3 - 3.5 hours
4 stops
Local food and culture
12 people maximum
English
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£59/ person
If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

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What you'll do

On our Secret Gin Tours: Edinburgh, you'll enjoy 6 different varieties of gin-based drinks from across Edinburgh and Scotland.

The city has a strong relationship with craft created gin. Over the last few years, our gin scene has exploded with locals drinking more gin than any other city in the UK. Our tour shares with you some of Scotland's finest gins and gin cocktails. We'll show you how one simple recipe can vary significantly from distillery to distillery. You'll be taken to some of our favorite places for craft gins and gin cocktails in Old Town, Southside, and Kirk o' Field.

  • Meet your guide and fellow gin lovers around the corner from one of Edinburgh's most iconic views, Victoria Street.
  • You'll taste six gin drinks in four stops. Three full drinks and three shots.
  • We'll visit Cowgate, one of the oldest streets in Edinburgh.
  • We'll enhance your experience with historic stories of this special neighborhood.
  • You'll enjoy a cocktail in Scotland's first dedicated gin bar.
  • We'll intertwine education and historic information while enjoying delicious drinks along the way.
  • We'll finish the tour in one of the newest distilleries in the city, where you'll sample gins and gin liqueurs that are made on-site.
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When you purchase our Upgraded Food Package, you'll enjoy the following:
  • Potato and chive pancake with haggis and bacon or a vegetarian Mushroom Risotto
  • Scottish oatcakes with Clava cheese, quince jelly, and pear


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*Please note: the itinerary and menu is subject to change, based on the locations' availability, weather, and other circumstances.


Health and safety precautions
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What you'll drink
DRINKS
  • Six unique Scottish gin drinks, including:
  • Three full drinks
  • Three shots
  • Our Secret Sip
  • For more drinks see upgrade above


Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

Health & Safety Standards

At Secret Food Tours we take your health and the health of our staff very seriously. To be sure that you can enjoy our tours with the maximum protection we have put in place some strict measures.

  • We have been certified by We're Good To Go
  • We make sure that all our partners and our own places are disinfected after each tour
  • All our guide have been trained on health and safety measures
  • Masks and hand sanitizers should be used on all our tours by our guides
  • Guests must bring their own mask
  • We keep our group small and we offer private tours

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Meeting Spot
Our meeting spot is outside the Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge. Please email us with any questions.

Mon - Sun 2:40 p.m.

Augustine United Church

Your guide will be waiting with an orange umbrella so they are easy to spot.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

WHY OLD TOWN, SOUTHSIDE AND KIRK O' FIELD?

The Old Town is an absolute must do on any trip to Edinburgh, with some buildings dating back over 900 years and some of the richest history in the city. As much as we avoid the Royal Mile on the tour, you'll still see some of Edinburgh's most recognisable sights.

Southside takes you away from the tourist hub and into an area popular with students and rich in local history. The Charmed Circle and South Loch were huge parts of that area and remain a part of Edinburgh's history, and most importantly, a big part of our gin culture.

Kirk o' Field is just a few minutes' walk from Southside and home to one of the most recognisable views in Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat. Holyrood Park goes around from the bottom of the Royal Mile to the south-east of the city centre and was formerly home to the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, also known as 'The Innocent Railway'. Our final stop is in the old warehouse of the railway and is a wonderful place to end our journey together.


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Frequently asked Questions
How do I order?

That is very easy! Go to our "Book Now" page, where we detail our tours. Select your tour and the time of your tour and book it! Are you looking for something special? Are you organising an event? Just email us at Group & Private Tours and we will do our best to arrange something that suits you. After your booking is made, we will send you an automatic e-mail confirmation. If you have any questions before booking, feel free to contact us via email.

*Please note if you are using a special promo code then enter it in the "Voucher Code" section before you select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase*

What is included in the food tour?

All the delicious food and drinks mentioned above, but if you want more alcohol (and who doesn't?) We offer a upgraded drinks package that gives you 2 drinks.

Where is the meeting spot?

You can find the meeting spot here and if it's not clear you can always contact us.

Where the tour will end?

Please take note that the tour ends at st Marys street which is about 3/4 of the way down the Royal Mile.

HOW CAN I CATCH UP IF I ARRIVE LATE FOR THE TOUR?

All guests must arrive on time but if you inform us before the tour starts about being late we can try to assist you by telling you where the guide is. Please call the number on the contact us page. We will try our best, yet we cannot promise that the guide can come back for you. Also, please note that unfortunately we cannot issue refunds.

IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY TO HAVE A TOUR WITH A GERMAN (ITALIAN, OR ELSE) SPEAKING GUIDE?

We only hold tours in English but do email us at [email protected] and we can see if there is a way to accommodate.

I CANNOT FIND ON THE WEBSITE HOW TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE TOUR. CAN YOU CHANGE IT FOR ME OR HELP ME IN ANY WAY?

Yes, of course! Please let us know your reference number and the date that you want your booking to be moved. We can do this as long as you give us 48 hours notice, the tour is running that day and we have space on the tour.

1) IF WE BOOK ONLINE, DO WE NEED TO PAY FOR A BOOKING FEE?
2) IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN PAY YOU DIRECTLY?

All customers have to pay a small booking fee charged by our ticket provider. 2) Yes! You can pay through Paypal, but Paypal also charges a fee so we have to add 4% onto the price.

WE HAVE TYPED THE CODE, BUT IT WON'T LET US BOOK. HOW ARE WE GOING TO USE THE CODE IF THE BOOKING WIDGET WON'T LET US?

Kindly give us the code and we will check this from our system.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE EDINBURGH FOOD TOUR IN THE EVENING?

Unfortunately due to closing times of some of our venues this is not possible.

Is your food tour suitable for a vegetarian or someone with other dietary requirements?

You can always tell our guide of any food allergies or special dietary requirements you might have, and we will adapt the menu so that you can enjoy the tour. If you have any doubt or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected] before booking. We have had many vegetarians doing the tour with us and they all enjoyed it very much.

I am traveling with my family, is the tour ok for infants/children?

Children are more than welcome to our tour and it's free for any child 2 years or under!! We have had many families attend from all over the world and everyone enjoyed the tour. Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for babies and very young children.

Is there enough food during your tour?

We give enough food to all our customers. Trust us: you will not need to go to the restaurant after the food tour!

Where do I add my discount voucher?
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I would like to take your tour but it is already fully booked. Is there a way I can do the tour?

Our tours are often sold out very quickly. If the date you requested is not available, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] and we can see if there is anything we can do. We cannot promise but we will try our best to sort something for you.

Is there a lot of walking?

To join our food tour, you should wear comfortable shoes. There will be around 1.5 hours of walking but it is not too difficult. If you walk slowly, then our guide will walk slowly as well.

How many people max are on this tour?

We take 10 people maximum. If you are more than 10 people, please do not hesitate to email us and we will try to see if we can accommodate.

I cannot find a way to print the confirmation. Is it OK if I have it on my phone?

You do not have to print your voucher. A confirmation on your phone will be fine!

If I purchase a voucher as a gift, or am given a voucher how long is it valid for?

All of our vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

Can I choose my own cheese and meat?

Our guide will take care of everything. Should you wish to try something special, please inform our guide and they will do his best to make you happy.

Where does your food come from?

We work with small restaurants and pubs in the area. The food and drink we buy is top-quality, fresh and local!

What if it rains or I change my plans?

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable in Edinburgh. We do not issue refunds as per our terms and conditions. We also inform you that we never cancel a booking even if we have only 2 people! However we do reserve the right to cancel the tour if we feel the weather is extreme, and we cannot run the tour due to this for more info see our Terms and Conditions: https://www.secretfoodtours.com/terms-and-conditions/

Can I pay the tour in cash?

You must book directly on our website. We do not accept cash payments. Our online payment is safe, secured and SSL protected.

Why do we need to pay for booking fee?

The booking fee that you have to pay is up to our ticket provider and we can't change it. All our clients need to pay for it upon booking. The booking fee charged contributes to the cost of the ticketing system to provide an excellent service to our customers.

Foreign Transaction Fees

A few banks have charged their customer an extra fee while booking with us (this isn't the booking fee but another fee added by the bank). We think this is unfair, if this happens let us know by showing us in your bank statement and we will refund this fee as a gesture of good will.

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