Connacht Whiskey Company

Connacht Whiskey Company, Ballina: Hours, Address, Connacht Whiskey Company Reviews: 5/5

Connacht Whiskey Company
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10:30 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 18:00
Thursday
10:30 - 18:00
Friday
10:30 - 18:00
Saturday
12:00 - 17:00
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 pot still Irish whiskey is made and get to enjoy a sampling of our products. The Visitor Centre is open Wednesday - Friday 10.30AM-18.00PM and Saturday's 12.00PM-17.00PM. The guided tours of the distillery are scheduled and run from Wednesday- Saturday at 12:00 PM, 13.30PM and 15:30 PM Booking online is necessary as we can only accomidate smaller groups due to the new governement restrictions. Please note our guided tours are running from August 1st please book online and read our new terms and conditions to avoid dissapointment. You will be asked to full out a health declartion and travel form for the past 14days on arrival, your co-operation at this time is appreciated. Please wear a mask or purchase one on arrival.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Dec + Jen
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Hidden Gem
Aug 2020
Connacht Whiskey Distillery is hidden away in a picturesque setting in the beautiful surroundings of Ballina. The building is modern and contemporary. It is pristine. Even the packaging if fab. The lovely Lyndsey gave us our guided tour. It was both interesting and fun. Lyndsey was informative and knowledgeable and has such a passion for what she does. In the current climate even with all restrictions in place, which made us feel very safe and comfortable, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend it. It's a fun day out.
Written 28 August 2020
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Hi Declans622, Thank you so much for your kind words , it was a pleasure to show ye around :) I am delighted you enjoyed the tour and the craic after ...we try not to take ourselves too seriously while still sharing our distilling story. Hopefully we can welcome you back again in the future. Take care, Lyndsey
Written 4 September 2020
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Michael B
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A personal tour of a fantastic distillery of Irish Whiskey
Aug 2020 • Couples
We were treated to an excellent tour from Lindsey of Connacht Whiskey. Although a small venue, Lindsey spoke passionately and at length of Connacht Whiskey's vision and work. Walking though the distilling processes Lindsey shared what makes Irish Whiskey so special.

As a result of Covid their own whiskey has been delayed but hopefully will be released November this year. Based on their finishes on contractor whiskey ie getting Irish Whiskey and adding their own touch to it, Connacht Whiskey will be a fantastic addition to the market!!

In the sampling I had 5 different whiskeys. All finished by Connacht Whiskey. Lindsey walked through the tasting process to get the most out of the week. It was an excellent cap to a really interesting and personal tour.

Inexpensive (€30 for the 5 whiskey sample plus tour) and well put together it is a must do in Mayo.

Their finish on whiskeys was so good k brought 2 bottles home with me, always a sign of the quality of a tour. A special mention to Lindsey for her passion throughout the tour.

Note it obeyed Covid guidelines.
Written 23 August 2020
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Hello Michael B, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience. I am thrilled you enjoyed your visit and thank you so much for your kind words, it is lovely to hear the passion is appreciated and that I am not just a "weird whiskey lady" :) Hopefully we can welcome you to the disitllery again soon and you can get your hands on a bottle of new release Connacht whiskey! All the best, Lyndsey H
Written 26 August 2020
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Noelle B
3 contributions
Excellent way to spend an afternoon. Great experience
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 7 August 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 13 August 2020
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Helen M
6 contributions
Highly recommended
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 2 August 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 13 August 2020
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Jarpot1
14 contributions
Well worth a visit!
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 24 February 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 26 February 2020
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fluffyslipper
Enniskillen, UK113 contributions
Small but perfect
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a tour and tasting visit to the distillery in Ballina. It is set right between the River Moy and Belleek Castle hotel, 5 minutes out of town. This is a craft distillery and therefore small but it produces the goods.
Our tour guide was Megan and she was fantastic at explaining the process, she was also enormous fun and a credit to Mayo! The tour lasts about 30 minutes followed by a tasting in the bar, needless to say the craic was mighty and everyone was relaxed. There's an opportunity to purchase the goods and after the taster session I'm afraid we did, lovely!
Written 27 January 2020
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Thanks for the lovely review, and especially for Megan as this is her first one! We are so proud that she is telling the story of Connacht Whiskey in such a fun as and relaxed fashion! We hope you enjoy your purchases!
Written 31 January 2020
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Kevin J
Parker, CO2 contributions
Visiting family in Ballina, first stop the Connacht Whiskey Company
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 10 January 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 15 January 2020
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1967eater
Ballina, Ireland61 contributions
Distillery
Jan 2020 • Friends
What a wonderful addition to the tourist offering in Ballina. Set in a beautiful tranquil location in Belleek and the experience is wonderful. Fabulous friendly staff well done.
Written 7 January 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the distillery! Of course loaction is everything when yo uare maturing fine Irish Spirits! Our staff here thank you for your kind words. We do hope you visit us again soon, all the best!
Written 9 January 2020
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Samantha
Comber, UK1 contribution
One of the highlights of my trip
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 3 January 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 9 January 2020
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reilly p
London, UK46 contributions
Great way to spend a rainy west cost afternoon
Nov 2019
This visit was the highlight of our few days in Ballina. As someone who spent every summer in this town it is great to see such a great tourist attraction. The tour is far better than Jameson in Dublin. Here you get to see how the whiskey is made, why it differs from Scottish whisky and follow the whole process through. Then tasting the various different whiskies is a great finale. The young man who gave us the tour was exceptional in hsi friendliness and his knowledge of whiskey and its distilling
Written 10 December 2019
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Hi Reilly, Thank you so much for your lovely review of our facility here in Ballina. We appreciate the feedback, and it keeps us going to ensure our all of our customers recieve a 5 star experience at the distillery. On behalf of ourselves, we also thoroughly enjoyed your visit to the disitllery. Hope to see you again soon in Ballina. Eóin
Written 13 December 2019
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