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If you’re looking for something fun and unique to do this summer, you’ve come to the right place! To pay homage to Edinburgh’s famous plague doctors, we’ve teamed up with local herb and gin experts to bring you a very unique gin tour.
Explore the life and times of Edinburgh’s first plague doctor – Joannes Paulitius and journey back in time, discovering why herbs were thought to protect the doctor from the deadly plague epidemic. Along the way, you will enjoy a variety of gin creations.
Learn about the origins of gin production in the city, and why Mary King’s Close was at the centre of a thriving and bustling illicit trade. From the Dutch traded genever (gin’s precursor) to the adventures of local smugglers, and the distilling innovations that led to Edinburgh’s lengthy love affair with this chameleon spirit – there is a myriad of tales just waiting to be told.
What’s included in your Edinburgh Gin Tour?
When: Wednesdays and Sundays 22nd July to 31st August 2020
Price: £35 per person