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From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours

From US$ 50.55 per person

Sample a superb selection of gin and whisky on this tour through East Lothian. Travel to a coastal village to sip one of the world's best gins, and savor whisky within a secluded distillery.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Sample an array of East Lothian’s best beverages
  • Wander around the picturesque seaside village of North Berwick
  • Taste a superb selection of gins at NB Distillery
  • Sample the malt whiskies at Glenkinchie Distillery
Full description
Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and travel to NB Distillery. This gin producer launched in 2013 with a mission to develop the perfect gin. Taste it yourself and find out whether they have accomplished their goal. The tour continues up the east coast to North Berwick, one of the most beautiful seaside villages of East Lothian. Browse the artisan shops in the village and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Leave the coastline and arrive at Glenkinchie Distillery, nestled in a peaceful glen. Founded in 1825, the distillery languished in obscurity for over 150 years before becoming an international brand at the end of the 1980s. Find out how the distillery became such a success and sample their Malt Whiskies. From here, it's a short drive back to Edinburgh, through golden wheat and barley fields.
  • Transportation by 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Small-group Tour with maximum of 16 people for a more personal experience
  • Admission/entry fees
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

All tours from Edinburgh depart from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note: From 1 February 2023 all tours from Edinburgh will depart from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
  • Minimum age to participate is 18 years of age
  • Restrictions of 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Very good, affordable tour with very educational and interesting study visits to Whiskey and Gin distilleries. Fun and entertaining guide on the bus. Everything was great except that it was only 30 minutes in the fishing village, so I hope it extends the time on the excursion so that everything can be done as promised

November 6, 2022

This was such a fun outing, and one that I would usually not book for myself (as a wine/beer type). What a happy surprise! The distillery tours were really interesting and conducted by lively knowledgeable guides who were also generous hosts (Helen, our whiskey guide, had them make a whiskey cocktail specially for me and another participant who also preferred not to drink it straight). For a quick lunch, North Berwick had an adorable high street, which was steps from the sea with gorgeous sweeping views. Guess what, gin is tasty! The gin hosts started us out with a G&T that was bright and crisp. Then they toured and poured more varieties as we sat and relaxed. The trip was made so inviting by Stefan, our guide and driver! It was just me and he was very welcoming. (Also funny, knowledgeable and generous when he could tell we wanted a quick photo stop on the drive home along the water). Perfect day!

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Product ID: 306623