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Edinburgh: Pickering's Gin Distillery Tour with Gin Tastings

1. Edinburgh: Pickering's Gin Distillery Tour with Gin Tastings

Learn all there is to know about gin and its unique distillation process on a Pickering's Gin Distillery tour at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Kick-start your tour with a delicious gin and tonic poured in style at the Royal Dick Bar, where you meet your guide For the first part of the tour, head over to the Old Workshop and sit back comfortably in a chair, sipping on your gin and tonic. Hear about the many gin inventions that were born here and the story of the distillery. Then, make your way to the distillery. Meet and greet the distillers at work and possibly see Gertrude and Emily — the two stills – in steaming action. To finish the tour in style, be walked through a tasting of four award-winning gin samples in the next room, where you can share your thoughts and feelings about your favorite drink with the group. Head home with a complimentary miniature bottle of your favorite sample after the tasting.

Edinburgh: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

2. Edinburgh: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Edinburgh. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the capital. Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing theme songs and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dance, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy). Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet!

Edinburgh: 4-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Shots & Discounts

3. Edinburgh: 4-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Shots & Discounts

If you’re not sure where to party in Edinburgh or want to enjoy the bar and club scene with like-minded travelers, this 4-hour pub crawl is the perfect choice! You’ll head off the tourist trail to the best bars, clubs, and live music venues in Edinburgh. The price includes 6 shots, free VIP club entry, skip-the-line admission and drink discounts that save you loads of money. More importantly, you get to meet and party with people from all over the world. This pub crawl is an opportunity to meet great people, and enjoy great music and good times, experiencing Edinburgh nightlife at its best. 

Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

4. Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

Discover the best of Edinburgh's night life with this pub crawl to 7 excellent venues in the old town. Avoid the hassle of trying to find the best places by letting your party guide show you around. Take a walk on the wild side with 6 free shots that are specifically selected for you. Wander through various back streets to find the best kept secrets. Party hard with a party professional without worrying about paying a cover charge.

Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

5. Edinburgh: Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery

Step inside Edinburgh's 56 North Distillery to sample and discover how award-winning gins are made. Begin by entering Scotland's oldest dedicated gin bar with over 300 gins on the shelf. You will be welcomed with a South Loch Gin and Fever-Tree tonic and introduced to the beautiful copper stills that produce all of the South Loch Gin. Savor your gin and tonic whilst learning all about botanicals, production, bottling, and gin production. Then, sample three gins made at the South Loch Gin distillery with tasting notes and insights into the research and development behind them. Finish off by enjoying a South Loch Gin cocktail made by a dedicated bar team.

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour with "Real-Actors"

6. Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour with "Real-Actors"

You will venture through Edinburgh's Old and New Town's led by the intrepid duo: Clart and the intellectual McBrain, who will take you on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the city's wynds (narrow paths), courtyards, and pubs. Enjoy their hilarious duel of wits as they narrate the stories of Edinburgh's pubs and famous Scottish writers, from Sir Walter Scott to Robert Louis Stevenson right up to the present day addressing the writers of Harry Potter and Rebus! As you stop in each pub for a drink, become immersed in a lively duolgue, spanning approx 300 years of Scottish literary history! The award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour to be launched in Edinburgh in 1996! It is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field and a Must-See cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world - standing out from all the rest. It is performed by professional actors and not academics or tour guides reciting from books. It represents great value for money and has a very high entertainment factor! Read more about Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour - https://www.viator.com/tours/Edinburgh/Edinburgh-Literary-Pub-Tour/d739-170517P1?mcid=56757?mcid=56757

Edinburgh: Distillery Tour with Scottish Gins and Cheeses

7. Edinburgh: Distillery Tour with Scottish Gins and Cheeses

Learn about flavor pairings and Scotland's gin-making history in a fun and delicious way on this tasting tour in Edinburgh. See some world-class gin stills and savor a gin and cheese pairing. Be welcomed by your host and listen as they give you an in-depth introduction to the on-site stills. Head to the cozy tasting room where a board of eight Scottish gins and a range of tonics will be waiting for you. Let your guide talk you through each gin and the aromatic cheese that is paired with it. Get information on gin companies, the history of gin-making in Scotland, and uncover the secrets to making a delicious gin. Have the opportunity to ask anything you'd like about your favorite spirit. Afterwards, you can stay and peruse a selection of over 400 gins, or you can head out to enjoy Edinburgh's historic center.

Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

8. Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

Explore the sights of Edinburgh on foot during this private Sherlock Holmes adventure tour. Receive a backpack kit with physical clues, props, and everything you need to work through the game, including a 19th-century map of Edinburgh that is yours to keep. Start your adventure by meeting your guide. Your guide will then brief you on the game mechanics and be in touch with you throughout your game if you need help. You will need a phone only to be in touch with your guide. Once the game begins, you'll follow a series of numbered clues. Every clue is meant to be used in a particular location and when you solve it you'll find out where to go next. The game unravels the story of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation. Walk through a good portion of Edinburgh and pass by some of the main landmarks: St Andrews Square, Princess Street, and some other wonderful places off the tourist trail. Most of the game's locations have a connection to Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. You will finish by dropping the kit off and collecting your souvenir badge. It ends at the West End of the city.  The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2.5 hours if they don't take a break. Some groups have taken quite a bit longer.

Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

9. Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

Join a local host and taste your way around the whisky regions of Scotland, without leaving Edinburgh. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. On this 3-hour activity you’ll sip a few of the finest single malts and blended Scotches. Discover the best of traditional methods and new, small batch producers. Visit a whisky cellar and a neighborhood pub that’s loved by locals. Sample a few wee drams – from peaty to oaky, and single malts to blended Scotch whiskies. Go with your host to discover the places that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique. Get some insider recommendations on the most authentic places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip.

Edinburgh: Fantastic Creatures Treasure Hunt

10. Edinburgh: Fantastic Creatures Treasure Hunt

Discover Edinburgh's folk stories and myths on this interactive treasure hunt. Meet your guide at the City Chambers, where your game will begin. After a short introduction, get kitted out with all the tools you will need to complete the game. The kit comes in a bag that has all the clues and tools you need to work through and a map with a route to follow. Wander around the streets of the Old Town to solve clues and discover famous landmarks from a unique perspective. The itinerary includes City Chambers, Edinburgh University, St Giles Cathedral, and of course the iconic Edinburgh Castle for perfect photo opportunities. If you're clever enough to make it to the end of the game, Scotland's very last unicorn will be waiting for you.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 131 reviews

We’ve done this tour once before 5 years ago. We had just as good a time if not better experiencing it again! Jamie was our tour guide and he was both delightful and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend doing this to anyone! Especially if you enjoy gin! You get to try a variety of their products!

Great tour really fun and a good giggle. Great for a hen or stag do - fab way to see the city! The guides were really friendly and energetic would love to do it again!

Had a lovely time. James was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend this experience to anyone. It was great fun and really enjoyable

Doug took us through the whisky experience patiently and methodically and was an absolute pleasure to have as a guide!

As a solo traveler, this was a fun way to experience the night life of this city and meet new people along the way.