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A Strangford Lough Staycation

The Echlinville Distillery is located on the Ards Peninsula near the shores of Strangford Lough. We consider ourselves very lucky to call this place home. With stunning landscapes, fabulous food and lots to do for all the family, it’s the perfect place for a Northern Ireland staycation.

What can you expect from a visit to Strangford Lough?

In this part of the world, we take pride in taking it slow. From pace of life, to food and entertainment, we find strength in simplicity. Away from the crowds, Strangford Lough is the perfect place to relax, unwind and leave your stresses behind.

Just 30 minutes from Belfast and 90 minutes from Dublin, you will find water teeming with wildlife, hills piled high with 9,000 years of history, holy wells and ancient abbeys. Strangford Lough is an internationally recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Area of Special Scientific Interest. One of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe, it’s no wonder there’s an unmistakable tranquility to the place we call home.

Visitor Experiences

Here are just some of the amazing visitor experiences on offer on and around Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula.

  • Spend the day kayaking on Strangford Lough with Mobile Team Adventure before stopping off on one of the lough’s hundreds of islands to cook and enjoy some freshly caught mussels.
  • Bake your own traditional Northern Ireland breads on the griddle in a 17th century farmhouse at Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen.
  • Discover our unique landscape, heritage and people on a guided walking tour with Sustainable Journey’s Ireland.
  • Pour the perfect pint of Guinness, learn a cúpla focal in the Irish language or try Irish dancing at Denvir’s of Downpatrick.
  • Enjoy an underwater adventure, meet the crocodile, penguins, otters and more at Exploris, Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. Feed the rescued seals at the Seal Sanctuary and even help release one back in to the wild .
  • Discover the best local sights and artisan food and drink producers on the Strangford Lough Tasting Tour with Indie Fude.
  • From architecture to the United Irishmen, discover the timeline of the Ards Peninsula or enjoy a concert or comedy gig at The Portico.
  • Escape the stress of daily life and try your hand at bushcraft, forraging and wild cooking at the beautiful Finnebrogue Woods.  
  • Enjoy seasonal local produce, a friendly welcome and a room with a view to enjoy sunset over Strangford Lough at the Portaferry Hotel.
  • Get up close to Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic water birds, ducks and geese at Castle Espie.
  • Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at the home of the Game of Thrones door at The Cuan.
  • Walk through the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, the only Abbey in Ireland founded by a woman and the first example of Gothic architecture on the island, at Grey Abbey.
  • Immerse yourself in the legacy of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, at The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick.

And remember to pay us a visit at The Echlinville Distillery. Enjoy our distillery Tour & Tipple or visit our distillery shop.

Distillery temporarily closed to the public

Due to the increasing concerns around COVID-19, we have made the decision to close The Echlinville Distillery to the public from today Friday 13th March until 4th April 2020 (inclusive).

The health and wellbeing of our staff, customers and the community is our priority at this time. All distillery tours and events have been cancelled until 4th April. If you have a booking during this time period, you will be contacted and offered a full refund or the opportunity to move your booking to another date. If you have any queries about your booking please email [email protected]

The distillery shop is closed but our online shop is operating as normal and we are offering free delivery on all online orders while our distillery shop is closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you will understand that the wellbeing of our staff, customers and the community is paramount. We hope we will be able to welcome you to our distillery in the future.

Thank you

Spring and Summer tour calendar now live

Echlinville’s Spring/Summer 2019 tour calendar is now online. We are delighted to announce that alongside our regular Saturday tours, the Echlinville Tour and Tasting will also be available on Fridays from Easter until the end of August and on selected bank holidays.

Our tours offer a real insight into the workings of Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years. We personally welcome every guest before guiding you through our field-to-glass story, from the barley arriving from farm, its journey through our still house and on to  our whiskey maturation warehouse where the Angels are certainly enjoying their share.

We will tell you about our commitment to provenance and and how we sow, grow, harvest and floor malt all our own barley on our distillery farm. You can view our beautiful copper stills and enjoy the earthy aromas of our whiskey maturation warehouse – but be careful not to disturb our sleeping casks. And after you have discovered how we capture the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy two drinks of your choice in our bar.

Book your place now or call us on 028 4273 8597 to book using a gift voucher.