Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Scotch Whisky Experience


The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must-see attraction for anyone wanting to learn more about Scotland’s national drink, whisky. The name originates from the Gaelic ‘uisge’, meaning ‘water of life’, an adequate summation of the way most Scots feel about whisky! The Scotch Whisky Experience is proudly located next to Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile.

The Whisky Tour

The Scotch Whisky Experience is just that, a chance to experience first-hand the magic of the whisky-making process. Taking the tour of a replica whisky distillery allows you to learn about the time-honoured traditions that make up the production of Scotch whisky.

Relax and enjoy the barrel ride and let the Experience’s knowledgeable guides take you on a tour you won’t forget, which ends by viewing the largest whisky collection in the world. The Collection, as it’s simply known, is 3,384 bottles of different whisky that comes from around the world. It was amassed by Claive Vidiz, a whisky enthusiast from Sao Paulo, who began collecting whisky in the 1970s. In 2006, the Collection was purchased and brought home to Scotland.

Whisky tasting in Edinburgh

Of course, no self-respecting tour would be complete without some whisky tasting, certainly not in Scotlland’s capital! A complimentary dram is part of the tour (for those over 18 only). Guides will demonstrate the different stages of how to expertly taste and appreciate your dram. If you wish to extend your whisky tasting, there are further tour options available (or of course, several pubs).

Raise a dram in the Scottish capital

A visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience would not be right without visiting the whisky bar, which offers stunning views over Edinburgh. Enjoy a wee dram alongside traditional Scottish cuisine in the award-winning Amber Restaurant and coffee shop. Before you leave, make sure you visit the gift shop to take home some Scottish souvenirs.