As we were staying in Athlone we decided that we would give this lovely Distillery a visit and wander around on our own to just soak up and in the experience. As we will probably never get the opportunity to go through another distillery we made the most of it.
We caught the bus and that in itself was a good experience and the countryside was, as Ireland usually is, “green”. It has been raining the previous day but our luck was in and our tour around was dry and we were able to take our time and we really had a good time. I took heaps of photos and this is only a few of them. After spending 2.5 hours just wandering around and having come to the end we went in to get our tasting glasses, which are included in the entrance fee, and well worth it. Mind you it was just the beginning of our 8 week tour and I looked after them carefully and they arrived back in Western Australia safe and sound.
The tastings were done by Aleisha and Carol two very delightful ladies and we had such a wonderful time and also had nearly 2 hours to dispose of before the bus was going to take us back to Athlone. So as you can imagine the tastings were all and more than we expected. Best part was that you could even buy more. What a shame we had to catch the bus – we may have literally had to have been poured into the bus otherwise.
This is an interesting and well worthwhile tour to do and of course if you like Irish whiskey then that is even better. I have always preferred Irish to Scotch and it is probably as my family originated from Limerick. Thanks to everyone at Kilbeggan for their courtesy and delightful company.
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