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

Mercat Tours - Whisky Tour & Tasting

From £35 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! 

COVID-19 information

This business has confirmed that they have implemented, and will ensure ongoing compliance with, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels protocols. The Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and it is not a certification.

Contact details

Mercat Tours
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1QR

Key facilities

Audio Loop Hearing Loop
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
2
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
City History Outdoor Activities Walking Walking/Hiking Whisky

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment only
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Online booking only
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Tour prices

From

  • £35 Per Adult
  • £35 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Mercat Tours

'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling' Join In! Enjoy immersive storytelling experiences as you explore Edinburgh's Old Town. Stories Connect You'll have a deep connection with the people & places of the past and build remarkable memories of Scotland's ancient & beautiful capital. Good for You, Good for Everyone Choosing us, a local, independent family business and Living Wage employer, means you support an ethical team rooted in our local community since 1985

Opening times

Daily 9am to 10pm

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