Welcome to Dingle Gin
For anyone visiting the breath-taking surrounds of Co. Kerry on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Gin Distillery is an absolute must-see. It’s run by a small, dedicated team of artisans, who are happy to take visitors on tours of the building. As Manager Mary Ferriter explains, “It’s a very special experience, mainly because you’re in the middle of our kitchen. You can get a guided tour with one of the distillers, who’ll lead you through the production, from the milling of the barley into the mash tub, through to the final distillation in the spirits still. It’s a live, working production that incorporates visuals, sound and smell.”
The Conor Pass
Mary and her team ensure that those seeking an extra special experience in this magical part of the world are well looked after. “Every year we run a Founding Fathers event”, she explains. “It’s for the people who originally bought our casks and helped get us up and running.
“We put a marquee up on the site, and the building becomes theirs for two days. We bring in local musical artists and have them play here on site; the acoustics are great because of the still. It’s no easy challenge for our production team, turning the space into a venue at the end of their day’s work. But that’s the beauty of West Kerry – we multi-task, and we make it happen!”
There’s plenty more to see once you’ve finished exploring the Distillery. As Mary notes, “once you arrive in Dingle, the world’s your oyster. You most definitely have to go west, and take in the panoramic Slea Head drive. I always cherish a day when the fog is clear and you can go over the Conor Pass into Brandon; it’s pure magic. You get many seasons in one day out here, but as we say in Dingle, today’s rain is tomorrow’s whiskey!”