ATHLONE WHISKEY TRAIL
Athlone was once a bustling hub of distilleries and breweries. The earliest record of distilling in Athlone can be traced back as far as 1740 and brewing can be traced back to the 1730’s!
According the the Parliamentary papers, in 1782 there were 47 registered distillers in the Athlone Excise region. The excise region at that time was a vast area, that spanned into many other counties.
In the early 1800’s there were two extensive distilleries in Athlone producing from 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of whiskey annually. There was also an array of malting houses and breweries in operation around that time.
The Athlone Whiskey Trail aims to promote the sensible enjoyment of the much celebrated whiskey brands from the Midlands region and beyond and to help visitors to broaden their knowledge of Irish whiskey history and heritage during their visit to Athlone.
The trail is comprised of a collection of establishments in Athlone, who are passionate about our native spirit and stock a wide variety of whiskeys. All venues offer a special Whiskey Trail Treat to visitors who are following the trail.
You can also avail of discount passes to our local distilleries in the Midlands by simply presenting your whiskey trail map concession voucher on entry or by showing your website voucher that can be accessed here.
So come be a part of our story and join us on a journey of discovery into our rich whiskey heritage here in Athlone!