Royal Oak Distillery, Carlow

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The Royal Oak Distillery is a world class distillery producing hand crafted Irish whiskey, proudly located on an 18th century estate in Ireland's Ancient East region. Visitors can experience a revival of historic tradition as well as forging ahead with innovation 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! The Royal Oak Distillery is unique in being the first to distill all 3 types of whiskey under one roof.

The giant pot stills weigh between four and five tonnes each and scale up to 6.5 metres in height. The largest of the pot stills has a capacity of 15,000 litres. In all there is almost 30 tonnes of copper and steel whiskey distilling equipment installed at Royal Oak.

Both of whiskey’s main ingredients, water and barley, are in plentiful local supply from the surrounding barley-growing farms and the Barrow Valley Aquifer, a massive natural underground reservoir containing 200 million cubic metres of water located 70 metres directly below the distillery at Royal Oak.

Visitors to Royal Oak relax in a sylvan setting while learning about Irish whiskey distilling by interacting directly with our team of twelve local distillers. These craftsmen expertly distil each batch of new make spirit that will ultimately become one of our premium whiskeys – The Irishman or Writers Tears – for enjoyment in over 40 countries worldwide. Smelling and tasting whiskey at various stages of its development is part of what is an immersive experience that extends to the grounds of the Royal Oak estate.

Visitors to Royal Oak can also stroll around the grounds and take in our ongoing renovation of the estate’s original centrepiece, Holloden House. This stately home was built in circa 1755, some four years before the legendary Guinness brewery at Saint James’ Gate in Dublin. It also predates the French revolution, American independence, the births of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jane Austen and the establishment of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dating from this era of Emperors and Royalty goes someway to explaining why the renovation will ultimately cost a King’s ransom when completed several years from now!
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  • An interesting , informative and very enjoyable tour. Fionn was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend a visit to Royal Oak. 
    An interesting , informative and very enjoyable tour. Fionn was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend a visit to Royal Oak.  more »
  • We arrived to the distillery at 1:30 for a 2:00 tour on Sunday (times vary during the weekdays). We walked around the manor house while we waited. The tour was very fun. Paddy was a great and... 
    We arrived to the distillery at 1:30 for a 2:00 tour on Sunday (times vary during the weekdays). We walked around the manor house while we waited. The tour was very fun. Paddy was a great and...  more »
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  • I had a tour at Royal Oak Distillery back in 2017, when it was still named differently. Out of all the distilleries I have visited during my trip to Ireland, the visit in Royal Oak was the most memorable one. It was a very close and personal tour and you could feel both their passion for their Whiskey and their urge to let you immerse yourself into their world. Probably at no other distillery you can see the real production so closely rather than sitting in a speial show room. During the tour with Woody - who is a perfect guide by the way - I didn't feel as a visitor but rather as a very welcome guest. The distillery is located in a wonderful scenery and was worth every kilometer of travelling. I will visit them again, once international travelling is safely possible again and recommend everyone else to do the same.
  • We had a lovely, educational time and a lovely and engaging tour guide. And the end..... The taste of the whiskey was priceless!

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