For those you want to experience a genuine whisky experience, sleeping within (or very very close to) a distillery is a real must. Here is a selection of 3 whisky distilleries which offer the possibility to stay overnight and discover the wonderful world of uisge beatha !
1. Ireland : The Bushmills Inn
Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant is a former coaching inn dating back to the 1600s, offering free private parking and an on-site bar, restaurant and cinema. Old Bushmills Distillery can be reached in a 15-minute walk.
Locally sourced produce is used to create a wide selection of dishes in the award-winning restaurant. Mature prime Ulster sirloin of beef is on offer, as well as fish caught in local waters. A Sunday carvery featuring a selection of roast meats and desserts is also available.
Guests can enjoy a drink in The Gas Bar, which is still lit by gas light. Cocktails, fine wines and a selection of whiskeys are on the menu and traditional Irish music can be heard on Saturday nights.
Giant’s Causeway can be reached in a 10-minute drive and Coleraine town centre is just over 15 km away !
2. Canada : The Glenora Inn
A friendly welcome and good times are always on the menu at The Glenora Inn & Distillery in Glenville, Cape Breton Island. The Glenora Pub is graced daily by some of Cape Breton’s fine”st young and established musicians as they provide lively traditional entertainment during regular ceilidhs. Home to Cape Breton’s own Glen Breton single malt whisky, Glenora Inn & Distillery is renowned for its good food, great local music and memorable times !
3. Scotland – Islay : Seaview Cottage at Ardbeg Distillery
Seaview Cottage is a self-catering, 2-storey semi-detached home in the grounds of the Ardbeg Distillery, approximately 3 miles from Port Ellen on the south east side of Islay. The cottage has been refurbished and many of the original features of the building have been retained.
There is an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area on the upper floor with breath taking sea views, viewable from the comfy sofas or decked balcony. There is a wood/peat burner and state of the art kitchen, all enhance the spacious living room and balcony at the rear of the cottage where you can sip a dram of Ardbeg.
And you, ever slept within the walls of a whisky distillery ?