Dingle Distillery

  • Ireland
  • 2016 Ireland’s Best London Dry Gin, 2019 Best Irish London Dry Gin, 2015 Best Irish Vodka
  • https://dingledistillery.ie/
Phone Number
  • +353-66-4029011
  • Dingle Distillery, Kilfountan, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Whiskey Distillery in Ireland with barrels and sign.

History of Dingle Distillery

The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, founded in the winter of 2012 in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland, was established by Oliver Hughes, Liam LaHart, and Peter Mosley, the trio behind the Porterhouse Brewing Company. 

The founders, pioneers in the Irish craft brewing scene since 1996, ventured into whiskey distillation amidst Ireland’s recession, filling their first casks on December 18, 2012.

The distillery, known for prioritizing quality over quantity, uses three distinctive, hand-crafted copper pot stills to create a smooth and pure Irish whiskey. 

Their first whiskey cask was released on December 19, 2015. Dingle Distillery also offers a unique Founding Fathers program, where 500 casks were made available for investment, allowing investors to choose their preferred wood for maturation and decide on the bottling time. 

The distillery produces whiskey, gin, and vodka, and is recognized as a pioneer in the resurgence of artisan distilleries in Ireland.



Awards Won by Dingle Distillery

World Drink Awards:

  • 2016: Dingle Original Gin won “Ireland’s Best London Dry Gin” and Dingle Vodka received “Best Vodka Bottle Design”.
  • 2019: Dingle Original Gin was awarded as the “Best Irish London Dry Gin”, “World’s Best London Dry Gin”, and ultimately the “World’s Best Gin”.

Irish Whiskey Awards:

  • 2015: Dingle Vodka achieved the title of “Best Irish Vodka”.
  • 2016: The distillery’s Single Malt Cask Strength was awarded a Gold in the Irish Cask Strength Whiskey category.
  • 2017 and 2018: Dingle Original Gin was recognized as the “Best Irish Gin”. Dingle Vodka also continued to impress, claiming “Best Irish Vodka” in 2017 and a Gold Medal in the Irish Vodka category in 2018. Furthermore, in 2018, Dingle Single Malt Whiskey Batch No. 3 was honored as the “Best New Irish Whiskey”, and Dingle Dark Star Ale won for “Best Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Craft Beer”.

World Whiskies Awards:

2020: Dingle Single Malt Whiskey Batch No. 4 received a Bronze Medal in the Irish Single Malt Category.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

2020: Dingle Gin was awarded a Silver Medal.

WSWA’s Annual Convention and Exhibition:

2018: Dingle Vodka was awarded Double Gold.

The Spirits Business Awards:

2018: Dingle Single Malt Whiskey Batch No. 3 won Silver in the Single Malt – Super Premium category. Dingle Original Gin achieved Contemporary Gold, and Dingle Vodka was awarded Silver in the Ultra Premium category.

Blás na hÉireann (The Irish Food Awards):

From 2015 to 2017, Dingle Original Gin won Gold, Bronze, and Silver respectively in the White Spirits category. Four Season’s Gin also received a Bronze in 2016.

Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards:

  • 2016: Dingle Vodka won Platinum in the Craft Spirits Category, and Dingle Original Gin and Four Seasons Autumn Gin received Silver and Bronze respectively.
  • 2018: Dingle Original Gin was awarded Gold.

New York International Spirits Competition:

2017: Dingle Distillery was recognized as the “Ireland Distillery of the Year”. Dingle Gin also won Gold.

World Vodka Awards:

2020: Dingle Vodka was named the “Best Irish Pure Neutral Vodka”.

Dingle Distillery Tour Information and Experience

The Dingle Distillery tour, lasting approximately one hour, is an immersive experience for adults above 18 years old. 

Priced at €18 for adults, €15 for students (with ID), and €16.20 for seniors (66+), it offers a comprehensive look at the production of Whiskey, Gin, and Vodka. Visitors have the chance to sample these spirits and enjoy a Signature Serve at the end of the tour. 

Important to note, the tour is not accessible to wheelchairs, involves standing for extended periods, and includes sections up a flight of stairs.

Please remember, no one under 18, including children and infants, is allowed on the tour or to be left unattended in the reception area.

Flask & Barrel Review of Dingle Distillery

Hey there! Just wrapped up the Dingle Distillery tour and I’ve gotta say, it’s a solid 4.7 out of 5 in my book. As a whiskey collector, I’ve seen my fair share of distilleries, but Dingle has a unique charm. 

The tour took us through the whiskey, gin, and vodka making process – super informative and not too technical.

The tastings? Top-notch. Their gin was a pleasant surprise, and the whiskey, well, it was just what you’d expect from a distillery with such a rep. 

The only hiccup – the place isn’t wheelchair friendly, and there’s a bit of stair climbing involved. But hey, all in all, a fantastic visit. Totally recommend it to anyone into spirits!

What To Do Nearby Dingle Distillery

Here’s a casual guide to some of the best things to do near Dingle Distillery:

  • Slea Head Drive: First things first, if you’ve got a car, you’ve gotta check out the Slea Head Drive. It’s a spectacular coastal route with some of the best views in Ireland. Think crashing waves, rugged cliffs, and ancient sites. It’s about a 30 to 50-minute drive from Dingle town, but trust me, it’s worth every minute.
  • OceanWorld Aquarium: Located right in Dingle town, this aquarium is a great spot for families or anyone interested in marine life. They’ve got otters, turtles, penguins, and Ireland’s largest collection of sharks. It’s a cool, chill place to spend a couple of hours, especially if you’re into sea creatures.
  • Conor Pass: For a mini road trip adventure, drive through Conor Pass. It’s one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland and offers some killer views of the Dingle Peninsula. It’s a bit of a narrow road, but the vistas are out of this world.
  • Dingle Oceanworld: Just a short hop from the distillery, this aquarium is a hit with both kids and adults. It’s got a range of sea creatures, from playful otters to graceful sharks.
  • Beaches: Dingle Peninsula has some beautiful beaches. Inch Beach is a popular choice for a scenic stroll or even a bit of surfing if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Historic Sites: The area is dotted with historical landmarks. You’ve got the ancient Beehive Huts, Gallarus Oratory, and the Eask Tower, all within a short drive from Dingle town.
  • Local Eateries: Dingle’s food scene is pretty awesome. Check out some local seafood at places like Out of the Blue or enjoy a pint and some live music at one of the traditional Irish pubs in the town.
  • Art and Culture: Dingle is known for its arts and crafts. Visit local art galleries or catch a performance at the Dingle Music Shop for a taste of local culture.
  • Outdoor Activities: If you’re up for some action, there are plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and boat tours where you can spot Dingle’s famous resident dolphin, Fungie.
  • Relax and Enjoy the Scenery: Sometimes, the best thing to do is just chill and soak in the beauty of the place. Dingle is stunningly picturesque, so a leisurely walk around the town or along the harbor can be a perfect way to spend your time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What restaurants are near Dingle Distillery?

  • Danno’s Restaurant & Bar: It has a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353669151855. Their address is Strand St, Farrannakilla, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
  • The Boatyard Restaurant: It has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353669150920. Their address is Strand St, The-Wood, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
  • The Half Door Restaurant: It has a rating of 4.7 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353830734351. Their address is John St, Gortonora, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 AY98, Ireland. 

What hotels are near Dingle Distillery?

  • The Waterfront Dingle: It has a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353669131000. Their address is Strand St, Woodville, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
  • Quayside B&B: It has a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353669151068. Their address is The Tracks, Farrannakilla, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
  • An Capall Dubh: It has a rating of 4.8 stars on Google Maps. For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +353669151105. Their address is Green St, Farrannakilla, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.