Whisky in Edinburgh and The Lothians

The Lowland region lies South of an imaginary line that runs from Greenock on the West coast of Scotland to Dundee in the East. Most of the Lowland malts produced in this region end up in blends, but there are a still a few single malts available to try from this region.

Malts from this region are light in colour and have quite a dry finish. The dryness comes from the malt itself, not from peat as Lowland malts tend to be produced with unpeated malt. You may also find a certain sweet fruitiness to the flavour. Lowland malts are regarded as an excellent aperitif.

Your host will be happy to advise you on the best transport links and routes to follow for your Distillery tour

Generally speaking, Lowland region whiskies are mellower than whiskies from the Highlands, and are very much appreciated by those new to malt whisky and experienced malt drinkers alike.

Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh

Opened in July 2019, this is Edinburgh's first new single malt distillery in nearly 100 years. Situated next to Holyrood Park in a former Victorian railway building, the distillery produces a range of single malts, gins, liqueurs and other spirits. The visitor centre offers guided tours and tastings. Open daily.

B&Bs near Edinburgh: Arden House, Parkhead House, Hopetoun, Strawberry Bank House B&B

Glenkinchie

Glenkinchie is situated close to Edinburgh and represents the lowlands with a good, light, quality whisky . Here you will find the museum of Malt Production. Along with five other Lowland distilleries, Glenkinchie in 1914 formed Scottish Malt Distillers, which later merged with another group to form the Distiller’s Company Ltd which went on to become Diageo. Being close to Edinburgh, this distillery is very popular with tourists and attracts around 400,000 visitors per year. Visit Scotland 5 star attraction. Open for tours.

B&Bs near Glenkinchie: Easter Glentore Farm, Arden House, Parkhead House, Hopetoun, Strawberry Bank House B&B

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