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There are over 20 distilleries and whiskey visitor attractions throughout Ireland. Many of the new micro-distilleries are tucked away in the Irish countryside and if you arrive at their door for a tour, don't be surprised if they're right in the middle of distilling.
At the smaller distilleries, you're literally meeting the folks behind the brands. Take Pádraic of Connemara Distillers. Pádraic is a 6th generation distiller and he is making his very own poitín at a secret distillery at a famous pub in Galway. He remains respectful of traditions and customs set by his forefathers, such as leaving a jar of poitín outside the door of the distillery for ‘the good people’ - spirits of people no longer with us. Leaving the jar outside is a gesture and a toast to them - it is considered respectful and is meant to bring good luck.
Irish whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirit in the world and as a result the distillery scene in Ireland is booming! Whiskey Island tours incorporate a total of 22 distillery visits (in 2013, just five distilleries were offering tours in Ireland).
Whether your part of a group planning a trip to Ireland, or an individual looking for ways to make your trip to Ireland memorable and very special, check out the range of tours on offer by Whiskey Island. The company offers tours to suit every traveller, from a half day tour in Dublin City, to an 8-day golf and whiskey tour along the west coast (golf and whiskey – a match made in heaven!). The company can also provide fun, comparative whiskey tastings at your hotel or venue. Tastings offered by Whiskey Island give you an authentic experience, and the chance to learn something new while you’re here!
Whiskey Island offers a menu of fully escorted whiskey trails and distillery tours to the four corners of Ireland. The tours have whiskey at the heart of them, but there’s lots of essential sight-seeing along the way. Sit back and relax on their luxury coaches, let them do the driving, allowing you to enjoy the whiskey.
For more information see www.whiskeyisland.ie or contact Whiskey Island at: