Whisky was invented right here in Scotland, and today it's our largest and most famous export.
Is there any better place on the planet to enjoy whisky than the Scottish Capital?
So, if you want to experience the best Scotch whisky in Edinburgh during your stay in Edinburgh, here's our guide.
145 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BL
Newly opened Johnnie Walker attraction on Princes Street, a fantastic location with spectacular views from its rooftop bar. The Johnnie Walker Princes Street is an incredible attraction in a landmark building, offering sensory tastings in the Explorers Bothy Bar, a visit to the Whisky Makers' Cellar as well as the opportunity to relax and dine in the 1820 Rooftop Bar.
354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
This is a great place to start your whisky tour of Edinburgh. The Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile gives the perfect introduction to the whisky-making process. Taking you on a barrel ride through a virtual distillery, with a whisky nosing and tasting session included. You'll also find the warm and inviting Amber Whisky Bar and Restaurant here.
The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BZ
28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a whisky club with two very elegant venues in Edinburgh, The Vaults and 28 Queen Street. Both are open to the public, although they have exclusive areas and whiskies for members only too. Here, you can sample an extensive selection of society whiskies, and also dine from a delicious seasonal menu.
2 - 4 Hope Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4DB
Usquabae means "water of life" in Scots Gaelic. A nick-name for whisky, after its medicinal qualities. And Usquabae Whisky Bar and Larder is a fitting historical setting to enjoy a dram or two from their "Whisky Library" or book a one-to-one tasting. Plus, try their food menu with expertly paired whiskies.
Whiski Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Whiski Rooms, 13/4 N Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP
Visit Whiski Bar and Restaurant or its sister venue the Whiski Rooms for a menu of over 300 different whiskies. These quirky whisky bars have a lot of character and offer whisky tastings and excellent food and drink pairings. Also, be sure to check out the Whiski Room's adjoining shop, for great whisky gifts and souvenirs.
Edinburgh is a wonderful place to enjoy Scotch whisky, and we have really only scratched the surface here. All over the city you'll find whisky bars and shops, and knowledgeable staff always happy to chat about their favourite tipples. Or, take the 30-minute drive out to Glenkinchie, to see the nearest working distillery that's open to the public. And if you're still looking for self-catering accommodation during your stay, choose from our fantastic range of holiday homes in Edinburgh. If you need any help at all, don't hesitate to contact us.
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