With Irish whiskey being the fastest growing premium spirt in the world, the whiskey distillery scene in Ireland is booming at the moment! Many new state-of-the-art distilleries are opening their doors to guests from all over the world, whilst older distilleries are becoming more advanced with improved facilities. There are distillery tours in Ireland that are simply not to be missed.
Royal Oak Distillery
Located on an 18th century estate in Ireland’s Ancient East region, the Royal Oak Distillery is one of Ireland’s largest operational whiskey distilleries, being able to produce 650,000 cases or 8 million bottles of whiskey a year. What makes it even more unique, is that it’s also the first to distil all three types of Irish whiskey under one roof – pot still, malt and grain. This unique distillery offers visitors the perfect opportunity to relax and learn about the history of Royal Oaks Estate, whilst smelling and tasting the premium hand-crafted whiskies. Visitors also have the chance to stroll around the 40-acre picturesque setting at Holloden House, a stately home built around 1755.
Along the banks of the Blackwater River in the small village of Ballyduff lies Blackwater micro-distillery, producing single malt and pot still Irish whiskey and gin. In 2018, it was announced that Blackwater Distillery is the 21st operational Irish whiskey distillery, and one of the first in the world to feature blockchain technology. Blackwater only opened its doors to the general public for tours early this year, inviting guests in to taste its 17-year-old whiskey and popular range of Blackwater Irish gin, and learn about the infamous Blackwater River.
The Dingle Distillery is one of Ireland’s leading, family owned independent distilleries, located in the Wild Atlantic Way. Having established only seven years ago in 2012, Dingle Distillery’s first whiskies were released in late 2016, and in 2017, the distillery became the first independent Irish distillery to release a single pot still whiskey in several decades. Now, Dingle Distillery also produces and markets Dingle vodka and Dingle gin. The tour of the facility allows guests to witness the entire production process, learn about the products and sample the spirits.
Dublin Liberties Distillery
Priding itself as ‘Dublin’s newest distillery experience’, the Dublin Liberties Distillery is a state-of-the-art distillery set in the historic area of The Liberties. The walls of this distillery have been standing for around 400 years, from grinding flour for local bakeries as a busy mill, to preparing rabbit pelts and animal hides as a tannery. It’s certainly seeped in history. Now housing a whiskey distillery, drinks including ‘Oak Devil’ and ‘Copper Alley’ are produced inside. The Liberties’ Whiskey is heavily inspired by the area’s rebellious past and the tour allows guests to find out why.
Amongst the sweeping drumlins of Ards Peninsula in County Down, you’ll find Echlinville Distillery, Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years, distilling its first spirit in 2013. As home to some of the north’s well-known spirts such as Dunville’s Irish Whiskey and Jawbox Gin, Echlinville Distillery has established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s spirts resurgence. The distillery stands proudly beside the 19th century Echlinville Manor House, former home to the Echlins, who were once one of the most influential families in Ireland. The distillery tour aims to give visitors a real insight into the workings of Northern Ireland’s first licenced distillery in over 125 years.
Rademon Estate Distillery
Visitors from all across the world are welcomed into Rademon Estate Distillery, where whiskey is produced on one of the oldest and most historic estates in the whole of Ireland. The first foundations of the distillery were laid in the summer of 2013, and since then it has grown and expanded to a glass still house which holds its stunning copper stills. Tour guests will hear directly from David Boyd-Armstrong, Head Distiller, who founded Rademon Estate Distillery with his wife Fiona. The couple who are originally best known for their award-winning Shortcross Gin simply stepped into the whiskey game after receiving training at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
You can visit all of these distilleries across 6 days with Best of Scotland Holiday’s Ireland’s Whiskey Trail package. This package includes 4/6 nights’ accommodation in four or five star hotels, as well as full day transportation each day, plus much more!
Find out more about Ireland’s Whiskey Trail package here.