A food and drink art tour is coming to Edinburgh this weekend - here's everything you need to know

Art fans are being offered a unique, guided tour this month, with the launch of the UK’s first ‘fine art crawl’.

Published 20th Nov 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Edinburgh Art Fair (EAF) sponsor Tobermory Distillery will launch the four-day celebration of fine art with a specially-curated tour of Edinburgh bars showcasing an array of art from around Scotland in a selection of pop-up galleries.

The Tobermory Studios will be a multi-sensory experience, with visitors being given the chance to sample a range of Scottish food and drink as the tour progresses.

Attendees can look forward to Tobermory whisky, Scottish oysters, whisky cocktails, Scottish cheeses, Tobermory gin and Highland venison, which will flavour each stop along the way.

Venues include Usquabae, Mather’s and Ryan’s Bar, which have been selected to feature a selection of art from across Scotland.

Edinburgh artists such as Yulia Allan, Allison Young, Karen Cairns, Ann Cowan, Graham Burrows and Clive Ramage will be featured in the bar’s pop-up galleries, and some of the artists themselves will also be on-location to share a rare first-hand perspective on their inspiration and process.

Tobermory Distillery Manager, Stephen Woodcock, said: “Creative expression is at the heart of everything we do at Tobermory, and with a distillery in the remote serenity of Mull and so much creativity coming from the colours and landscapes of the island, how could we not be inspired to bring this onto the mainland and into bars for everyone to see?

“The passion for art in nature is reflected in the spirits that we craft at the distillery, and that’s why we’re introducing the first ‘fine art crawl’ at Edinburgh Art Fair, for art lovers, whisky and gin lovers to experience.

“The Tobermory Studios tour will bring people to see art, hear stories from artists, and enjoy the best of Highland produce in locations they might not otherwise expect to – all while enjoying a dram.”

The multi-venue walking route, in the shadow of some of the city’s leading art galleries, aims to celebrate and deepen the appreciation of the profound fusion of natural materials, original inspiration and the drive to create, which guides the emergence of such finely crafted products - both those on the venue walls, and the Hebridean malt in their glass.

The two hour tours will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November from 2.30pm with tickets priced at £15.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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