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OUR STORYWHAT WE DO

TOURS & TASTINGS IN YOUR FAVOURITE IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERS

OUR STORY

The Whiskey Island management team comprises of John P. & John F. Callely. A father and son duo, both Johns have a wealth of experience between them, especially in the whiskey tourism domain.

John Senior worked for Pernod Ricard for 30 years, overseeing the successful development of both Jameson visitor centres in Dublin and Cork, both of which feature on our tours. He also oversaw the successful growth of Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland (a stop on our Northern Ireland tour). In recent years, John has been helping some of these new distilleries to get their visitor centres up and running and get them successfully on the tourism map.

WHAT WE DO
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PRIDE OF COUNTRY

John Junior has worked in Irish tourism since 1999. In his schooldays, he used to lead tours of the Jameson Distillery in Dublin. He has worked with Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland and for the most part he has worked with some of the country’s leading tour operators.

Both Johns have a lot of similarities; they’ve a great grá (Gaelic for love) for the Irish tourism offering, an immense pride of country and a great taste for a fine glass of Irish whiskey!

In 2014, John Sr prepared a paper on behalf of the Irish Whiskey Association on developing whiskey tourism on the island of Ireland. John Jr worked closely with him on this project in the background. The need for the development of premium whiskey tourism product was shouting off the page – and Whiskey Island was born…

WHISKEY TRAILS

OVER 60 "WHISKEY STOPS" IN IRELAND

WHISKEY TRAILS

Tours of Ireland with whiskey in their heart

GOLF & WHISKEY

A match made in heaven

TASTINGS

A great enhancement to any event

WHY CHOOSE WHISKEY ISLAND TOURS

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WE DO THE DRIVING

You can enjoy the samples and we’ll get you around. No getting lost either.

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NO LONG QUEUES

We plan our programmes to perfection, the distilleries will always be expecting us!

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PRIVATE/BESPOKE TRAVEL

Not for mass tourism – Sit back in our executive cars/buses and take in the wonderful views and enjoy the commentary from our wonderful friendly Irish driver/guides

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EXCELLENT TRIPADVSIOR RATING

Private Luxury Whiskey Trail Dublin's Distillery Trail

Meeting and touring with John Collely was the hight point of our day. Very knowledgeable and great person to spend the day with. 5 stars!

Dennis M

Fun and engaging virtual whiskey tasting for corporate event!

I organized a virtual whiskey tasting for our key customers. John Callely was an incredible host and storyteller - not too mention that he knows everything there is to know about whiskey. I'd highly recommend him for your next corporate event.

Kevin C

Very enjoyable. Highly recommend

We did a whiskey tasting on zoom because of the pandemic. Was thoroughly enjoyable and John's knowledge was impeccable. He had answers for every question we could think of. Highly recommend a go and can't wait to do an in person tour when the regulations allow.

Paddy Belfast

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