Lindores Abbey in 1191. The monks who built and lived at the Abbey were Benedictines from the Order of Tiron, France (Tironensians). Lindores Abbey Distillery is a new facility constructed on an old site – the original Abbey is considered the birthplace of Scotch Whisky. The earliest written reference to distilled spirits in Scotland appears in the Exchequer Roll of 1495 and notes that Friar John Cor, a Lindores monk, received eight bolls of malt with which he would make Aqua Vitae for King James IV. The monks were well known for their alchemy skills, distillation being one of them.

A farmsteading adjacent to the old Abbey was enlarged and converted in 2016 (using stone from the original Abbey) to form the new distillery. There are three stills - one wash and two spirit stills. Production commenced at the end of 2017, and the first whisky (limited run of only 1494 bottles) is due for release in 2021. The only way to secure one of the first bottles is to join the 500 club.

The Apothecary and Visitor Centre are all on one level, with disabled toilets. Disabled parking is available 5 metres from their entrance, and there is a lift available to the second floor and the Legacy Bar. For more information on disability access, read the Lindores Abbey profile on Euan's Guide and the Visit Us section of the Distillery's website.

Distillery Tour and Aqua Vitae Tasting

Tours cost £12.50 per person and include a tasting of two drams. Tours are available at 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm and must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Call 01337 842547 or email [email protected] to book a tour. Booking is strongly recommended as the tours are often very popular.

Group Tours

Private group tours are available and can operate throughout the day at times to suit the group. Lindores Abbey can tailor the tour to your group’s specific interests and even create a bespoke VIP Tour upon request, including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. Lindores Abbey has an 8-seater minibus which they can use to transport visitors to the distillery for group or corporate tours (ideal if no one wants to be the designated driver). For more information, email [email protected]

Edinburgh Gin Distillery is open seven days a week from 9:45 am to 4:45 pm. The popularity of gin and the distillery's extremely convenient location for tourists in the heart of Edinburgh's West End ensures that the Edinburgh Gin Distillery frequently ranks in the Top 20 of Edinburgh Visitor Attractions on Tripadvisor (alongside The Scotch Whisky Experience).

Edinburgh Gin Distilery only offers tours pre-booked via their website and cannot accommodate walk-ins on the day. If the date online is already fully booked they are unable to take any additional bookings. They do not take bookings via telephone.

Due to the historical nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There are 16 steps leading into the distillery. Once inside, the tasting experience is seated and there are no steps.

Distillery Tasting Experience
  • £25 per person, duration 60 minutes
  • A tasting of five gins and gin liqueurs from their award-winning range including a history of gin in the UK and in Edinburgh, with a talk through the Edinburgh Gin distillation and production processes.
  • The experience will take place in a large space at the distillery bar in view of the stills ‘Caledonia’ and ‘Flora’. Preparation of drinks and tasting vessels will be carried out by staff in PPE and all drinks will be served from closed bottles, poured by visitors themselves.
  • You will receive a 10% discount on purchases.
  • No children permitted – 18+ only.

Advanced online booking is essential (online bookings in groups of 2 only) or email [email protected] if you'd like to book for 1, 3 or 5 persons. If you are unable to select a date in the online portal it means they are fully booked and cannot take any additional bookings on that date.

Online Tasting Experience

Online tutored tastings via Zoom are currently available while COVID rages - £40 per tasting pack and includes:

  • 5 x 50ml Edinburgh Gin miniatures (Cannonball, Seaside, and Classic, our full-strength Rhubarb and Ginger gin, and our delightful Pomegranate & Rose liqueur)
  • 2 x 200ml bottles of premium mixers

Bookings via the Edinburgh Gin Distillery website.

Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tasting At Home

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur

A warming rhubarb and ginger liqueur from the chaps at Edinburgh Gin. It captures a fine balance between the intense rush of ginger spice and the evocative, almost nostalgic sweetness of rhubarb. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Edinburgh Gin Cannonball Navy Strength

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball, a Navy Strength gin with an impactful character thanks to 57.2% ABV and double strength juniper, lemon peel and a pinch of Szechuan pepper. It packs a punch like a Cannonball. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample from Master of Malt.

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Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre opened in 2014 in a converted Georgian farm-steading. The farm-steading was built around 1800 and was part of East Newhall Farm owned by Thomas Erskine, the ninth Earl of Kellie. One of the most striking architectural features at Kingsbarns Distillery looks like a miniature fortified tower but is a former doocot/dovecot. The dovecot housed the nesting boxes of pigeons/doves, the birds providing a regular supply of meat and eggs to neighbouring Cambo House and Estate. Over 600 terracotta ‘doo boxes’ have been conserved.

Kingsbarns Distillery has an on-site cafe and is open seven days a week.

Kingsbarns Distillery is fully accessible to wheelchair users (with the exception of the doocot in the exhibition area which can be viewed from the doocot entrance). There is step-free access at the entrance and on the ground and first floors, and there are platform lift in the distillery production area and up to the first floor tasting rooms. There are accessible toilets and disabled parking bays on site. Also see Kingsbarns Distillery's profile on Euan's Guide

For more information on Kingsbarns Distillery check out this great interview between Ralfy.com and distillery manager Peter Holroyd or check out the Kingsbarns Distillery YouTube Channel.

Tours are not available to children under the age of 8 years. Tours can be booked online or by telephone +44 (0) 1333 451300 or email [email protected]

Whisky Tours – Kingsbarns Tour
  • £12 per person, approximately 60 minutes duration
  • Visit the Kingsbarns exhibition
  • Guided tour of the distillery
  • Tasting of new make spirit and a dram of Kingsbarns' award-winning single malt 'Dream to Dram'.
  • There are two other whisky tours available.
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kingsbarns Distillery Tasting At Home

Kingsbarns New Make Spirit

Kingsbarns is a relatively new distillery and have only just released their flagship single malt. While they were waiting for that to mature, they put out New Make Spirit (unmatured spirit from the Kingsbarns' stills) - you dont often see New Make available for sale, so it is a great opportunity to try what will eventually become whisky, before it has seen a cask. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Glenkinchie Distillery underwent a substantial renovation to their visitor expierience in 2020, and is now considered the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker. Per the press release, "the new visitor experience has been created in the distillery’s beautiful red brick Victorian warehouses, in which guests are taken on a magical journey through Glenkinchie’s rich heritage, its generations of passionate whisky makers and its intricate and unique flavour creation process."

The new visitor centre is centred around a 35,000 sq. ft. garden "inspired by East Lothian’s abundant lands, full of wildflowers and local wildlife". The bar serves tasting platters, whisky highballs and a selection of dram flights.

In addition to being the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker, Glenkinchie Distillery is worth a visit to see the tallest wash stills in Scotland.

Glenkinchie Distillery usually run a  shuttle bus service to transport people from Edinburgh city centre directly to the distillery, however the availability of this service during COVID restrictions is unlikely. The service must be pre-booked and pre-paid as a combined transport & entrance ticket. Telephone +44 (0) 1875 342 012 for more information or to book.

Children under 8 are not permitted on tours, however they are welcome in the shop and in certain exhibitions.

There are four disabled parking spaces available at the distillery. All floors at Glenkinchie are accessible via a lift, with the exception of the Tun Room, which is an older part of the building - during this part of the tour they will show any visitors who cannot access the Tun Room a video of the room and fermentation on an iPad so they do not miss anything. Accessible toilets are available within the Visitor Centre on each floor. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at Glenkinchie, however, due to health & safety regulations animals are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery.

Glenkinchie does not allow photography in production areas.

Glenkinchie Flavour Journey Tasting Experience - Available from 3 May 2021

£13 per person, 1.5 hours duration

Hear the story of Glenkinchie's rich heritage, filled with passionate people and a quest to capture the essence of East Lothian through their flavourful field-to-glass whisky process. Your full-sensory tour culminates in a tutored whisky tasting of 3 drams and 3 wee cocktails in the new tasting room.

Glenkinchie Distillery Tasting At Home

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

The flagship expression from the Glenkinchie distillery, one of the stalwarts of the Lowlands. A fantastic introduction to the region, Glenkinchie 12 Year Old shows off the characteristic lightness and grassy elements that Lowland whiskies are known for, with nods to cooked fruit and Sauternes wine along the way. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Deanston Distillery began llife as a cotton mill in 1785. The mill's success led to an increased need for labour and housing, and in 1808 the owners built accommodation for 300 workers, creating a self-contained village that still forms the centre of modern-day Deanston. So self-contained was the town that they also had their own currency - "Deanstons" were only redeemable in the village stores [ref].

The value of the UK cotton industry had declined severely by the mid-1960s resulting in the Mill's closure in 1965. However, the doors were re-opened in 1974, with the building converted into what is now the Deanston Distillery. The River Teith had previously been utilised to power the Spinning Mill and Weaving Shed machinery; the original lade now directs the water to the distillery for use in production and powering the turbines.

There is a cafe on site – The Coffee Bothy and the distillery shop is open seven days all year, from 10.00am to 5.00pm. There might be a queue at the entrance of the Visitor Centre shop. This queue is only for people purchasing from the distillery shop. If you have a booking, go to the designated meeting point and a member of staff will come to meet you.

Why is it one of the best distillery tours near Edinburgh? They have an open-topped mash tun!!

Children 8 years old or under are not permitted to join the distillery tour and/or warehouse experiences.

virtual / online tastings

Deanston currently offers online/virtual tastings (via Zoom and for UK residents only due to the need to ship samples) starting at £50 for a 'Blind Tasting' of 5 different Deanston Whiskies. Or, why not take the opportunity to try some whisky from the Deanston Old and Rare collection for £95, which includes Deanston 8yo Bordeaux at 57.6%, Deanston 20yo Port Finish at 54.2%, Deanston 10yo PX Finish at 57.5%, Deanston 21yo Palo Cortado at 51.8% and the Deanston 40yo at 45.6% abv. Tasting packs are available to order online.

For more information on Deanston Distillery click here or to book call 01786 843 010

DEANSTON Distillery Tastings At Home

Deanston 10 Year Old Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, this Deanston 10 year old single malt was finished in casks that had previously held red wine from the Bordeaux region of France. The wine cask finish has imparted a full-bodied sweetness to the whisky. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Deanston 18 Year Old Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Independent bottling (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) of Deanston 18 year old whisky. Acacia honey and tropical fruit are followed by rich cinnamon, vanilla essence, soda bread and freshly cut grass notes. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Glenturret Distillery is likely the oldest distillery still operating in Scotland. Rental documents from 1763 refer to Thurot Distillery, the earliest known name for Glenturret [ref]. Glenturret has been known by several names over the years, including The Hosh Distillery (1814 to 1873). It was promoted as 'The Famous Grouse Experience' until the distillery changed ownership in 2019. It is now back to being simply Glenturret Distillery.

Why is it one of the best distillery tours near Edinburgh? You will get to see one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, and they have Tullibardine’s old open-topped HAND STIRRED mash tun. I’d stop by just to see that, but then, I do love my open-topped mash tuns.

There is an on-site cafe; the Glenturret Cafe is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm

Glenturret Distillery is open seven days. Tours run hourly and start at 10.30 am. The last tour is at 4:30 pm April – October, and at 3:30 pm November – March. Tours are limited to 25 persons per tour group. Tours can be booked online up to 48 hours in advance. Tours and tastings are in English. However, translation sheets are available if requested.

Children are allowed to accompany their parents on distillery tours, with the condition (per Glenturret's FAQ section) that "if children are disruptive on tour, we will kindly ask that they and their family step out of the experience. We additionally cannot allow prams and pushchairs through the production areas, however, we can look after these in our reception area for you to collect after your tour. The shop and restaurant areas of the distillery are all accessible for prams and pushchairs."

For online bookings click here  or email [email protected] or telephone +44 (0) 1764 65 65 65. For information on disability access, read Glenturret Distillery's profile on Euan's Guide.

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gLENTURRET Distillery Tasting At Home

Glenturret 10 Year Old Peat Smoked

A sweet-and-smoky 10-year-old single malt from Glenturret, this peated whisky is part of Glenturret's 2020 Maiden Releases. Aromas of lively citrus and mellow peat fill the nose, complemented by notes of vanilla, oak, lemon, orange and smouldering embers on the palate.

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Glenturret 12 Year Old | 2020 Release

Glentturet's 2020 Maiden Release (since the new owners and no longer part of Famous Grouse), matured in European oak casks for more than a decade, creating notes of orange, apricot, oak spice and vanilla throughout the palate.

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The Tullibardine site was a brewery in 1400s, and acquired a Royal Charter in 1503 to provision King James IV with beer (the same chap who was getting Lindores Abbey to distill Aqua Vitae). The Tullibardine distillery was established much more recently, in 1949 by famous distillery designer William Delme-Evans. It was the first distillery built in Scotland since 1900. Tullibardine underwent a refit in the late 1950s, and Glenturret Distillery purchased their original 1949 mash tun and washbacks. (1)

Tullibardine is a modern distillery in a convenient location for tourist groups, and as such, they often book out, so make sure you book your tour well in advance. They are open seven days from 10 am to 5 pm. All tours must be pre-booked via email or phone; email [email protected] or phone +44 (0) 1764 661 809Tour numbers are currently limited to a maximum of 6 people from 2 households.

Classic Tour

  • £9 per person and lasts 45 minutes.
  • The price includes two tastings of Tullibardine Whisky at the end of the distillery tour.
  • The cost is only £7 per person with a group of 10 or more

BONDED Tour

  • £30 per person and lasts 90 minutes.
  • A detailed walk through the Tullibardine Distillery process, with an additional visit to the bonded warehouse where you will have the opportunity to nose selected casks. At the dramming bar you will have a tasting of three single malts including Tullibardine 20 Year Old. You will also get to take home a Tullibardine gift bag.

tULLIBARDINE Distillery Tasting At Home

Tullibardine Tasting Collection

A set for four miniature 5cl (50ml) bottles of Tullibardine whisky, including Tullibardine Sovereign, Tullibardine 225, Tullibardine 228 and Tullibardine 500.

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Tullibardine 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Independent bottling (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) of 25 year old single malt from the Tullibardine distillery. Buttery at first, though soon followed by juicy peach and plum, with a good kick of winter spice later on. Available as a 3cl (30ml) sample on Master of Malt.

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Clydeside Distillery laid their first casks down in December 2019; Clydeside whisky should be available from 2021.

Clydeside Distillery is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets on the ground and first levels and lifts between each level available. They also offer carer admissions free of charge with an adult/concession ticket - get in touch with Clydeside Distillery to book this with your standard entry. They have a comprehensive Accessibility Guide (pdf) available from their website.

Children are welcome in the distillery and on tours as long as an adult accompanies them at all times.

Clydeside Tour

  • £15 per person and lasts 60 minutes.
  • This 3-part tour includes a "Discover the Dockside Story" self guided educational experience, a professionally guided distillery tour and three tastings at the end of the distillery tour including Clydeside's own new-make spirit.
  • Designated drivers will be provided with Drivers Drams to take away and enjoy at home

Chocolate and Whisky Tour

  • £30 per person and lasts 90 minutes.
  • This tour includes the self guided "Discover the Dockside Story", a professionally guided tour of the distillery, and five 10ml drams of Single Malt Whisky each carefully paired with Sugar Wings of Glasgow chocolate.

Holyrood Distillery opened in the centre of Edinburgh in 2019; a 15 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Holyrood whisky will not be available until at least 2022.

There is no public parking, however Blue badge holders/registered disabled vehicles can pick up and drop off in the courtyard area. Holyrood Distillery is fully accessible for those with mobility requirements. There is an onsite wheelchair which can be used for the duration of the tour, and, they have induction loops available throughout the building. For more information on disability access, see Holyrood Distillery's profile on Euan's Guide.

Accommodation

Edinburgh has a lot of fantastic accommodation options available; however, we recommend you consider the following:

Whisky Bar On Site
Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

As one TripAdvisor fan put it, the Balmoral Hotel is ""beautifully decorated and comfortable and grand as well as conveniently located for everywhere". They're a short walk to the Royal Mile, near the pick-up location for Rabbies Tours, and the Hotel's Whisky Bar contains over 500 bottles of whisky.

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Near SMWS Queen St
Braid Apartments by Mansley

20 modern and stylish apartments with a range of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom options in a historical building in New Town’s Thistle Street. Braid Apartments are a three minute walk to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bar + Dining Room (non-members welcome), 28 Queen Street Edinburgh, with over 200 rare single malts for you to try.

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Luxury in Leith
Fingal Hotel, Leith

​Luxury cabins aboard a refurbished former lighthouse tender, ​located near the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Vaults (members only), Teuchters Landing​​​ whisky bar, and our favourite brunch spot in Edinburgh, Roseleaf Cafe. Developed by The Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by her rich maritime heritage.

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Amanda

Amanda is an Australian-born photographer, digital nomad and whisky lover. Her passion for travel and whisky lead her to Islay, where she fell in love with an Ileach (an Islay native). Amanda and Roddy now share their Spirited Adventures.

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