whiskey tours & tastings, Ireland
fully escorted whiskey trails and distillery tours on the island of ireland
Ireland – the world’s hottest new whiskey destination!
In 2021, there are over 60 distilleries and brand homes on the island of Ireland. Most are open, the rest are work-in-progress. Most of these ‘whiskey stops’ are fully operational distilleries and they are dotted all over the island of Ireland, often taking you off the beaten tourism path.
Whiskey Island has access to all of these whiskey stops. We operate as a full service whiskey tour company. We create and operate bespoke whiskey trails for our guests. We carefully blend (pun intended!) a selection of memorable whiskey experiences on our trails with the best of Ireland along the way.
We also do comparative whiskey tastings for groups privately. We call to hotels and venues nationwide and deliver fully tutored tastings for groups of all nationalities. Our tastings make for a memorable authentic experience and they are a great event enhancement. The tastings are fun and you don’t have to be a whiskey connoisseur to enjoy and appreciate them!
Response to Covid-19
Whiskey Island has completed Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Infection Prevention Control for Tourism Businesses’ course. We have signed up to the COVID-19 Safety Charter and have completed a comprehensive COVID-19 hygiene and safety control training course.
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…