If you ever make it to Scotland, paying a visit to a whisky distillery is a must! Should your Scotland trip take you only through Edinburgh, then the Scotch Whisky Experience is the ideal adventure for you. Participating in a tour, you'll come to learn more about the history and processing method of Scotland's national beverage. During the tour, you have the unique chance to taste various whisky types. This being the highlight of the tour, it's followed by a visit to the largest whisky collection worldwide.
The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre was jointly founded by 19 Scotch Whisky distilleries in July 1987. The purpose of the project was to establish a permanent attraction considering both the history and development of Scotch Whisky. Passion, learning, quality, authenticity and fun are the core values of the joint project.
The Scotch Whisky Training School was founded with the support of Scottish Enterprise in 2001. Thanks to this, all employees of the Scotch Whisky enterprise, regardless of their position, are guaranteed access to the best imaginable and possible training.
Since March 2004 “Amber by Night” has been a fine address for culinary delights at lunchtime as well as for dinners, serving delicious Scottish specialities.
The heart of the attraction is, without a doubt, the large whisky collection. It was brought “back home” in 2008. The Brazilian collector Claive Vidiz left his entire collection to the beverage producer Diageo, which was then passed on to The Scotch Whisky Experience.
How to get there
The Scotch Whisky Experience is located in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.
You start your journey at Edinburgh Airport, which is about 7.5 mi (12 km) away from the city. Starting out at a roundabout, you follow Eastfield Road and pass the roundabout until it turns to Glasgow Road. Make sure you stick to the left. Follow the road for about 5 mi (8 km) and then take a right turn into Torphichen Street and keep to the right where Torphichen Street changes its name to Dewar Street (B700). Turn left to stay on the B700, which then turns to Bread Street. Shortly after, you turn left to get to Western Port, leading to Grassmarket. As soon as you turn left here, you'll already see the Whisky building in close proximity to Edinburgh Castle. Car parks are available to a limited extent and are located at Johnston Terrace and just by the restaurant of Edinburgh Castle (Castle Terrace).
By public transport
Waverley Station is Edinburgh's central station, located at the east end of Princes Street. From here it's only a 550 yd (500 m) walk along Main Street Northern Bridge. You eventually take a right turn into the Royal Mile at the junction and here you are in front of Edinburgh Castle, off to your whisky adventure.
The Airlink 100, an express bus service, takes you straight from the airport to Edinburgh's city centre. The ride takes about 25 minutes and ends at Waverley Bridge, just at the central station. From here you can comfortably walk to your very own Scotch Whisky Experience.