Our Gin School

About the Gin School

From splash to sip. The site of the 1881 Distillery Gin School sits on what was once the original hotel swimming pool (a long, long, time ago). A lot has changed since then – these days you’ll find 26 individual copper stills neatly lined in rows and glass jars brimming with botanicals – but the same water still flows down from the hills and into the Hydro as it did 140 years ago.

3-Hour Gin Distiller Experience

This is our ultimate class…We will kick things off with a large gin and tonic to welcome you, followed by an extensive tour around our very own distillery. You’ll get to see exactly what happens behind the scenes at every step of the gin distilling process.

Our distiller will guide you through a distilling class creating and crafting your very own 70cl bespoke gin. We’ll even hold on tight to your recipe card as it does come in handy if you’d like to recreate your gin for birthday presents, special occasions or wedding favours.

Thursday- Sunday Starting at 15:00

- Welcome meal

- Distillery tour

- Gin tasting

- Gin distilling class

- 70cl personalised bottle of gin

- 10% off in the Gin Shop (excludes online)

- £95 per person

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Gin Distillery Tour

As well as our gin experiences, we also offer tours of our gin distillery. Of course we’ll begin with a glass of G&T in hand before a lesson in Hydro history and all things gin. Then the tour will move to our gin distillery where you’ll see our famous copper still ‘Felicity’ in action and taste a few of our favourite 1881 gins.

Thursday- Sunday Starting at 13:00

- £30 Per person and includes…

- Welcome drink and savoury nibbles

- 1881 Distillery tour & gin tasters with tonic

- Two 250ml 1881 G&T in a can to take home (Double Gin &tonic!)

- 10% off in the Gin Shop (excludes online)

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Overnight Package at Peebles Hydro – Gin Distiller Experience

There’s a time and a place to be the designated driver and this is not it. We’re just under an hour’s drive from Edinburgh city centre, with plenty of parking and 132 bedrooms (not to mention two restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and spa – need we go on?). Take a look at the full Peebles Hydro Hotel Here.


- 3-hour Gin Distiller Experience – tour and make your own gin

- Overnight stay for 2 in a double or twin room

- £25 per adult to spend towards dinner in our main restaurant

- Use of leisure facilities and swimming pool

- Hearty Scottish breakfast the next day

- 10% off in the Gin Shop (excludes online)

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