Attention whisky lovers and travellers to Edinburgh alike, discover five of the best distillery tours near Edinburgh not be missed.
Eden Mill Brewery & Distillery. Location: Eden Mill, Main Street Guardbridge, St Andrews KY16 0US.
Discover the different whisky distilling steps, and as a bonus get to see the process behind gin creation and beer brewing, and then finish with one of our favourite whisky tastings in Edinburgh. Open seven days from 10 am to 6 pm, you’ll receive a barrel aged beer on arrival, before touring the stills, production area and cask warehouse. Taste the delights of their three new spirits during the tasting session and go home with your very own Eden Mill Glencairn whisky glass as a keepsake. The Eden Mill Brewery and Distillery is ideally located in the heart of St Andrews so after your tour you can explore the impressive ruins of St Andrew’s Cathedral, or check out that patch of grass the Scots have been putting about on for some 600 years.
Lindores Abbey Distillery. Location: Abbey Rd, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6HH.
Lindores Abbey was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon and while Lindores Abbey Distillery is a new facility constructed on an old site, the original Abbey is considered the birthplace of Scotch Whisky. According to the earliest written reference to distilled spirits in Scotland Friar John Cor, a Lindores monk, received ‘eight bolls of malt’ with which he would make Aqua Vitae for King James IV. Today, the old Abbey farm stead has been lovingly converted and enlarged using original Abbey stone. The distillery uses barley grown on the Lindores Abbey farm, and the yeast used in fermentation includes a strain found at the site. Taste whisky history at Lindores Abbey Distillery.
Glenkinchie Distillery. Location: Pencaitland, Tranent EH34 5ET.
Open seven days a week, Glenkinchie Distillery has the tallest stills in Scotland, with a capacity of 32,000 litres (7,000 gallons) on the wash still - more than many distillery’s annual productions. At the entrance take a look at the intricate scale-model distillery exhibition, built in 1925 for the British Empire Exhibition. During the tour savour the taste of the Glenkinchie 12-year-old. For added convenience Glenkinchie Distillery runs a shuttle bus service to transport people from Edinburgh city centre directly to the distillery.
Glenturret Distillery. Location: The Hosh, Crieff PH7 4HA.
Enjoy the Famous Grouse Experience, open seven days a week with tours running hourly from 10:30am. The on-site restaurant/cafe, Wilde thyme is also a real treat and is open daily from 10am – 6pm. See for yourself one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, including Tullibardine’s old open-topped hand-stirred mash tun. The Famous Grouse Experience is a bit of a Disneyland for Whisky Lovers, receiving around 100,000 visitors a year, so it’s definitely worth booking ahead. The tour includes two tastings and take away bottles for at-home enjoyment for the designated driver.
Tullibardine Distillery. Location: Blackford, Perthshire PH4 1QG.
The Tullibardine site has been a brewery since the 1400s and acquired a Royal Charter in 1503 to provision King James IV with beer. As for the distillery, this was established much more recently, in 1949 by famous distillery designer William Delme-Evans - the first distillery built in Scotland since 1900. The Tullibardine we see today is a modern distillery owned by the Picard family (Picard Vins & Spiritueux). Book ahead as due to its convenient location, tours sell-out fast.
Post-Dram Dreaming. After a long day exploring and tasting some of the best whisky Edinburgh has to offer, you’re sure to be ready for bed. To make sure you get the best nights sleep in a great location, stay at Holyrood ApartHotel Edinburgh. Situated in the heart of the city, Holyrood ApartHotel, offers an ideal base and is designed for you to feel just like at home. Perfect for short and long stays, all apartments are well equipped with all the comforts a modern traveller requires, including a fitted kitchen, a washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen television with DVD player.
Discover the stunning capital of Scotland - Edinburgh. As one of the most lively cities in Europe, Edinburgh has plenty to offer in the way of things to see, explore and do, but how well do you know this incredible city? Take our quiz to find out the what’s actually inside haggis, what the city has more of than any other UK city, why their national animal might appeal to your 5-year-old daughter, and which animal you need to address as Sir when you visit the zoo.
You will find all the answers at the end.
1. If someone from Glasgow is a Glaswegian what do you call someone from Edinburgh?
2. Haggis is as synonymous with the Scottish cuisine as neeps and tatties, porridge and battered mars bars. But what’s inside the Scottish classic?
a) Chocolate covered oats
b) Sheep liver, lungs and heart
c) Aberdeen Angus beef
d) Whisky soaked breadcrumbs
3. With it’s famous hilltop fortress, cobbled streets and beautiful buildings around every corner, Edinburgh has been featured in many big-screen movies (including a key location in the Harry Potter franchise), but which 1930’s ground breaking classic did the skyline inspire?
a) King Kong
b) Gone with the wind
c) The Wizard of Oz
d) The 39 Steps
4. What Edinburgh Zoo resident received a knighthood and should be addressed as Sir?
a) Sir Nils Olav the penguin
b) Sir Geoffrey the giraffe
c) Sir Lionel the lion
d) Sir Mackenzie the lemur
5. Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have a very important public service. But, what was it?
a) Ambulance drivers
b) Fire service
c) Rubbish collection
d) Street performers
6. With so many beautiful buildings and so much culture on offer, you might not think of Edinburgh as a green city. But that’s probably a case of not being able to see the wood for the trees. As the ‘greenest city in the UK’ Edinburgh has more trees per head of population than any city in the UK. It also is home to one of the largest number of parks in any city in the United Kingdom. But how many parks?
7. England’s national animal is a lion, the United States has the bald eagle (or more recently the bison), France has the Gallic rooster, but what animal is Scotland’s national beast?
Discover Edinburgh For Yourself
Ideally situated between the historic Royal Mile and Arthur Seat, in the heart of the city, the Holyrood ApartHOTEL Serviced Apartments Edinburgh offers an ideal base from which to explore the city, as well as a perfect location is to visit all of Edinburgh touristic sites. Whether you are travelling with friends or family, the serviced apartments are perfect for your short or long stay in the city, providing privacy, flexibility, and plenty of space to relax.
Answer 1: Depending on who you ask C and D are both correct. Dunediners comes from the city’s Scottish Gaelic name (Dùn Èideann) and Edinburghers is mostly used by non-residents. In reality, there might not be an official name and so using neither is the easiest way to avoid a potentially awkward conversation.
Answer 2: B. While the other options might sound more appealing, haggis is minced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart mixed with onion, oatmeal and prepared inside a sheep’s stomach. Aside from really living up to the mantra of ‘waste not want not’ it’s also surprisingly delicious.
Answer 3: C. One of the film’s set designers, George Gibson, is thought to have taken inspiration from his home city of Edinburgh. A childhood memory of the road that led to the castle was said to inspire one of the most famous settings in all of cinematic history, the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City.
Answer 4: A. Sir Nils Olav, in fact Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III, is a king penguin resident at the zoo and since the 1970’s (the first Nils Olav) has had a variety of titles leading up to a knighthood approved by King Harald V of Norway in 2008. Norway’s connection with Edinburgh Zoo extends back to polar explorer Roald Amundsen who presented the zoo with a King Penguin over 100 years ago.
Answer 5. B. While you will see plenty of street performers it probably doesn’t count as a public service. Edinburgh can though lay claim to the world’s first municipal fire service with a history of fire prevention dating back to 1426. The early 1400’s saw an Act that forbid carrying a naked flame. By the 1600’s fire wells were set up throughout the city and the first firemasters were appointed in the early 1700’s. The Edinburgh Fire Establishment set up with a force of 80 in October 1824.
Answer 6: D. 112, that’s a lot of choices for picnics or walking the dog! In the spring of 2016 satellite images compared the green spaces throughout all of the UK’s major cities, and Glasgow and Edinburgh came out on top.
Answer 7. B. Yep, the national animal of Scotland is a mythical creature, the unicorn. But with good reason. Legends say that the natural enemy of a lion is a unicorn and with the tumultuous history between the two countries, perhaps choosing a unicorn is no big surprise. Besides, the Welsh have a dragon, so really anything goes.
With more than 500 years of golfing history, the country practically invented the modern game of golf, designed, built the first courses and coined virtually every golfing term you can think of, from putt to tee and caddie to links. No matter how high your golf handicap is, teeing off in bonnie Scotland is a rite of passage for faiway lovers. With more than 500 courses throughout the country, there’s no shortage of challenging and beautiful courses to beat.
With more than 20 courses in Edinburgh, visitors to the city can choose a different course to play every day of their stay. Golf courses in Edinburgh include courses minutes from the city centre with views of the castle as well as coastal links just outside the city. Stunning views, incomparable history and unique course challenges makes Edinburgh one of the greatest cities in the world for golfers. Here’s our pick of Edinburgh golf courses for city visitors:
Bruntsfield Links – for prestigious pars
Just 3 miles from the city centre, Bruntsfield is one of the oldest courses in the world with a golf heritage dating back to 1761. Establishing the quality of the course, it was recently chosen as a Qualifying Venue for the Open Championship. A million-pound redevelopment last year has re-positioned and improved bunkers, added a signature 16th hole and brought the course back to a Par 71.
https://www.bruntsfieldlinks.co.uk – Official Site
Duddingston Golf Club – for beautiful parklands
10 minutes from Edinburgh Old Town with views across of Holyrood Park, Duddingston Golf Club is set next to the winding Braid Burn stream in gently undulating Scottish parklands. Look out for the course’s feature hole known as “Temple” because of the relics of a monument standing near the flag. If you have a poor game, blame the views, they’re that distracting.
http://www.duddingstongolfclub.co.uk/ - Official Site
Musselburgh Links – for a taste of history
Playing 9 holes at Musselburgh is to experience a piece of golfing history. Until recently, Musselburgh claimed the title of world’s oldest golf course with a storied past that includes games played by Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1500’s and the hosting of the ‘Open’ six times between 1874 and 1889. To truly embrace the history of the course, you can hire hickory clubs for an ‘authentic’ golfing experience.
http://www.musselburgholdlinks.co.uk – Official Site
Prestonfield Golf Club – for city central golfing
For a golf day in the city centre, Prestonfield is less than 2 miles from Edinburgh’s Old Town. Laid out at the foot of Arthur’s Seat hillside, the course is a relatively young 98 years old. The James Braid design navigates through pretty parkland with enough tricky tees to keep most skill levels challenged. St Leonard’s, the course’s 17th hole is one of the tougher shots for first time course visitors to be aware of.
http://www.prestonfieldgolf.co.uk/ - Official Site
2018 Scottish Open
From July 11-15 the stunning Gullane Golf Club is the home for the 36th staging of Scotland’s national open. The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open sees four days of the world’s best golfers battle it out on some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging links. This Edinburgh golf experience has something on offer for the whole family, with live music, food and drink, and of course, golf. The club is 45-minute coastal drive from Edinburgh city centre.
Edinburgh Golf Accommodation
Ideally situated in the heart of the city is the Holyrood ApartHOTEL Edinburgh. Perfect for a weekend golf break in the city or for visitors to the Open. The hotel is less than 20 minutes’ drive from some of the world’s top rated and most historic courses and just 40 minutes’ drive from Gullane. The modern and fully equipped serviced apartments at Holyrood ApartHOTEL ensure more freedom than a traditional hotel experience, so you can enjoy tee-time when it suits you.
Explore the cobbled streets, taste whisky by the dram and discover a history of bagpipes and barons; Edinburgh has plenty of grown-up appeal. But even if Edinburgh’s rich history, architecture and food culture isn’t on the kids are-we-there-yet wish list, Edinburgh’s calendar of friendly events and must-see attractions promises a city stay that your wee bairns will love as much as you do. Take a look at our 2018 what’s on guide to see some of our favourite kid friendly events.
Family Friendly Stay
Ideally situated in the heart of the city is the Holyrood ApartHOTEL Edinburgh. Perfect for any length of stay and family friendly (not to mention budget-friendly), the Holyrood ApartHOTEL Edinburgh offers an ideal base for exploring the city, as well as being just moments from all the big family events of 2018, so after a long day with the kids, bedtime is never far away.