Ireland has a long history with the production of fine whiskey, and Old Kilbeggan Distillery remains the oldest licensed distillery in the country. Still producing aged whiskeys and allowing for distillery tours, a visit grants insight into the thoughtful process behind the beverage. Though production only recommenced in 2007, much of its historic equipment is still on display. The distillery’s exterior has also been kept in great shape over the years by locals, with its distinctive white-washed walls, brick and slate roof, and timber water wheel set against the Irish countryside.
It is here that visitors can taste some of the country’s best artisanal whiskey, made in large part how it has been made for centuries. For the most part the operation has been run by local families, continuing to create whiskey despite the odds and challenges. It’s an excellent way to see (and taste, if you prefer!) the traditional roots of Irish whiskey and how they continue today.
Located in the center of Ireland, Kilbeggan is a short distance from the M6 and about an hour’s drive from both Galway and Dublin. Choose from a standard, silver, or gold medal tour (differ based on tastings presented) or take a self-guided tour for €9.Tastings are included at the close of the tour. There’s also a restaurant on site.