6 Liquor and Scotch Whisky Distilleries Abreast Edinburgh

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Have you been because authoritative a cruise to Scotland to ascertain the secrets of Scotch Whisky production, or aloof to see the acreage area this admirable alcohol comes from? There are dozens of Scotch Whisky distilleries you can appointment throughout Scotland.

In fact, you can acquisition a cardinal of abundant distilleries aural an hour’s drive of Edinburgh, authoritative it one of the best attainable whisky regions in Scotland for visitors. This whisky arena is alleged the Lowlands. Lowlands whiskies are accepted to be hardly candied and malty, mellower than their Altitude counterparts, and not peaty like those in Islay.

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They are accessible to alcohol and smooth, authoritative them a absolute starting point for bodies who aren’t necessarily whisky drinkers, but appetite to apprentice a bit about it. There absolutely aren’t abounding distilleries larboard in the lowlands. In fact, abounding of the ones that you can appointment today are anew opened (since 2015).

These distilleries are aggravating to re-establish the lowlands as a top whisky-producing area. They’re putting their affection and body into their whisky, and you can see that back you bout their facilities. In accession to whisky, a few of the area’s distilleries are authoritative added types of liquor, like gin, eau de vie and aqua vitae.

It’s an agitative time for drinks in Scotland! So, let’s get bottomward to it. Actuality are 6 distilleries you can acquisition aural an hours’ drive of Edinburgh. RELATED: If you’re activity to Ireland as well, analysis out these top whiskey distillery tours in Dublin.

Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh (photo by Savored Journeys)
Scotch Whisky Acquaintance in Edinburgh (photo by Savored Journeys)

Location: The Aristocratic Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

One of the top destinations in Scotland for tourists is Edinburgh. It’s a fascinating, actual burghal that captures the hearts and minds of visitors from the additional they hit the asphalt streets in the Old Town. That’s what makes the Scotch Whisky Experience so acceptable and accordant for tourists.

If you’re absent to apprentice added about the action of authoritative whisky, a appointment to the Scotch Whisky Acquaintance is essential. It’s both absorbing and educational, if a little silly. Afterwards all, you do ride in a whisky butt through an alternate acquirements affectation on your way to the tasting room.

Whisky tasting flights are available at the bar
Whisky tasting flights are accessible at the bar (photo by Savored Journeys)

The acquaintance includes a nosing and tasting of a distinct malt or attenuated Scotch whisky additional a affirmation of the flavors and smells you can apprehend from anniversary whisky bearing arena in Scotland. There are a few altered tickets you can buy. The argent bout covers the aloft experience. The gold bout includes 4 bounded distinct malts, and the platinum bout includes 4 distinctively called allegory bounded distinct malts and 1 choice blend.

After the tasting, you can analysis out the huge museum/library of whisky from about the world. It’s the world’s better accumulating of Scotch Whisky, and you can accept an added tasting at the bar.

» Book your tickets in beforehand here.

Kingsbarns Distillery

Kingsbarns Distillery
Kingsbarns Distillery (photo by Savored Journeys)

The Aristocratic Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NEKingsbarns Distillery & Company Centre, East Newhall Farm, Kingsbarns, KY16 8QE (about 1:30 drive from Edinburgh)

The architect of Kingsbarns Distillery had a dream to accessible a distillery as he was caddying at the Kingsbarns Golf Club nearby. He was generally asked by golfers breadth they could go whisky tasting in the area, and back there absolutely weren’t any adjacent distilleries, he acquainted it ability be time to accessible one.

He partnered with the Wemyss ancestors from the area, who were already bearing whisky. The visitor’s centermost and distillery, amid aloof 6 afar south of St. Andrews, were congenital on a celebrated acreage that has been adapted and congenital up into a accompaniment of the art ability area tours and tastings booty place, and whisky is currently actuality produced and aged. They opened in 2015, so their aboriginal assembly was bottled in 2018

Whisky from Wemyss family are currently being sold at the distillery
Whisky from Wemyss ancestors are currently actuality awash at the distillery (photo by Savored Journeys)

There is additionally a gin distillery amid on the property. Darnley’s Distillery opened in summer 2017. A cottage amid abaft the Kingsbarns whisky distillery is the new home to the gin still house.

Tours of Kingsbarns are accessible 7 canicule a anniversary from 10am to 5pm and there are three altered tours to accept from.

» Analysis their website for added capacity or to agenda your bout and tasting.

Eden Comminute Distillery

Eden Mill gin tour
Eden Comminute gin bout (photo by Savored Journeys)

Location: St. Andrews

There are all kinds of things activity on at Eden Comminute Distillery. They are Scotland’s aboriginal single-site brewery and distillery, and they’re currently authoritative beer, gin and whisky. If you go on a bout at Eden Mill, you’ll be accustomed the advantage to see the assembly of your choice.

We visited for a gin bout and tasting, and were able to see the distillery, assembly rooms, and the tasting room. The bout started with a absurd gin cocktail and a video, and concluded with a tasting of three of their gins. In case you’re wondering, three is hardly the absolute lineup.

Read added about the independent gin makers, like Eden Mill, that you can acquisition in axial Scotland these days.

Eden Mill's extensive gin tasting that follows the tour
Eden Mill’s all-encompassing gin tasting that follows the bout (photo by Savored Journeys)

The whisky Eden Comminute makes has not yet been bottled. As you know, it takes at atomic 3 years to accomplish a whisky that can be bottled and sold. Their aboriginal accumulation was put into the barillet in 2015. In 2018, Eden Comminute appear the aboriginal Distinct Malt whisky to be distilled in St Andrews in over 150 years. 

They accept a archetypal ambit of beers, including a porter and stout, a red ale, albino ale, aureate ale, and alike a whisky butt age-old beer. You can aces some up at the distillery to booty home and try.

Visit their website for hours and tours. As of 2021, they are currently bankrupt for visits while their new ability is actuality build.

Lindores Abbey Distillery

Lindores Abbey Distillery
Lindores Abbey Distillery (photo by Savored Sips)

Location: Abbey Rd, Newburgh, Cupar KY14 6HH

Drew McKenzie Artisan and his wife Helen consistently capital to accompany a distillery aback to the acreage of the abbey that was purchased by Smith’s grandfathering in 1913.

After abounding years of planning and research, not to acknowledgment all-encompassing archaeological digs, the distillery and company center, amid in arctic west Fife, in the baby boondocks of Newburgh, opened in 2017, application abstracts from the aboriginal abbey.

Today, the Smith’s are already afresh authoritative Aqua Vitae (what Scotch Whisky was already accepted as), which was actuality fabricated at this area as aboriginal as 1494, according to aboriginal accounting records. The Aqua Vitae of that time was said to apathetic crumbling and anticipate melancholy. It was drank by kings, as able-bodied as locals, to cure all ills.

LIndores Abbey Distillery's Aqua Vitae
LIndores Abbey Distillery’s Aqua Vitae (photo by Savored Sips)

Today, Aqua Vitae is actuality distilled and attenuated with herbs and spices that are developed appropriate on the property. You may accept heard of some, like auto verbena, but not others, like candied cicely. Generally drank accurate or with an orange twist, the aftertaste is hardly fruity with beginning herbal notes. It’s additionally abundant in cocktails.

You can apprentice about the action and history of authoritative Aqua Vitae during a distillery bout at Lindores Abbey Distillery. The amount of a bout is £12.50 and includes a atom of Aqua Vitae. They additionally action a appropriate apothecary bout that includes a airing through the distillery as able-bodied as aggregate your own little canteen of Aqua Vitae, alongside the distillery’s Apothecary, Tim Foster.

The aggregate bout lasts about 2.5 hours. There is a baby bistro in the distillery area you can stop for a coffee, block or one of their adorable soups afterwards your tour.

Summer Bout Times: From 1st April until 30th September, tours will be accessible at 10:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. 
Winter Bout Times: From 1st October until 31st March, tours run at 11.00am and 2.00pm.
Bookings are awful recommended. You can alarm or email to set up a time. Website.

Tayport Distillery

Kecia McDougall (right) and her daughter
Kecia McDougall (right) and her babe (photo by Savored Sips)

Location: Unit 2 Shanwell Rd, Tayport DD6 9DX

I’m consistently aggressive by changeable entrepreneurs accepting complex in the liquor industry. That’s absolutely what Kecia McDougall of Tayport Distillery has done by starting her own micro-distillery in Tayport.

Taking afflatus from her built-in home of Ohio, and the whisky industry that is growing about her in Scotland, Kecia set out to actualize a spirit that would absorb the admirable fruits and grains of Fife. The consistent liquor is an Eau de Vie, which is a clear, colorless bake-apple brandy, usually fabricated in a bifold beverage process, which Kecia has called Never.25.

Never.25 Eau de Vie
Never.25 Eau de Vie (photo by Savored Sips)

Changing up the accepted methods, Kecia has developed her own process, which involves four distillations. During the third stage, the abject spirit (made with a alloy of aureate and barley) is alloyed with the berries that accompany activity to the Eau de Vie.

There are currently four altered flavors: strawberry, raspberry, angel and blueberry. There is never any bogus appearance or additive added, and she alone uses bake-apple from bounded farms.

If you’d like to appointment the distillery or accommodated Kecia, appointment the Tayport Distillery website area you can book your bout and tasting. They can be accomplished calmly by accessible transportation.

Dewar’s Apple of Whisky

Dewar's World of Whisky
Dewar’s Apple of Whisky bar (photo by Savored Journeys)

Location: Aberfeldy PH15 2EB

I’m cheating a little here, because Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is absolutely amid in the Highlands and it’s aloof a atom added than an hour from Edinburgh. But there’s no charge to be exact back you’re whisky tasting!

The distillery is a fun abode to visit. They accept a abundant alternate museum, area you can airing about acquirements about aggregate you’ve anytime capital to apperceive about Scotch Whisky on an iPad. There’s alike a aroma caster area you can analysis your ability of the aromas associated with whisky.

Take a attending at the distillery appointment in our quick video.

Aberfeldy produces a single-malt whisky that has been about back 1898, back the founder, John Dewar, opened the distillery in his hometown. Dewar’s distillery additionally makes attenuated whisky. You can try them on a bout and tasting of the facility.

There are several options for bout types, including a approved tour, a connoisseurs tour, a barillet tasting bout and blender’s tour. Which anytime you accept additionally includes some time in the alternate building and a tasting. The distillery additionally has a baby bistro and bar, so you can break as continued as you like. To apprentice about the altered bout types and book your tickets, visit their website.


As you can see, there are now absolutely a few Scotch Whisky distilleries abreast Edinburgh that you can visit, so be abiding to add them to your itinerary. Not alone will you apprentice a lot about whisky, but get to try some too. What are your admired Scotch Whisky distillers?

If you alcohol whiskey at home, we awful acclaim these whiskey canteen sets, so you can serve it in style!


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