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Scotch whisky

Discover Scotland's national drink

Whisky Tour Edinburgh Source:Milos Kravcik

Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Milos Kravcik

Scotland is the spiritual home of whisky. This warming, amber-gold spirit has been made here for longer than anyone can remember. You'll find distilleries up and down the country so take a tour and sample a wee dram on the way.

Distillery visits are a great way of discovering the sheer variety of whisky available and seeing some of Scotland's most magnificent scenery. Scotland has five distinct whisky-making regions from the lowlands, home to the closest distillery to Edinburgh, Glenkinchie, right up to the Highlands where you'll find Scotland's most northerly distillery at Highland Park in the Orkney Islands.

Along the way, don't miss Speyside in northeast Scotland, home of the Malt Whisky Trail and over half of Scotland's whisky distilleries. Favourite whiskies here include Glen Grant, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Other areas to look out for are the island of Islay, whose eight distilleries produce distinctive peaty whiskies and Campbelltown near the Mull of Kintyre.

If you’re a serious fan of whisky you should also check out Scotland’s annual whisky festivals where special distillery tours are paired with live music, talks from the experts, food and whisky matching events and much more.

If you only visit Edinburgh on your trip, pop into the Scotch Whisky Experience , a great way of learning the process behind whisky making and a fine setting for trying a few different whiskies with the guidance of an expert taster.