Kilbeggan Distillery is the world’s oldest whiskey distillery, established in 1757 and still makes one of Ireland’s finest whiskeys. From the creaking timber water wheel, to our giant steam engine, a guided tour of this distillery will transport you back two centuries and captivate your senses.
This is no mere “visitor centre” but a real working distillery run by a team of young enthusiastic craftspeople, skilled in the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey. On your guided tour, you will get close to the iconic waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery and kept whiskey flowing through Kilbeggan.
Old mash tuns and fermenters are still in their original positions and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flows from ancient pot stills – one of which is over 186 years old! It is the quintessential Irish whiskey distillery, with whitewashed walls, weathered slate roof, brick chimney stack, creaking timber water wheel and even regular ghost sightings!