Ask anyone who’s ever travelled to Edinburgh about their impression of Scotland’s capital and most will enthuse about the warm welcome they received. Whether it’s during the summer for the Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival, or during the winter for Hogmanay, Scotland’s new year celebration, guests are guaranteed to be swept up in the excitement of visiting a city with a Unesco world heritage site at its centre. At the heart of that generous greeting is whisky, Scotland’s national drink, and Edinburgh is the ideal location to begin exploring this amber nectar.
Five of the Best Whisky Bars in Edinburgh
The easiest way to get to grips with whisky’s regions and categories is with a glass of Scotch – more affectionately known as “a dram” – sitting in front of you. And Edinburgh is blessed with a plethora of whisky bars, stocked with Scotch from around the country and staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable bartenders who can help to unlock the secrets of “uisge-beatha”, the Gaelic name for the “water of life”.