The Connacht Distillery
The Connacht Distillery
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Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
We are an independently owned craft Irish whiskey distillery located in the town of Ballina, County Mayo Ireland. Situated in a beautiful setting across from the River Moy, the distillery offers guided tours, tastings, and a gift shop. You will learn how single malt Irish whiskey is made and get to enjoy a sampling of our products. The Visitor Centre is open Wednesday - Friday 10.30AM - 18.00PM. The guided tours of the distillery can be booked online.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Helen M
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Had a really enjoyable tour. Felt very safe with all necessary Covid precautions. Grainne made it educational and fun. Tastings in Mullarkey's Bar afterwards and can highly recommend the Ballyhoo whiskey and the gin - purchased quite a few bottles!
Written August 2, 2020
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Thanks V8425JXhelenm, the Gin is one of our favourites especially given the name Concullin after our two local lakes and using that lucious water to create the Gin. We are glad that you felt safe here as the safety aspect here is paramount. We are adjusting to the "new normal" and enjoying having visitors here with us to share our stories.
Written August 13, 2020
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Jarpot1
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had a most enjoyable tour of the distillery with Meghan & Grainne as our guides. They were very professional & created great P.R on behalf of the company. The tour was very informative & gave good insight into the workings of a modern distillery. I would highly recommend a visit - it’s a good way to pass a few hours!
Written February 24, 2020
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Hi Jarpot1, thanks for the lovely review! Wandering through our working distillery gives you a direct feeling of what it is like to work in a modern day distillery and then the chance to relax in Mullarkey's bar after with a sample. Glad you enjoyed the experience with us!
Written February 26, 2020
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Paul C
Galway, Ireland30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to the Distillery. Got a brief history on how the company was founded and then got to walk around the Distillery and get told how the the whiskey was made. Finished up with a tasting of the whiskey. Found it really insightful and would highly recommend if you're even only slightly curious on how whiskey is made. On top of that it's not to expensive for the tour as well. Would suggest it as a go to if you're in the Ballina area
Written February 15, 2023
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Thanks for the lovely review Paul - happy to hear you enjoyed!
Written January 4, 2024
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Kevin J
Parker, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My brother in law and nephew who reside in the area, arranged a tour (on 12/23) for the three of us. I have been on other tours, but found this one to rank at the top! Eoin D, our guide did a fantastic job. He has significant knowledge and I found the tour to be quite informative. We were provided with ample time to tour, ask questions as well as taste the fruits of their success. I purchased a bottle of the Straw Boys (Poitin), to bring back to the states. The location is outstanding. If you find yourself in County Mayo, and have a curiosity about Irish spirits, this is a "must" stop! Be sure to have Eoin do the tour
Written January 10, 2020
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Hi kevin, thanks so much for taking the time out to review our wonderful distillery, we are so glad that Eoin looked after you so well! yes we aim to fill in that "curiosity" when it comes to Irish spirits and how they are made indeed! We do hope you enjoy our Straw Boys Poitín and return to see us again one day! Go raibh maith agat
Written January 15, 2020
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Gavagcla
Stockton-on-Tees, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A wonderful find. The guided tour is very informative. It is great to hear how the business started and the reason it is based in Ballina. This was my first trip to a distillery and it did not disappoint. I was bowled over by the delicious smell as we entered into the brew room. The process was thoroughly explained and all the questions were answered. It is an impressive operation making whiskey, vodka, gin and poitin (potcheen). The tasting session was not rushed and allowed time to appreciate the drinks. The staff were welcoming and they took their time and I was not rushed through the tour or tasting. I recommend this business if you like your spirits, want to learn about the brew process and support an Irish business.
Written September 28, 2022
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Samantha
Comber, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wee gem. Beautiful boutique distillery, very interesting and informative tour delivered by a lovely lady. She made such an effort to engage with the crowd. Shop was well stocked. Well worth the visit. Really looking forward to their own whiskey being available will be shopping online in the future 😊
Written January 3, 2020
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Thanks samanndickson for the lovely review! We always aim to have the shelves stocked with a variety of merchandise and alcohol to cater to the tastes and budget of our visitors! Many thanks again for visitng!
Written January 9, 2020
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Noelle B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We ended up having a personal tour of the distillery and a tasting of whiskey, poitin and gin with Grainne! A brilliant way to spend an afternoon. All covid guidelines adhered to, lovely gift shop and facilities. Would've bought every whiskey if we could.
Written August 7, 2020
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Thanks Global461188 for the review, with a lot uncertainty at the moment we aim to bring our visitors an enjoyable and more importantly safe experience here with us at the distillery. The social distancing space available and abundance of our own hand sanitiser here allows us to do that while still retaining the integrity of our tours. Do drop in for again the next time your in the area!
Written August 13, 2020
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Jean & John C
Monasteraden, Ireland173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
An absolute "Must Do" if you are in the West of Ireland. What a wonderful tour. So very interesting and informative and the highlight of course was the tasting afterwards. Again so informative and educational about the whole process of Irish Whiskey. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it will be at the top of our "Things to Do" list when we have family and friends over to visit us. Very good guide who clearly loved her job and imparted great knowledge. Very high recommended. Do not miss this one!!!
Written August 27, 2022
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S44ppy
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This was a great place to visit. We bought some good quality gin and vodka which whilst wasn’t cheap was of great quality. The staff were extremely friendly.
Written June 14, 2019
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Hello S44ppy, Tahnk you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your visit and interaction with our lovely staff :) Hope you GINjoy the spirits your purchased ;) All the best, Lyndsey H
Written June 15, 2019
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James B
Northampton, UK647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Visited the distillery for a tour and tasting session. The guide was very good enjoyed his job and that reflected in the tour. Whisky was very good and purchased some gin which is amazing.
Written September 27, 2019
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Hello James, Thank you for your lovely review of our distillery! Eoin always enjoys giving 100% to all our visitors that come through the door and it's always great to see. I will pass on your kind words. I am glad you're enjoying our Conncullin gin, it really is amazing alright. Thank you, Best wishes, Nicola
Written October 1, 2019
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