Bidding on whisky with Royal Mile Whisky Auctions is easy, and should you secure a lot then our shipping service is secure and with highly competitive rates. We also believe strongly that a truly fair and open auction is a great way to set a price, but only if certain rules are in place. We believe our ethics are unique in the whisky auction industry, so click here to be reassured why RMWA is the best site for bidders.

Registering As A Buyer

All bidders need to register as a customer with a credit or debit card, but this process is easy and quick. All you need to do is fill out your address details and your credit card or debit card number as you would when making an online purchase.

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Once the auction is live and you are registered you can enter the maximum amount you are prepared to pay for the lot. If you have the highest bid and someone else bids on the lot the total will increase in set increments (detailed below) to the next highest amount above the other bid. If you are outbid we will let you know by email. Our bidding increments are as follows:

Price Range Increment
£0 - £24.99 £1.00
£25.00 - £49.99 £2.00
£50.00 - £99.99 £5.00
£100.00 - £499.99 £10.00
£500.00 - £999.99 £25.00
£1,000.00 - £1,999.99 £50.00
£2,000.00 - No Limit £100.00

If any lot receives a bid within two minutes before a lot ends, the lot continues for a further three minutes. This system prevents bidders with sniping software having an unfair advantage over other bidders, and we feel it is the best way to find a fair market price. This process may extend lots by a few hours, depending on activity.

Paying For Your Lots

Should you win a bottle, we will issue an invoice after the end of the auction. Please be aware that all lots are subject to a buyers commission of 10% of the hammer price. VAT is not applicable to the hammer price of the lot but is applied to commission and any further charges.

We will expect you to make payment within 3 working days to allow us to pay the seller. At the point of payment our shops in London, Edinburgh and Pitlochry can be selected as collection points and you will not be charged for shipping. Please note it may take a few days to transfer these bottles after payment, so please get in touch if you are in a hurry.


Our sister company, Royal Mile Whiskies, has a large mail order business, and has sent thousands of parcels a year for over a decade. They will be securely packed with skill and care. Similarly, as we send large volumes of parcels our courier rates are very competitive. Please note that the tables below are based on a 70cl bottle with no extra packaging and that actual shipping charges are calculated by the weight of the individual bottle and all associated packaging:

1. UK Delivery Costs

UK Mainland (excluding Scottish Highlands)

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Islands

Isle of Man

Isle of Wight

Northern Ireland


2. European Delivery Costs

Zone 1

Zone 2
Belgium, France, Netherlands & Luxembourg

Zone 3
Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain & Greece

Zone 4
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Rep, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia

Zone 5
Iceland, Norway & Switzerland


3. Global Delivery Costs

Zone 6
Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan & New Zealand

Zone 7

Zone 8
South Africa

Zone 9
United States Of America



Please note:

  • Unfortunately we cannot offer weekend delivery; all deliveries are Monday to Friday.
  • Prices are based on a standard 70cl bottle (delivery costs can vary for heavier products, this will be automatically calculated at point of invoicing).
  • If you have any concerns about the tracking on your parcel or the lot itself please contact us on +44 (0) 131 524 9389 or email us on
  • Please be aware that if we are shipping your lots outside of the UK you may be subject to import duties, local taxes and customs administration charges. The recipient will be responsible for payment of these duties, taxes and charges, in full. Please contact your local Customs office to get more information.