NORTHERN IRELAND WHISKEY TRAIL

A full day trail departing from and returning to Dublin. We visit three working distilleries and you discover all the highlights of Northern Ireland along the way.

 

DEPARTURE FROM DUBLIN AT 9:30am

 

This morning we take you by rail from the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin to the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Your Whiskey Expert Host will meet you at the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin and in executive transport, you depart for the North. After crossing the border into Northern Ireland, we’re only a short distance from our first stop – Killowen Small Batch Distillery. 

Situated in the heart of the spectacular Mourne Mountains. Killowen Distillery is the creation of Brendan Carty who travelled across the globe for years and learned the secret to distilling premium Irish Whiskey.

The guys at Killowen will explain their unique whiskey making process followed by a tasting of gin, Irish coffee and new make spirit of choice: Peated or non peated. In Ireland the default is usually non peated so it’s a rare opportunity to try Irish peated, the way our cousins in Scotland do things!

GIN EXPERIENCE

 

We head for the little village of Crossgar next (stopping at a nice haunt for lunch on the way). We meet the folks at Rademon Distillery – Home of Shortcross gin & Single Malt Whiskey. At The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Shortcross Gin received a Gold Medal for ‘setting the standard for its category’. We’ll have a quick introduction to the gin process from Head Distiller at Rademon, David Boyd-Armstrong, and he will tell you all about his plans for his whiskey range coming soon. The tour ends in the tastings bar for a Shortcross gin masterclass. The combination of David’s passion and love for what he’s making and the style of the gin masterclass, makes our time at Rademon very unique.

 

STUNNING ARDS PENINSULA

 

Next, we take a ferry from Stangford that will connect us with the Ards Peninsula, a most beautiful part of Ireland. We soon arrive at at Echlinville Distillery, the first newly licensed whiskey distillery in Northern Ireland in over 125 years.

We’ll have a quick look at the facility which is a proper bona fide ‘field to glass’ distillery. All the barley is grown onsite and their whiskey is maturing in their onsite warehouse. We finish in the impressive Echlinville manor house for two samples of their flagship whiskeys (or gin) 

Once we say our goodbyes at Echlinville, we depart for Belfast, enjoying spectacular views out over Strangford Lough. You now enjoy some free time in Belfast before catching the 8.10pm train back to Dublin (your Whiskey Expert Host will accompany you throughout).

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NORTHERN IRELAND WHISKEY TRAIL

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