The Edinburgh Whisky Trail Walking Tour

The Edinburgh Whisky Trail Walking Tour

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A whisky walking tour that guides you through the New Town and Old Town of Edinburgh to explore, taste and learn about Scotch whisky.

About this event

Just like the national drink itself, the history of whisky in Edinburgh has matured and developed many curiosities and complexities. Our whisky walking tour guides you through the major city centre neighbourhoods from ancient royal burghs, opulent garden squares, rejuvenated shopping districts to the medieval vennels and meandering cobbled street.

We will stop at several iconic Edinburgh bars and restaurants to sample the diverse range of Scotch whisky.

A carefully crafted blend of whisky, history, and tall tales, this tour is the best way to explore the city and develop (or strengthen) your adoration of Scotch whisky.

• A guided tour taking your through the New Town, Old Town and Southside of Edinburgh

• Visit five unique Edinburgh bars and venues.

• Comfortable group sizes of no more than 10 attendees chaperoned by a whisky guide.

• Five serves of whisky including blended Scotch, single malt, cocktails, and food pairings. featuring Black Bottle, Jura, Dewar's, Benriach and Deanston whiskies!

• Learn about the city’s history, architecture and the story of brewing and distilling in Edinburgh.

• Each guest receives a Glencairn whisky glass

Age: 18+, ID checks may be carried out at the beginning of the tour or when visiting venues. Please bring a valid form of photo ID, especially if you look under the age of 25 as Challenge 25 is in place in many of the venues.

Time & Duration: Starts at 14:00pm finishing at 17:30.

Starting place: Please arrive at The Cask and Barrel Cask and Barrel (Broughton) 115 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RZ.

Please arrive no later than 13:50.

The venue is 11 minute walk downhill from Waverley Station and a 5 minute walk from The York Place tram stop.

The 8, 13, 23 and 27 buses all stop across the roundabout from The Cask and Barrel at Mansfield Place.

Distance: The walking tour takes you from The East End of the New Town through to the Old Town and finishing in the Southside across approximately 2 miles/3.2 kilometres. Most sections of the walk take no more than 15 to 20 minutes between venues.

Before your tour: You will be consuming approximately seven units of alcohol over the course of the three and a half hour tour. In some of the venues you will be served a food accompaniment however this is not meant to be a substantial meal.

We recommend you have breakfast and lunch before the walking tour, so you are energised for afternoon and don’t consume alcohol on an empty stomach.

Please note this is not a pub crawl or drinking challenge but a tour to learn about and enjoy Scotch whisky. We will not chaperon inebriated individuals and our tour guides and/or bar personnel have the right to refuse entry to any of the venues or remove guests from the walking tour without refund.

What to bring: The weather in Edinburgh is notorious and it has been known to experience four seasons in a single day! We will provide umbrellas but please bring a suitable rain jacket and footwear appropriate for traversing the hills, streets, and cobbles of the city.

It can be cold and windy, even during the summer, so please check the weather report for the day (you can find it on the navigation bar at the top of this website), dress for the occasion and bring a warm jacket, gloves and a hat if needed.

Water will be provided at each venue, but you may want to bring your own bottle for the walking sections.

Audio assistance: Each walking tour is live recorded and broadcasted through the PodBeam app. This can be useful when traversing the busier parts of the city or if you have hearing loss and require audio assistance. If you would like to listen to the live recording, please download the PodBeam app to your Android or iPhone and you will be instructed on how to use it at the beginning of the tour. Please bring your own earphones and make sure you phone has plenty of battery charge.

Gifts, merchandise, and whisky: The Edinburgh Whisk Trail gifts and merchandise such as clothing, whisky accessories and our exclusive bottles of whisky can all be purchased at the destination venue or online at:

Whiskies that you sampled on the tour will also be available to purchase by the bottle at The Pear Tree/Counting House

After your tour: Your tour will finish at The Pear Tree/Counting House, 38 W Nicolson St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9DD. You are welcome to stay at the bar which serves all manner of drinks, refreshments, and food.

Taxis can be arranged by the personnel at the venue.

The 3, 7, 29, 30 and 37 buses back to the City Centre can be taken nearby from outside The Surgeons Hall on South Bridge

The 41 and 42 buses can be taken nearby from Victoria Street.

More information on bus routes and times can be found here:

Booking: Purchased via, Facebook or through Eventbrite.

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