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Distillery in Edinburgh

Hello, We will be visiting Edinburgh next week, without a car. Are there any distilleries that are worth a visit in the city, or would it be better to hire a car or book an excursion?
Many thanks for any information.


  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @MED. There are no distilleries in Edinburgh itself, however a good starting point would be the The Scotch Whisky Experience, located just along from Edinburgh Castle. Here you can gain a great introduction to Scottish Whisky with a very informative and interesting tour.

    Otherwise, hiring a car to visit an actual distillery outwith Edinburgh would be a good option.  Glenkinichie distillery is the closest to Edinburgh, approx 40 mins drive east of the city. There are also several distilleries approx 1 - 1.5 hours drive in the beautiful Perthshire area including Blair Atholl, Edradour and the Famous Grouse Experience. You may find it useful to visit our VisitScotland website which has an interactive map you can use to search for distilleries in all regions of Scotland. 

    I hope this helps.  :)
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