Guided tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour and Beer Tasting

Activity provider: ScotBeer Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Walking Tour and Beer Tasting

Activity provider: ScotBeer Tours

From US$ 49.03 per person

Discover Edinburgh through beer. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town and Southside while tracing the history of Scotland through beer with stops for narrated tastings of local brews.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Learn how Scotland became the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world
  • See the impact beer money had on the city's architecture
  • Taste great beers from across Scotland
  • Explore beyond the tourist areas and head where the locals go
Full description
Enjoy a unique walking tour of Edinburgh's historic Old Town tracing the history of the city through beer from the 1100's right through today's vibrant craft beer scene. Setting off from the Royal Mile, you'll discover how Edinburgh grew to become the most important city in the world for brewing and how beer money shaped the city's development. You'll hear stories of rivalry, global expansion, politics, geography and science. Along the way you'll stop for tutored tastings of Scotland's award winning beers. You'll also be introduced to the raw ingredients and science of brewing and the expert guides will help you discover flavours you'll love. This tour is for history lovers or beer lovers who'd like to discover the authentic story of Edinburgh's development and experience the exciting local craft beer scene. Tours are limited to 12 people so that your expert local guides can answer all your questions and help you discover your new favourite drink. You'll be entertained, informed and refreshed!
  • Fully guided tour
  • Tutored tastings
  • Beer for tastings
  • Local pub guide
  • Additional beer after tastings
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the tour start. Meet your guide on the pavement outside the Visit Scotland iCentre. Your guide will be holding a yellow umbrella.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Dietary requirements should be advised in advance
  • Beer can only be served to guests aged 18 and over
  • Venues are required to check ID for anyone who appears under 25 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 101 reviews

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Interesting and insightful tour including history of the city as well as brewing in Edinburgh. Beers were selected based on what we said we liked, leveraging our guides encyclopedic knowledge of local breweries. Our guide talked us through the tasting process to enhance how we experienced each of the beers. It was awesome, highly recommended.

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March 24, 2023

Absolutely fantastic tour, Sara has an incredible knowledge of beer, beer tasting and its history in Edinburgh. We sampled a number of local beers in a few pubs of a ranging variety, learning how they're made differently and what makes each unique. Would thoroughly recommend to both long-time drinkers and newbies alike. (Recommend a good lunch before hand as you'll probably stay in the final pub until it closes!)

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March 24, 2023

Some may think that 40ish pounds is expensive, but considering it takes two hours and it consists 4 places and 8 beers (not full pints, obviously) it really isn't. Tour takes you away from Royal Mile to side street pubs ond on the way there are some history lessons as well about the Edinburgh, Scotland and beer. Variety of beers (or actual brands) for tasting probably varies, but I guess an IPA, some dark beers and exotic sour beer are always on the menu.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 120247