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Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak
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Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak is a world-class distillery on an 18th century estate

Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak is a world-class distillery producing Irish whiskeys by hand on an 18th century estate in Ireland’s Ancient East region.

Visitors can experience the ancient craft of distilling in a fully guided, multi-sensory tour of one of Ireland’s largest operational whiskey distilleries. See first-hand how all three styles of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain – are created under one roof.

Set deep in the heart of barley-growing country, directly over the Barrow Valley Aquifer and framed by two-hundred-year-old mighty oaks on the banks of the River Barrow, Royal Oak is the perfect place for creating exceptional quality whiskeys. Home also to the stunning Holloden House (1755), Royal Oak estate is a 40-acre gem well worth discovering.

Highlights include:
  • Manually-operated distillery
  • Producing all three styles of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain
  • Fully guided, multi-sensory tour
  • One of Ireland’s largest distilleries – capacity of 8.2 million bottles of whiskey per annum
  • Picturesque location on a 40-acre estate
  • Meet their distillers and watch them as they craft exceptional whiskeys 

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

Opening days and times until March 11, 2018
Tuesday-Saturday 09:00-17:00
Tours 10:00, 12:00 and 15:00

Sunday 11:00-16:00
Tours 12:00 and 14:00

Closed on Mondays

Opening days and times March 12 to October 21, 2018
Open 7 days a week  09:00 -17:00
Tours 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00

Opening days and times 22nd October 22, 2018 to March 10, 2019
Tuesday-Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Tours 10:00; 12:00 and 15:00

Sunday 11:00 and16:00
Tours 12:00 and 14:00

Closed on Mondays

Contact Details

Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak
Royal Oak, Carlow, R21 EO86

T: +353 (0)59 918 6653
E: or

Closed: Closed over the Christmas Holiday period - see their website for details

Approx. visit duration: 90 minutes, but allow extra time for shopping and to explore the Estate

Admission Prices 2018

Adult Tours and Tasting: €15.00
Senior Tours and Tasting: €15.00
Student over 18 (with valid ID): Tours and Tasting: €15.00
Under 18, free with paying adult (no tastings)

Pre-booking advisable

Other Useful Information

Tours are provided in English

Tea, coffee and soft drinks. 

Royal Oak is a 40 acre estate and visitors are welcome to enjoy their picnic on the grounds. There are no specific facilities.

Walsh Whiskey bottles and gift boxes, branded merchandise, chocolates, bar runners, glasses and more.

Free car and coach parking on-site.  

Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required. 

Free Wi-Fi available.


  • Exporter of the Year - Carlow Business Awards 2017
  • Writers’ Tears Copper Pot: Gold Medal, Premium Irish Blends – International Spirits Challenge 2017
  • Writers’ Tears Red Head: Gold Medal, Premium Single Malt – Irish Whiskey Masters 2017
  • The Irishman Founder’s Reserve: Gold Medal, Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60) – Irish Whiskey Awards
  • The Irishman 17 Year Old Single Malt: Gold Medal, Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older) – Irish Whiskey Awards

Map Location

Walsh Whiskey Distillery is 20 minutes from the heart of Kilkenny City and 75 minutes from Dublin by car. Exit 6 and/or 7 from the M9 motorway. It is accessible by bus and rail, with regular public transport available.

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