A Taste of Scotland's Craft Beer & Whisky
1 day tour

  • Kingsbarns Distillery
  • St Andrew's Cathedral
  • Lindores Abbey Distillery
  • Innis & Gunn Brewery
  • Kingsbarns Distillery stills

Drink in the history and flavours of Scotland’s booming drinks industry on this tour to our favourite artisan distillers and brewers.

Tour map

Highlights

Cathedrals
Distilleries
Universities
Beaches

Places you explore


Kingsbarns Distillery - Established in 2014, this freshly converted barn is your chance to see a state-of-the-art distillery in action.

St Andrews – This town boasts the oldest university in Scotland, legendary coastal views, and enough local bars to keep the students very happy.

Lindores Abbey Distillery – The first written records of Scotch Whisky were found here, so this distillery has become a Mecca for aficionados.

Innis & Gunn Brewery – Take a taste of one of the beers here and you’ll understand why this is one of Scotland’s most successful brewers.


Your journey


It’s no secret the Scots know how to make a great drink.

Whisky is exported globally, the country produces 70% of the UK’s gin, and there are records that the brews even impressed the ancient Greeks 2,000 years ago.

So, now it’s time for you to discover the full-on flavours on this tour to our favourite artisan distillers and brewers.

You travel to Kingsbarns, where an old farm has been transformed into a working distillery; you visit Lindores Abbey, the spiritual home of whisky with a modern twist; and you explore the Innis and Gunn Brewery, one of the tastiest craft beers in Scotland.

Join this tour and celebrate one of Scotland’s most ancient and notorious traditions.


Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 08.45 (tour departs at 09:00) - Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Finishes (approx.)
18:30
Luggage
You’re restricted to 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) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, and seniors over 60

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Unfortunately we don't carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You leave Edinburgh and travel over the Queensferry Crossing.

You enter the Kingdom of Fife and make your first stop of the day at Kingsbarns Distillery. This old farm has been beautifully converted, and on the optional tour you can learn about this area’s ancient connection to whisky production.

From here, we continue north to the Medieval town of St Andrews. This town is home to the third oldest university in Britain and a beautiful ruined castle. Take a break here for lunch and sample some of the local brews.

After this, you take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first ever recorded distiller in the country. Learn about the first whisky made in Scotland and sample their ‘Aqua Vitae’.

We continue onto Perth and the Innis and Gunn Brewery. This innovative brewer is making some of the most exciting beers and ales on the market, and you have the chance to taste the fresh beers in their very own tap room.

From here, it’s a short drive back to Edinburgh.

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FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer

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