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fully escorted whiskey trails and distillery tours in ireland

Irish whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirit in the world and as a result the distillery scene in Ireland is booming! In 2020, our whiskey trails incorporate over 30 whiskey stops (in 2010 just five distilleries/brand homes were offering tours in Ireland). Want to drink some great whiskeys while you are in Ireland and take an off-the-beaten track adventure on our island in a day or longer?

Whether you are 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 our whiskey trails on the following pages. We have something to suit every traveller; from a half day tour in Dublin City, to a 10-day golf and whiskey tour along the west coast (golf and whiskey – a match made in heaven!). Call us today, at any time, and we can talk you through it all. 

We also do fun, comparative whiskey tastings at your hotel or venue. Fully tutored, our tastings offer an authentic experience, and the chance to learn something new while you’re here!

Our Story

Golf, Whiskey & The Wild Atlantic Way

Let us do the driving

While you Enjoy the whiskey

A father and son duo WITH A wealth of experience

The Whiskey Island management team comprises of John P. & John F. Callely. A father and son duo, both Johns have a wealth of experience between them, especially in the whiskey tourism domain.

John Senior worked for Pernod Ricard for 30 years, overseeing the successful development of both Jameson visitor centres in Dublin and Cork, both of which feature on our tours. He also oversaw the successful growth of Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland (a stop on our Northern Ireland tour). In recent years, John has been helping some of these new distilleries to get their visitor centres up and running and get them successfully on the tourism map.

John Junior has worked in Irish tourism since 1999. In his schooldays, he used to lead tours of the Jameson Distillery in Dublin. He has worked with Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland and for the most part he has worked with some of the country’s leading tour operators.

Both Johns have a lot of similarities; they’ve a great grá (Gaelic for love) for the Irish tourism offering, an immense pride of country and a great taste for a fine glass of Irish whiskey!

In 2014, John Sr prepared a paper on behalf of the Irish Whiskey Association on developing whiskey tourism on the island of Ireland. John Jr worked closely with him on this project in the background. The need for the development of premium whiskey tourism product was shouting off the page – and Whiskey Island was born…

John P. & John F. Callely of Whiskey Island

The benefits of touring with Whiskey Island

  • First of all, and most importantly, you cannot drink and drive in Ireland. It is illegal, and the limit is so low, that you are better off not drinking a single drop of alcohol before getting in behind the wheel. So if you pop into a few distilleries, and you have the car rental outside, you cannot sample the goods at the end of the tour! On our tours, you can enjoy the few glasses and relax on board our luxury transport between distilleries.

  • No chance of getting lost – many of these new distilleries are tucked away in the Irish countryside. Our professional and very experienced drivers will take you from stop to stop, without any problems.

  • No queuing – we have the relationships with the distilleries and book the tours as soon as you book with us. We get you to each distillery, in good time for your scheduled tour.

  • Small and intimate – our tours are capped at 15 pax. If you are a couple or a small family and want to do a tour privately, we can quote you for that.
  • We work closely with the distilleries to carefully formulate each distillery tour, avoiding repetition. For instance, there’s no need to go through the process of how to make whiskey at each distillery!

  • Relax! Sit back on our luxury coaches, take in the wonderful views and enjoy the commentary from our wonderful friendly Irish driver/guides. It’s not all about whiskey! You’ll be told all you need to know about each region as you pass through. The distillers themselves have wonderful stories to share, how they built their distilleries and how they make their whiskey.

  • Value. Check out the public rates at each distillery and calculate how much it will cost you to do it all on your own. For a small bit extra, we’ll take you to distilleries on your selected tour in comfortable and luxurious transport, and you are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides.