Irish whiskey, "Uisce Betha" in traditional Gaelic (meaning water of life) has been distilled on the fair isle of Ireland since the middle ages. It was once the most popular spirit in the world with Dublin alone producing over 10 million gallons per annum. Although a decline in the early 1900s forced the closure of most of the great whiskey distilleries of Ireland a massive resurgence in popularity in modern times has allowed some to reopen and even more new distilleries to flourish. Today you can tour many of these wonderful Irish Whiskey distilleries and hear how this fine Irish "aqua vitae" is produced and of course sample some of its rare and wonderful flavours.
Discover Ireland Tours, the number one Destination Management Company (DMC) in Ireland have been helping plan leisure and special interest tour itineraries for the 34 years. In the tour business since 1989 our experience and knowledge is unmatched. With this in mind we have put together a small summary of the most popular and interesting tour stop ideas and also some of our personal favourites. Our catalogue of tour ideas ranges far beyond what is found here and will certainly contain something to match your clients needs. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!
Located in Midleton county Cork, the Jameson experience and distillery is home to the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world. Originally established in Dublin in 1810 by John Jameson and his son (also John) this world renowned whiskey is now produced in Cork using barley sourced from a radius of 50km or less around the distillery.
A decline in sales due to the Irish war of Independence and also the American prohibition caused a huge decline in sales but the company managed to struggle on and is now stronger than ever. A tour of the Jameson Experience in Middleton country Cork is a must for any itinerary for whiskey tours in Ireland. Contact us today to add this to your clients tour.
With close to a million cases a year sold around the world Tullamore Dew is the second most popular Irish Whiskey on the planet. First established in 1829 in Tullamore, County Offaly the Tullamore Dew distillery closed in 1954 from which point it was produced in Cork. It is now once again back in its home town after a break of 60 years and stronger than ever.
Located in the heartlands of Ireland the The Tullamore Dew visitors centre opened its doors in 2012 and now runs tours and tastings all year round. To sample the fine flavours of this most Irish of Irish Whiskeys. Located in a former bonded warehouse of the original distillery the visitors centre is the perfect stop a whiskey tour of Ireland.
Founded in 1757 the storied history of this distillery follows the fate of so many of the great early Irish Whiskey producers. It closed its doors in 1954 due to the economic climate of post civil war Ireland. Nearly 250 years after it first opened it started production again in 2007 and is once again producing some of the most flavoursome whiskeys in Ireland.
Today the visitors centre located in the original distillery building and housing the original pot stills from the 1800's (one of which is sill in use in the new distillery making it the oldest operational pot still in the world). It is a thriving stop on the Irish Whiskey tour circuit. Contact us today to see what we can do for you and your clients on a whiskey tour of Ireland.
First licenced in 1608 the Bushmills distillery located in the far north of Ireland in County Antrim. Every bottle of Bushmills Irish whiskey is made from water drawn from a tributary of the River Bush. This along with being in near continuous production since 1885 has made Bushmills one of the pre-eminent Irish Whiskeys of our times.
The Bushmills Visitors centre located in the Distillery (which is only a stones throw away from the famous Giants Causeway in County Antrim) has become a famous attraction in its own right. A full tour of the Distillery and Visitors centre detailing the production and history of Bushmills (along with a tasting) makes this a great stop on the Irish Whiskey Trail.
At Pearse Lyons Distillery, whiskey is only part of their story. Whether you are an intrepid whiskey enthusiast, culturally curious or just an inquisitive Dubliner, you are sure to enjoy a journey through 800 years of history at St. James with their local storytellers. They are open 7 days a week and is a 5 minute walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
Their fully guided distillery tour gives an insight into the whiskey heritage and stories behind the iconic Dublin district known as The Liberties. Visitors can also touch, taste and smell every step of the distilling process, meet with their distillers and taste their signature Pearse Irish Whiskey.
A relative newcomer to the Irish Whiskey market but with a strong family history in the Whiskey Business this Dublin based Distillery has won numerous awards since opening their doors. Their visitors centre and tours of the Distillery are a pleasant stop on any tour of Ireland.
Located right in the centre of Dublin the Irish Whiskey Museum offers comprehensive tours and presentations on the history and culture of Irish Whiskey production including tastings and appreciation courses. You even get to blend your own whiskey to take away!
With their first whiskeys coming on the market in 2016 the Dingle Distillery is definitely the youngest distillery on our list. This "artisan" style distillery is located on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Tours of this distillery are available year round.
Fancy a tour of the Scottish Highlands to round off the trip? Perhaps a visit to some of the famous Scotch distilleries? Ireland and Scotland have a shared history and culture so it only makes sense to visit while you are here.
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Or we can design the ideal itinerary for your clients. Every itinerary we design is unique, and starts with a conversation with you so we can fully understand the needs of your group. Specialist visits required? Not a problem at all, our range of contacts is unrivalled in the industry and we are uniquely positioned to provide custom special interest tours of Ireland.
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The first thing is to get in touch and let us know what you are thinking of. Perhaps we can help with suggestions, ideas, and rough expectations of costs too.
Let us know what you'd like, and we'll get an exact itinerary together for you. Be as exact or general as you like. If you already know the itinerary you'd like then just let us know, we can arrange it all for you. Less hassle for you, and better rates for your clients due to the great rates we enjoy with attractions and accommodations across Ireland.
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Ireland is steeped in history. We have the contacts to provide access to some of the finest Castles & Manors in the country.
If your guests want to get close to real Ireland, then quaint B&B's & Farmhouses that dot the countryside are available.
Popular on our student and educational tours of Ireland, hostels and homestays offer a unique cultural experience as well as a great value option.
We can arrange entry or access to all of Ireland's attractions and are always available to recommend attractions for you and your clients itinerary.
As special interest tour suppliers we can provide tours for any age or interest group, have a look at our customisable special interest tours and see what tours we can offer.
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Our driver-guides have a pristine record of ensuring the guests' safety, comfort and entertainment, and it is their desire to bring fulfilment to all members of your group that set us apart from other DMC's in Ireland. Many vehicles have been downsized, giving your clients extra legroom and comfort.
Our Driver-Guides and Tour Managers are passionate about Ireland, its heritage, and its people. Always on hand to give your clients the inside track on what is the best place for a pint of Guinness or to let you know about the seldom seen gems of Ireland.
As a leading Irish DMC we don't do "off-the-shelf" tours of Ireland, all our itineraries our fully customized to each unique group and every itinerary starts with a conversation with you.
From budget to 5 star luxury, contemporary to historic, Ireland has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all groups. We provide the best options at the best rates.
Engaging and highly knowledgeable, our expert-driver guides & tour managers will bring the vibrant history and culture of Ireland to life for your group.
Historic, cultural, iconic, expansive, vibrant; the range and variety of things to see in Ireland is quite incredible. We will plan and arrange everything here to bring the best of Ireland to your group.
Our large range of vehicles, from private cars for two 2 to large coaches for groups of 100+, offer superior comfort for your clients as they journey into Ireland's past and present.
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After 34 years in business our contacts throughout Ireland are industry-leading, including a huge range of specialist options for niche tours.
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