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Wee dram of Scottish whisky

Beware of any Scotsperson who invites you out for a 'wee dram', as no local has ever actually limited themselves to a 'wee dram.'

Nearby Attractions

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Edinburgh Castle
For nearly 1000 years Edinburgh Castle has shaped Scottish history as both a royal residence and a military stronghold.
Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is home to the country's spectacular collection of fine art.
Charlotte Square
This prestigious square is the architectural jewel of the New Town.
Dean Village
Located below Edinburgh Castle to the northwest, Dean Village is a quaint neighborhood with picturesque landscapes and idyllic pubs.
The Dean Bridge
Located at the heart of historic Dean Village, the bridge has come to be as much a picture spot as a transport link.
Dirty Dick's
Over the last century, Dirty Dick's has become an establishment of myth. Enjoy its candlelit ambiance and traditional amber ales.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour with an Edinburgh Local
Travel isn’t just about travel, it’s people, faces, food and cultures, fresh perspectives, discoveries and different ways of life - it’s about uncovering the city’s soul. It’s about connection. On your private, guided tour of Edinburgh with a local you will:

  • Enjoy meaningful insights from an Edinburgh local - including cheeky tales and and colloquialisms that only fellow Scots will understand!
  • Wander one of the city's most quaint neighbourhoods, Dean Village, with your private local guide 
  • Hear how locals describe Edinburgh- the experiences that have shaped their worldview from Brexit to their own independence movement. 
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, and tips for the best pub fare and whiskies in town and reassurance as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets.
  • Turn off the main drag and enjoy a wee dram (of whisky) or a coffee in your local guide’s favorite haunt. Alternatively, the city is known for its' botanical gins, so lighten things up with a G&T.
Learn first-hand what locals love about Edinburgh from someone who knows the place inside-out.
Despite centuries of bloody wars and battles, Edinburgh developed as a prosperous commercial city, trading wool, cattle and leather goods. Today Edinburgh’s mill-workers and tanneries have given way to besuited bankers, artists and some of the UK’s most beautiful boutique hotels. Called Auld Reekie by Scots, the unique character of the city has been immortalised in countless songs and prose. Edinburgh’s modern-day authors, including JK Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Irvine Welsh, and Ian Rankin helped secure its place at the forefront of European culture when UNESCO awarded the Scottish capital with the first City of Literature Award in 2004.  For visitors strolling Edinburgh is a joy, especially Dean Village, where handsome medieval buildings, cobblestone streets, spire-topped churches and historic Edinburgh Castle are backdropped by Pentland Hills.

Enjoying a private, guided tour with an Edinburgh local will help you discover the sights that tourists so often miss on its windy streets and punishing hills. From fairies to unicorns, hear the intriguing backstories and fantastical stories which bring Scotland to life. There is no substitute for spending an afternoon with a true Scot, who will not only help you swerve the tartan-splashed tourist traps and overpriced wool-ware, but who will show you the best places to pick up authentic mementos and one-of-a-kind whiskies. Your tour is immersive - bringing meaningful and like-minded interesting people together that would never meet if you stuck to the main tourist drag. Experience the humour, subtle nuances, social conventions and psyche of a place over a beer or coffee, and then jot down your guide’s real version of “the must-do Edinburgh.” 

Please note: due to COVID-19, pubs may be closed. Your guide will endeavour to find a place to have a drink, but given the extraordinary circumstances, this may not be possible. 
Private Tour of Edinburgh's Rose Street Pubs
A rich rich brewing and distilling tradition ensures Edinburgh is home to many of the UK’s oldest drinking establishments with local pubs (or ‘locals’) at the heart of communities city-wide. On your private, guided tour of Rose Street:

  • Soak up the cosy, old-fashioned atmosphere of Edinburgh’s historic pubs
  • Learn from your expert private guide about Scottish whisky culture on one of the city’s busy pub-lined streets
  • Imbibe the pub aroma of brass polish, yeast, hops and malt intermingled with the honeyed smell of Scotch whiskey and smouldering, smoky embers.
  • Visit three of the city’s 700 pubs (that’s one every 83 metres) in a population of 500,000.
  • Sip a pint of Scottish beer such as Belhaven Scottish Ale and Scottish Oat Stout.
  • Taste Scotch whiskey from independent distilleries, from single malts craft blends and more.
  • Hear fascinating tales of Edinburgh’s centuries-old pub culture
  • Enjoy a tasting of either a local beer or a wee dram of whisky at each of the three pubs.
From the Middle Ages’ spit-and-sawdust pubs that provided merriment for the poor to 19th century inns that offered an ear to life’s successes and misfortunes, pubs have been a cornerstone of Scottish society for centuries, serving as default venues for every occasion. Rose Street, a narrow traffic-free stone stretch running parallel to the main thoroughfare, is Edinburgh’s drinking heartland. Every pub in Rose Street has a tale to tell, from the bizarre and macabre to the curious. It is also famed in local lore for its drinking game – the Rose Street Challenge – in which pub-goers are dared to take a wee dram at every bar.

On your Tour of Edinburgh’s Historic Pubs, swerve the mediocre and over-hyped to seek out pubs with authentic character. Your tour guide - a local expert - will take you to three of the best pubs on Rose Street, where you will enjoy a pour of whiskey or a pint at each stop.  Nothing evokes bygone bars like the unmistakable smell of brass polish, yeast, hops and malt intermingled with the honeyed smell of Scotch whiskey and smouldering, smoky embers in the grate. Perchance you’ll enjoy a tipple at The Abbotsford Bar, built in 1902, and is famed for its eye-catching centerpiece island bay crafted from dark-brown Spanish mahogany, divided into small serving ports by intricately carved railings. Another curious haunt, Milnes of Rose Street, has been a popular poetic pitstop with generations of quill-wielding Scottish writers since 1910. With its mind-boggling array of whiskeys, Scotts is the oldest drinking establishments on the block, pouring its first pint in 1790 - when George III was on the throne. Bar yarns prevail at Dirty Dick’s, a dimly-lit beer joint built in 1859. Quirky artifacts ensure the decor is as oddball as its name, which honours a thirsty local man from centuries past who shovelled horse dung off the streets. No matter where you choose to pop into, each Rose Street pub will have a rich story to share with you 
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