Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

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Experience Irish Whiskey as you journey through Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

  • Experience Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, a beautifully unspoiled part of Ireland where life moves at its own pace. Listen to the ebb and flow of trickling streams, kayak across wonderful waterways and explore magical forest treks and trails.
  • Meander across expansive boglands, majestic mountains and open valleys. Visit the riverside towns and villages dotted throughout this enchanting region. Make sure to stop off and enjoy the Irish Whiskey and spirits experiences along the way.
  • Learns about the new Irish Whiskey distilleries of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Discover how local peat and exotic botanical are married with expert craftmanship to create unique gin. Take a walking tour of Athlone, once a bustling hub of distilling, now home to great Irish Whiskey pubs.


Whether you are travelling by boat, bike or car, make sure to include an Irish Whiskey experience as part of your Hidden Heartlands journey.

The Shed Distillery
The Shed Distillery presents two distinct experiences in one tour – a Curious Journey into the Inner Sanctum of the first whiskey distillery in Connacht in 101 years and a voyage to the Far East to discover gunpowder tea, the inspiration behind Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. Read more.

Find out how Irish Whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery and the importance the local community had on the brand you see today. The original waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery is still on show today. Read more.

Ahascragh Distillery
Experience Irish Whiskey history in the making at Ahascragh Distillery, Ireland’s first energised zero-emissions Irish Whiskey distillery, located in the picturesque countryside of County Galway. Visitors can take a tour of the state-of-the-art distillery and explore Irish Whiskey production from grain to glass. Read more.

Lough Ree Distillery
Lough Ree Distillery sits in the very heart of Ireland, on the banks of the River Shannon in Lanesboro. Co. Longford. Enjoy a coffee or get back into the spirit of Summer at the Distillery Yard music sessions. Visit their website at or find out about and book Distillery Yard events here.

Tullamore D.E.W.
See, smell, taste and touch every aspect of how the famed whiskey is produced - and in a world-first for the distillery, they’ll be able to blend and bottle their own whiskey. Read more.

Throughout Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, restaurants are sourcing local produce to inspire their menus so you really get a taste for this unspoilt region. The beautiful scenery is complemented by innovative food producers, award-winning restaurants, coffee roasters and diverse farmers markets.

Whether you're a consummate carnivore or a dedicated vegan, you'll be spoilt for choice in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. Here are the top places to try on your next visit.