The attractive village of Bushmills is home to the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Bushmills is famous for its quality malt Irish whiskey, produced at the distillery - in picturesque, pagoda roofed buildings.
- Documents reveal locals have been making whiskey for almost a thousand years
- The town gets its name from the River Busch, a fast flowing stream that supplies waterpower to run the mills
- Noted for trout and salmon, the river produced the electric power for the world’s first hydroelectric tramway
Did You Know?
- A rare black label version of the Bushmills whiskey is sought after around the world
- Local legend says the whiskey's exceptional flavour is because it is made using water from nearby St Columba’s stream
Things to Do
- Take one of the frequent hour-long tours of the Bushmills Visitor's Centre
- The tours progress from the mashing and fermentation rooms
- Continue through the bottling and ageing warehouse and into the gift shop at the Visitor’s Centre
- As the whiskey matures in wooden barrels, you can smell the evaporation from the seams, referred to as "the angels' share”
- At the end of the tour, sample a complimentary shot of the ‘uische beatha’ meaning water of life
Bushmills Distillery. Image: PhotomagBen