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Discover This New Spirit Trail and Distillery Passport in Northern Ireland

by Aoife O’Riordan

Jun 12, 2024

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Explore the range, quality and unique character of Northern Ireland’s spirits with the new Spirit Trail and Distillery Passport experience. The new Spirit Trail guides travelers to 14 unique, distillery-led experiences across Northern Ireland. At any one of the stops, pick up a passport and have it stamped as you visit each distillery. Collect all 14 stamps and receive a special souvenir gift.

Titanic Distillers

Titanic Distillers © Tourism Ireland

In Belfast, find three distilleries. Enjoy a two-hour Make Your Own Gin experience at Belfast Artisan Gin School or, if you prefer whiskey, head to McConnell’s Distillery, the newest distillery in Northern Ireland. In fact, you can combine a tour of the distillery with a tour of historic Crumlin Road Gaol. And be sure to follow a trip to Titanic Belfast with a tour of nearby Titanic Distillers, located in Titanic Pumphouse.

Situated within easy reach of Belfast are Hinch Distillery and Rademon Estate, home of Shortcross Gin. Both places offer behind-the-scenes tours of the ultra-modern distilleries.

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Hinch Distillery © Tourism Ireland

Venture down Ards Peninsula to taste craft whiskey, gin and rum at Copeland Distillery while hearing tales of seafaring and smugglers’ exploits. Further down the peninsula lies Echlinville, a family-run, field-to-glass distillery and home of award-winning Dunville’s Irish whiskey.

Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains also boasts a distillery, the smallest on the trail, that is. Killowen invites guests to taste a range of artisan spirits, while at Two Stacks Whiskey, visitors learn about the history of blending and bonding in Ireland and can enjoy a hands-on experience of whiskey blending.

Woodlab

Woodlab Distillery © Tourism Ireland

Up the scenic and iconic Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most famous brands, Bushmills, awaits. Over in the lakelands of Fermanagh, Boatyard Distillery focuses on producing pure spirits with an organic and sustainable approach. Wild Atlantic Distillery in Co. Tyrone draws inspiration for its spirits from Ireland’s rugged coastline. For gin lovers, don’t miss a trip to Woodlab Distillery, where science and nature come together in its award-winning Symphonia range of gins.

Bushmills

Bushmills © Tourism Ireland

In the walled city of Derry, Walled City Brewery is the place to discover a new spirit: Earhart Gin. Take a tour of this brewery and sample six tasty craft beers.

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