Scotch Whisky Experience - Visitor Attraction


354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NE

    Take a sensational journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you'll choose your perfect 'dram', and taste it in The World's Largest Whisky Collection.

    Experience Scotch Whisky - Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Journey through gently swaying fields of barley and on to the warmth of the Malt Kiln with its lingering smell of burning peat.Take great care to avoid being ground through the Malt Mill before being spun and mashed in the Mash Tun. Then it’s off to the turbulent wooden Washback with the sound of the sloshing Wash before the steaming and bubbling Pot Still. Breathe in the restful smell of the Oak Casks and the process slows down to the tick-tock of the passing years of maturation. You may spot one of our mischievous angels taking their “share” before your journey ends. 


    Discover the stories behind the secret and magical ingredient of time. As the years pass by preserving forever the stories and character of the people who made it, the whisky now begins to take on its amber hue, developing its complexity and taking on a smooth and lingering character.


    Explore Scotland’s diverse whisky regions and the flavours that the countryside imparts to its whiskies. Experience for yourself the varying aromas and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.


    Your guide will then allow you access to our vault containing the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection; the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies, where you can enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting of your dram. Marvel at the stunning array of some of the most rare and exclusive whiskies in the world representing a lifetime’s collection.


    Conclude your visit in our exhibition area of Scotland’s whisky history taking visitors from the very beginnings of a cottage industry through to the global success of today.   Here you can discover more about the people and history behind the drink. End your visit relaxing over a whisky in our bar where you can choose from over 422 Single Malts, Blends, Scotch Whisky Liqueurs and Cocktails. 


    Experience for everyone

    15 Languages, Child-friendly exhibits and tailored tours, fully wheelchair accessible, Expert tour guides and whisky advisors are on hand throughout the experience to tailor make your visit and ensure the enjoyment of every member of your party. 

    The experience blows away the myths about Scotch Whisky making it accessible to everyone.


    Languages: Gaelic, English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Polish, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin



    The Silver Tour:  Book Online

    Ideal for families and first timers (all day, every day)

    This tour includes:

    ·         Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch Whisky

    ·         Introduction to the aromas in Whisky

    ·         A dram of Scotch Malt Whisky (Irn Brun for under 18s)

    ·         See The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky

    ·         Whisky tasting glass to take away (adults and concessions)

    ·         Audio guide available (15 languages)

    Adult:  £14.50, Concession: £12.50, Child (6-17years): £7.25,
    Family (2 adults and 2 children): £36.00


    The Gold Tour: Book Online

    Get a real taste for Whiskies (all day, every day)

    This tour includes all elements of The Silver Tour plus:

    ·         A tasting tray of four Single Malts with tasting notes

    ·         Scotch Whisky Appreciation Society membership (one year)

    ·         Whisky tasting glass to take away

    ·         Discounts in our bar and shop

    ·         Audio guide available (15 languages)


    Adult: £25.25, concession: £23.00



    The Platinum Tour: Book Online

    A Whisky lover’s dream (last tour of the day)

    This tour includes all elements of The Silver Tour described above plus:

    ·         Guided nosing and tasting of two contrasting Single Malt Whiskies

    ·         Extended viewing of The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky

    ·         Taste an exclusive Scotch Whisky to finish

    ·         Whisky tasting glass to take away


    Adult and concession: £35.00



    Morning Masterclass: Book Online

    Perfect for true Whisky enthusiasts offered Monday – Friday at 10am – pre-booking essential.

    The Morning Masterclass includes:

    ·         Private viewing of The World’s Largest Colelction of Scotch Whisky

    ·         Sensory perception test

    ·         Comparative tastings of one Blended, one Single Grain and two Single Malt Whiskies

    ·         Nosing of new-make spirit

    ·         Boxed crystal Whisky tasting glass

    ·         Gift

    ·         Tea or coffee and Scottish shortbread


    Adult and concession: £40.00


    The Taste of Scotland: Telephone 0131 220 0441 to book

    A Scottish blend of Whisky and cuisine (last tour of the day). Pre-booking essential.

    This tour includes all elements of the Platinum Tour plus:

    ·         Three-course Scottish food experience menu in Amber Restaurant

    ·         Bite-sized Scottish starters, a taster of main dishes and dessert

    ·         Dram of Whisky with dessert

    ·         Whisky tasting glass to take away


    Adult and concession: £65.00

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    Opening Times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Please see for seasonal opening times.


    • The main entrance has level access


    • Bar Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dinner Available
    • Evening Meal Available
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Licensed Bar / Clubroom
    • Lunch Available
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available

    Cuisine Types

    • Scottish


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Languages Spoken

    • Dutch Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • French Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Gaelic Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • German Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Italian Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Japanese Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Mandarin spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Norwegian spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Polish spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Portugese spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Russian spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Spanish Speaking By form of audio guide - Silver tour
    • Swedish spoken By form of audio guide - Silver tour


    • City Centre Next to Edinburgh Castle
    • City Location Next to Edinburgh Castle

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Best for

    • Group Dining
    • Sourcing Policy - Local, Seasonal, Organic
    • Whisky Selection


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available

    Dietary Options

    • Vegetarian Meals available


    • ASVA Member
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Disabled toilets
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    When entering Edinburgh following signs for "city centre" and "attractions". You can approach from Johnstone Terrace, The Mound leading to Bank Street, George IV Bridge and the Lawnmarket. The High Street and Ramsay Lane are closed to traffic. On street parking is available on Johnstone Terrace. You can pay with coins in the meter or by mobile phone. There is a multi story car park on Castle Terrace - top level, Kings Stables Road - bottom level.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Waverley train station is located 5 minutes by foot from the Scotch Whisky Experience.


    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Where there are films or information touch screens, they have visual / audible subtitles [e.g. to describe icons and images]
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • There is a lift
      • Lift buttons have raised numbers or letters


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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