About the kilbeggan distillery

The Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland. Dating back to 1757 a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest.

Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery in the past and the importance the local community had on what you see today. You’ll see the old mash tuns and fermenters, still in their original positions. You can also get close to the iconic waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery and kept whiskey flowing through Kilbeggan.

A stroll across the courtyard takes you to the present day, where whiskey is being produced in the traditional way – ancient traditions have been passed on from generation to generation, and the team are happy to talk you through what they are doing. See for yourself the traditional method of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from ancient pot stills – one of which is over 186 years old!

Of course no visit would be complete without a taste of Kilbeggan’s finest. A visit to Kilbeggan Distillery is a unique experience not to be missed!

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We are proud to work in partnership with Ireland’s Ancient East, as operated by the National Tourism Development Authority. Their aim is to inspire visitors to uncover intriguing stories of Ireland’s past and allow you to discover the rich and colour history of our region. Something we fully support and celebrate.

Here at Kilbeggan we take pride in the preservation of ancient traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. We are the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland dating back to 1757. A visit here allows you learn how Irish whiskey was made in decades past and how real artisanal Irish whiskey continues to be distilled today.

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