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OUR STORY

Background

A small family farm on the southwest coast of Ireland.

An Irish farmer with a very big dream.  

The Scully family, the founders of Clonakilty distillery, have farmed this windswept coastal land for 9 successive generations. With the best resources that nature has to offer, prime land, pristine water and salt sea air, they had the perfect ingredients for a maritime distillery.

Distillery

Located at the waterfront, in the heart of Clonakilty town, the three gleaming copper pot stills are an inspiring sight to behold.

It is here that we distill our award-winning new make, alongside our visitor experience, shop and restaurant.  This is where the magic starts, and is the home of Clonakilty whiskey.

Barley fields

We grow our own heritage barley on our family farm in the shadow of the Galley Head lighthouse.

Centuries of sea mist, soft rain and ocean spray provide a complexity to the soil that permeates through to each individual grain.

Atlantic warehouse

Perched 200m above the ocean, our Atlantic Ocean warehouse is ideal for maturing the finest of whiskeys.

Pure clean air, transported across thousands of miles of the Atlantic, provides a freshness unspoilt by human intervention. 

Our Environment

We are privileged to support Whale and Dolphin Conservation in their worldwide quest to protect these majestic creatures.

In addition, we are proud members of Origin Green an independently certified commitment to sustainable corporate practice. 

Distillery

Located in the heart of Clonakilty town, our distillery opened in 2018. The three gleaming copper pot stills are an inspiring sight to behold. Here we create our award winning new make.

We also have a visitor centre, shop and restaurant on site. This is the home of Clonakilty whiskey.

atlantic warehouse

A few short miles away, perched on the edge of a cliff, you will find our Atlantic warehouse. This is where the magic happens, blending ageing, bottling and hand-labelling.

The air is ocean infused, and visitors leave with a taste of salt on their lips.

Our Vision

We draw inspiration for our spirits from the special marine environment, the unspoilt Atlantic coastline of Co. Cork.

Our VALUES

Passion

To distill the world’s best single pot still Irish whiskeys. We are already on the way to achieving just that!

Innovation

While respecting the traditional methods of past generations, we embrace the best of modern practice to explore, innovate and surprise.

environment

We respect, nurture and support. We take our sustainability and environmental commitments seriously.

people

We are proud of our team and recognize that without their dedication and commitment, none of this would be possible.

Our AWARD WINNING COLLECTION

OUR FOUNDING TEAM