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Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh at Mercat Tours
Megget's Cellar, Edinburgh © Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours - Tour & Whisky Tasting

From £36 per adult

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January — December

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Walking the Old Town of Edinburgh you'll see the city that founded the world’s largest Scottish whisky company, hear of the people that helped whisky production and then retire to Megget’s cellar for a complimentary whisky tasting. 18+ tour.

King James IV has been referred to as the world’s first famous whisky drinker and it was to Edinburgh he granted a monopoly of the manufacture of aqua vitae or whisky. He believed in the medicinal properties of whisky which was produced by the Guild of Surgeon Barbers; it’s just one of the transformations of whisky over the centuries.

Upon meeting your expert Mercat Tours guide you’ll hear about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world. Learn about how the 19th century changed whisky production in Scotland and of the locals that embraced whisky, from George Ballantine on South Bridge to Andrew Usher Jr at Nicolson Street, the pioneers that created their own whiskies and exported worldwide.

Colourful history, tradition and a candlelit whisky tasting

The tour continues with a whisky tasting in our candlelit Megget’s Cellar. There’s no better way to warm the spirits. You’ll taste four Scottish whiskies, under the guidance of our whisky specialist – in a kilt, of course.

Our expert will cover everything you need to know about the water of life; from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements such as water, barley, peat and the cask have on the production process. Nose and taste your way through the whisky regions, with sample whiskies from Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries. Just consider this your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur! 

Contact details

Mercat Tours
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1QR
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
2
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Medium Group (17-30)
Languages
English
Themes
City History Outdoor Activities Walking Walking/Hiking Whisky

Tour prices

From

  • £36 Per Adult
  • £36 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours are the original five-star history and ghost tour company in Edinburgh. Established over 32 years ago, our accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day. We explore Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland and our Blair Street Underground Vaults. We offer Edinburgh experiences in English, French and German With guaranteed departures on our small group tours.

Opening times

Daily 9am to 10pm

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