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  • Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

    1. 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

  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

    2. 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!

  • Edinburgh's New Town Whisky Tour

    3. 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.

  • Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

    4. Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

    Join a local host and taste your way around the whisky regions of Scotland, without leaving Edinburgh. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. On this 3-hour activity you’ll sip a few of the finest single malts and blended Scotches. Discover the best of traditional methods and new, small batch producers. Visit a whisky cellar and a neighborhood pub that’s loved by locals. Sample a few wee drams – from peaty to oaky, and single malts to blended Scotch whiskies. Go with your host to discover the places that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique. Get some insider recommendations on the most authentic places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip.

    We spent a wonderful 3 hours with our guide, Doug, on a walking tour tasting whisky in Edinburgh. Doug gave us an immersion class in Scotch whiskey and threw in some Scottish history along the way. He made our journey enjoyable any relatable. We were so glad to get to know Doug and experience the things he loves about Edinburgh. We highly recommend booking him for any Edinburgh adventure.

  • Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

    5. Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

    Follow in the footsteps of King James IV - said to be the world’s first famous whisky drinker - on a guided tour of the city he granted a whisky manufacturing monopoly to. Learn about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world, and hear how production changed over time. Listen to stories of the locals who embraced the drink with enthusiasm, including George Ballantine on South Bridge and Andrew Usher Jr. at Nicolson Street. Then, taste 4 different Scotch whiskies in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar under the guidance of a whisky specialist. Learn everything you need to know about the water of life, from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements have on the production process. Taste your way through the whisky regions, such as Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries, and take your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur! 

    Charles was brilliant, shared knowledge and told stories to bring the history of whisky to life to a group of absolute beginners. The tasting was informal and comfortable for those with no knowledge and experience at tasting, but encouraging for those who wanted to give it a real go!

  • Edinburgh: Mary, Queen of Scots Private Day Tour

    6. Edinburgh: Mary, Queen of Scots Private Day Tour

    Begin your tour with a visit to Mary's birthplace, Linlithgow Palace. Head to Holyrood Palace to see where Mary lived and used to hunt and ride in the adjacent park. See the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Afterwards, head to John Knox's House where John Knox planned and schemed to overthrow the queen. Notice that just underneath the house was where Mary’s favourite jeweller lived. Visit another location of tumultuous history where the queen's husband, Lord Darnley was murdered, now the New College if Edinburgh. Depending on the time of year, visit Falkland Palace to see where Mary used to play tennis. Go to Craigmillar Castle, where the queen was housed when she was unwell and may have plotted to have her husband murdered. Visit Blackness Castle and learn how it was used as a filming location. During your tour, take...

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We spent a wonderful 3 hours with our guide, Doug, on a walking tour tasting whisky in Edinburgh. Doug gave us an immersion class in Scotch whiskey and threw in some Scottish history along the way. He made our journey enjoyable any relatable. We were so glad to get to know Doug and experience the things he loves about Edinburgh. We highly recommend booking him for any Edinburgh adventure.

Would definitely recommend this tour. John was our guide/storyteller. He was excellent and had a vast knowledge of Scottish history and Whisky's. The whisky was excellent, the venue fantastic. I would definitely do this tour again

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

experienced friendly guy, super knowledgeable, great for whiskey novices or lovers

Luca is a great storyteller, very captivating! Highly recommend.