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Glenkinchie Distillery

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Address: Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian, EH34 5ET  Tel: 01875 342004
Operated by: Diageo
Opening Hours: Summer: March to October: Daily 10 am to 5 pm (last tour at 4pm)
Winter: November to February: Daily 10 am to 4 pm (last tour at 3pm)
Closed 25 - 26 December, and 1 January
Admission: Basic Tour (includes 2 tastings)- £ 10 per adult, £7 concession rate, £4 for Under 18's, Children under 8 yrs are not permitted in production areas
Shuttle Bus + Tour (includes 2 tastings) - £ 22 per adult, £16 per child (17 - 8 yrs old), £ 19 concession rate - Call 01875 342012 to book the bus and tour.
Please note: For an extra £4, you can have 4 whisky tastings instead of the basic 2.
Parking: Yes
Languages: English speaking guides, Information sheets in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
Accessibility: Yes (except to the fermentation area)
Toilets: Yes
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No


Glenkinchie is the nearest malt whisky distillery to Edinburgh, and the producer of the so called “Edinburgh Malt”.

They now operate a shuttle bus from the City Centre so this is a distillery visit that you can enjoy to the full without worrying about staying sober for the drive back to Edinburgh. Call the distillery at 01875 342012 to book the bus. The bus departs from Waterloo Place at the east end of Princes Street: Daily at 10:00 & 13:30.

Glenkinchie distillery is located to the south of the pretty village of Pencaitland, which is south-east of Edinburgh. Because of its closeness to Scotland’s capital city, the distillery is a popular stopping point for tourists, and it is well signposted on the A6093.

Glenkinchie distillery also houses a  museum about Malt Whisky production, and you can visit this while waiting for your tour to begin. In the museum there is an example of an illicit still, a large scale model of a distillery, a variety of displays and a video introducing the other malts in the Classic Malt collection.

The distillery tour spends about 20 minutes in the museum before taking you on a 40 minute tour of the production areas. Most of the production areas are accessible by wheelchair, but the Mash Tuns can only be reached by a staircase.

A noteworthy feature of Glenkinchie is the fact that it has the largest stills in Scotland, with a volume of 30,963 litres.

After your tour you get a glass of the Glenkinchie 12yr old and you may try a sample from one of a variety of other whiskies to compare the difference in flavours. The tasting room is quite  modern and stylish in its design and looks like a fashionable bar. Not the sort of traditional look and feel that you might expect in a Scottish distillery.

You may enjoy shopping for a whisky here, as the shop is stocked with some very rare and interesting varieties that you seldom find in places other than specialist whisky shops. If you take the tour you get a £5 discount on any whisky bottle purchases.

Glenkinchie Distillery - Exterior Glenkinchie Distillery - Mashtuns Glenkinchie Distillery - Whisky shop

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