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Address: 172 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DF, Scotland
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+44 131 556 5864
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30

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Great Whisky Store

Just came across this as we strolled down the Royal Mile. Great place to visit and buy whisky. The guys are very friendly, helpful and obviously knowledgeable about whisky. No... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just came across this as we strolled down the Royal Mile. Great place to visit and buy whisky. The guys are very friendly, helpful and obviously knowledgeable about whisky. No hard sell - they're just happy to talk them you about whisky. Lots of recommendations for bottles you don't get in the supermarket. Not too pricey - got 2 great... More 

Thank WoodyMJL
Georgetown, Canada
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everywhere it seems in Edinburgh you trip over a shop selling whiskeys. This one is so different. The staff know there stuff, they aren't pushy nor are they pretentious. The young man was kind and attentive and really answered our questions. I ended up purchasing a bottle to compare with the Lagavulin 8 year. Can't wait to taste test. If... More 

1 Thank BBhasthetravelbug
Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in at Cadenhead during our walk up the Royal Mile... the selection and knowledge of the staff was amazing. We were able to try a couple of samples and even though I had just come from Islay I ended up buying a couple of minis from distilleries I'd not heard of. I could have spent all day there... More 

Thank Kayley N
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Cadenhead's establishment en route to Edinburgh Royal Mile and was blown away by the exceptional service received. The associates were very informative, professional and friendly. My husband was in "whiskey heaven".

Thank DulceHeartSF
Dublin, Ohio
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Okay, this shop is not your usual tourist hotspot with free tastings for the masses and sales people simply trying to get your money. It's a wonderful little establishment run by serious-minded, yet personable and helpful single malt aficionados. They're very knowledgeable and truly do their best to make sure you'll be happy with your purchase. After telling the young... More 

Thank REITseller
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Yet again, Caden Head has proved to be my favourite shop in Edinburgh (along with The Elephant House). The owner has the loveliest little Cairn Terrier, Maggie. All the staff are very kind and generous with their time and know so much about whiskey. This time in addition to my usual Highland whiskey, I bought some Campbeltown - which is... More 

Thank BrisbaneDrL
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Went to buy a certain whisky. Hours are listed as Mon - Sat, 10AM - 5PM. At 3PM on a Tuesday, they were locked up tight. No sign to explain.

Thank Pinecone-sw
Easdale C, Manager at Cadenhead's, responded to this review

Very sorry you found the shop closed but the only Tuesday we were closed was the 3rd of January . As we had been open all through the Christmas and New Year period we have to give staff some time off so were closed 1st,2nd and 3rd January. We are open 10.30am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday at all other times of year. More 

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77 reviews
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Cozy rustic shop located on the Royal Mile close to the Scottish Parliament could not have been more charming or fun. Josh greeted me warmly and as if i were on a whiskey tour, he explained what I might enjoy based on my preferences. He generously offered tastings and I ended up buying a couple of bottles straight from the... More 

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Reviewed 27 November 2016

Our visit to Scotland was strictly for scotch tasting for my husband birthday - Cadenhead's is a MUST stop!!! We were a given this place from a friend who had visited in the past year - nothing less than outstanding!! the people were nice, informative and gracious with their tastings! You can taste whats on the board or in the... More 

Thank Dru M
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to get a gift for my husband and after a few questions, the very knowledgeable gentleman who was assisting me gave me three choices that he thought would be good in several price points. The gift was a big hit. Perfect.

Thank Denise B

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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