Best distilleries to visit in Ireland

The 7 Best Distilleries In Ireland

While there is no shortage of breweries and distilleries to visit while in Ireland, some are more scenic than others. These are the best distilleries to visit in Ireland.

From Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, these are the best distilleries to visit while touring the island nation.

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1. Old Bushmills Distillery – Co. Antrim

Bushmills is the oldest continually running distillery in all of Ireland, and rightly so since it’s been around since 1608. They’re known around the world and make for a great day trip from Belfast. The facility is just one hour outside of the city and near the Giant’s Causeway. Go for a tour and tasting or plan to attend a dinner event.

Best Irish distilleries to visit

2. Jameson Distillery Midleton – Co. Cork

Established in the 17th century, the old distillery just opened as a museum and visitor’s centre in 1992. This is still where all Jameson is produced today, too. Though this might be the best-known Irish whiskey globally, don’t skip out on dining here too. So make time for lunch before the tour and tasting.

Best distilleries to visit in Ireland

3. Teeling Whiskey Distillery – Co. Dublin

This relatively new distillery was established in Dublin in 2015, providing an easy opportunity to experience an Irish whiskey distillery without leaving the city. Though Dublin was once the world capital of whiskey distilling, this is the first new operation to open in 125 years.

So, schedule an afternoon tour followed by a great lunch at an Irish pub in the city centre.

Best distilleries in Ireland

4. Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery – Co. Dublin

Set in Dublin’s former St. James Church, the building has been modified into a beautiful distillery. They specialise in small batch whiskey and offer tours and tastings. If you only have a short period of time, this is a great option.

5. Dingle Distillery – Co. Kerry

Located along the western craggy coast, Dingle Distillery’s entire production is manual. The staff is friendly and the tour is great complete with gin, vodka and whiskey tastings. So, come with snacks or plan on eating after your tasting.

6. Kilbeggan Distillery – Co. Westmeath

Located in central Ireland, this distillery is set on the Brosna river. The operation offers a picturesque tour and tasting and time to settle into the cozy café for a while. The grounds are beautiful, so you’ll want to stay awhile. Keep an eye out for the 1757 distilling license that’s hung inside the distillery.

7. The Echlinville Distillery – Co. Down

Located east of Belfast, this is an unusual distillery experience in a sleek and modern facility. They offer tea, coffee and cakes prior to the tour to warm up on cold days. The staff are incredibly helpful, knowledgable and friendly, which certainly elevates the overall experience. So come with questions and enjoy the interactive tour.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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