In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you'll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.
Bushmills is the gateway to the Giant's Causeway and home to the Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. The village has been designated as a conservation area and has around 90 listed buildings. One unique trait of the village is the local tongue, which carries a mixture of Scots, English, French and Gaelic. The tongue is known as Ulster Scots or in America, Scots Irish.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery. The original grant to distill was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from its own stream and Irish barley. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise.
With over 120,000 visitors each year, the Bushmills Distillery is one of Northern Ireland's must-see tourist attractions. Experience Ireland's only "grain to glass" distillery and discover some of the trade secrets learned over 400 years of distilling. If you're lucky, you may even spot the on site ghost, the Grey Lady, who is said to have taken up residence in the distillery many years ago.
At the conclusion of your tour you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in our 1608 Bar. There is also a restaurant serving lunches and Bushmills inspired treats throughout the day. The Distillery Tour Centre is open 7 days a week