Edinburgh Old Town
Explore the medieval old town of Edinburgh, spanning from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace at the bottom. A walking or driven tour through 800 years of history learning the traditions and stories of the medieval city and its influence on the modern world.
We’ll see famous sites in the old town including The Grassmarket, Victoria Street, St Giles Cathedral, John Knox House and Bakehouse Close as featured in Outlander. At the bottom of the mile see Queen Mary’s Wash house, The Scottish Parliament and the Canongate Kirk.
The once separate Duddingston village on the perimeter of the Royal park is a hidden enclave of the city best known by the locals. Visit Duddingston Church and hear about its impact on the world, explore the narrow cobbled streets and visit Scotland’s oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn, established (established 1360).
We’ll then travel the short journey east out of Edinburgh and into the rural agricultural East Lothian region to visit Glenkinchie Distillery. Glenkinchie is nestled into the glen of the Kinchie Burn near the picturesque village of Pencaitland. Given its proximity to Edinburgh, it is known as ‘The Edinburgh Malt’. Despite its proximity to the capital city it is little known on the international Whisky map because of its size, ability to compete with larger and more established distilleries on the international market and various periods of inactivity.
The distillery is a major contributor to the Johnnie Walker blend and in 2020 the visitor experience has been re-imagined to be a taste-led exploration through whisky distilling. Glenkinchie is now ‘The Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker’ and offers visitors a world class visitor centre and tour, sampling both Glenkinchie’s own single malts and the Johnnie Walker blends it contributes too.
Please note that the Glenkinchie Flavour Journey Tour lasts around 1.5 hours and is £15 per person