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Apex Hotels works closely with some of Edinburgh's top attractions. In a special guest blog Gillian Armstrong fromives a flavour of its most valuable collection.

Located just a few minutes walk from Apex International andotels, The Scotch Whisky Experience is a 5 star visitor attraction next to Edinburgh Castle. The Experience is home to a 5 star Whisky tour, a new Whisky shop with an interactive retail experience and Amber Restaurant.

The true jewel in the crown of every visit is The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. Collected by Brazilian, Claive Vidiz, the collection houses almost 3,500 bottles of Scotch Whisky and is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records. Guests can enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting of their dram within this remarkable collection.

A view of the whisky collection at the Scotch Whisky Experience

From humble beginnings of six lone bottles of Single Malt Whisky gifted by a Scottish business associate Claive's passion for collecting Scotch was ignited. For over 30 years Claive painstakingly amassed a collection with each bottle being individual and unique; he collected everything he could find from novelty decanters, to standard bottlings and valuable one-off limited editions creating a snapshot of 35 years of the Scotch Whisky Industry. Claive always hoped to return his collection to its birthplace and find a means of many people being able to enjoy the fruits of his life's passion. In 2009 he came to an arrangement with the distillers company Diageo and the collection was meticulously wrapped by fine art specialists and shipped over from his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil to Edinburgh. Here it is viewed by many thousands of visitors to The Scotch Whisky Experience each year.

Apex Hotels discount for The Scotch Whisky Experience : All Apex Kids (17yrs and under) go free when accompanied by a full paying adult on presentation of Apex key card. One free child admission per full paying adult.