Whisky Tour and Tasting at Holyrood Distillery

Created with Sketch. Holyrood Distillery, Saint Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, UK
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See first-hand how we make whisky at Holyrood with one of our guided tours. Discover how our distillery team utilises Edinburgh’s rich brewing history to explore new and innovative distilling methods. End on a guided tasting of 4 drams of our new make spirit. Discover the iconic Holyrood Distillery located in the heart of Edinburgh on this Holyrood Distillery Tour.

The Whisky Tour and Tasting at Holyrood Distillery gives you a rare opportunity to experience a working distillery up close. Your guide will walk you through our distillery, as you rub shoulders with our distillers busy making our whisky. You’ll be able to get up close to our production stages on the distillery floor,  with a view of our mash tuns, fermentation tanks, washbacks, and stills.

Scotland is synonymous with Scotch Whisky. There are over 100 actively producing distilleries, you are spoilt for choice! However, there is a new kid on the block, the Holyrood Distillery in Edinburgh. This distillery boasts the title of the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years!

The Holyrood Distillery Tour includes a full visitor experience. This includes a great whisky bar and shop. The guided tour is a flavour-focused experience. Explore how gin and whisky are made and the science behind the processes. The tour is a hands-on sensory experience. There are many opportunities for tasting and nosing en route through the hour. Enjoy this interactive exploration through the production of ‘The Water of Life’. Learn about the distillation process and of course taste a few samples of their fine product. (non-alcoholic samples available for those under 18).

After the tour, explore the distillery shop. See a showcase of unique spirits, as well as a rare and vintage whisky collection. Remember your visit and grab yourself a gift or souvenir.

The Holyrood Distillery Tour in Edinburgh is the perfect city-centre experience.


  • Discover our first step of whisky production, how we use heritage barleys to create a whisky with unique texture and mouthfeel
  • Experience a hands on look at specialty malts, each with their own unique character, colour and flavour, and gain a greater understanding of how using varying roasted malts sets the tone of our whiskies
  • Gain a greater understanding of how yeast strains build flavour, and how we use yeasts from brewing, distilling and wine production, to create new exciting whisky
  • Through tasting our New Make Spirit you will experience how each component you have explored impacts our final recipe. The texture from heritage malts, the tone of specialty malts and the flavour nuances created by our yeast selection


  • 4 x 10ml samples of our New Make Spirit

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. Holyrood Distillery, Saint Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, UK


Where is the distillery?
The distillery is located next to the popular Holyrood Park, roughly a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Royal Mile.
Do I need to bring identification?
Yes, you will need to bring identification if you intend to sample the drinks on offer. Valid driving license or passports are accepted.
Are children allowed to take part?
Under 5's are free and tickets are available for children 5 to 17 years of age.
Are dogs allowed?
Only qualified guide dogs are allowed on tours.


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