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A gin distillery was crowned Edinburgh’s best place to visit

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Pickering’s, whose gin baubles broke the internet and continue to enthrall, has been named best visitor attraction in Edinburgh, Lothian and the borders by Visit Scotland.

Summerhall Distillery, the powerhouse behind Pickerings, was awarded the title at the Central and East Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Final yesterday.

Its tours enlighten gin loving guests on the history of gin and the process behind Pickering’s. All Pickering’s gins are distilled, waxed and bottled in the tiny 400 square operation.

The tour, Gin Jolly, is kicked off with a complimentary G&T (AKA Pickering’s & tonic) at the Royal Dick Bar next door in Summerhall.

And the question on all of your minds? The tour includes tastings of Pickering’s three core gins: Pickering’s Gin, Pickering’s Naval Strength and Pickering’s Original 1947.

The former veterinary school turned arts venue is a creative hub that hosts live shows, theatre and, luckily for visitors to Edinburgh, a tiny distillery.

Besides, Pickering’s was only launched in 2014. The distillery is also noteworthy for being Edinburgh’s first exclusive gin distillery in 150 years.

Groups of up to 20 can tour the distillery by appointment for £10 a pop from Thursday to Sunday.

To be sure, Edinburgh — and Scotland generally — is a fabulous place to be if you like gin. What do YOU think is best place to visit in Edinburgh for gin lovers?


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