The oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, Kilbeggan has been producing whiskey here since 1757. Well, almost—it closed in 1957 and was virtually derelict for 25 years, until locals revived it as a smalltime distillery and museum. Full production resumed in the late 2000s, in part using traditional methods and equipment, including oak mash tuns (vats) and a 2-century-old copper still—thought to be the oldest still in day-to-day use anywhere in the world. (They also have a working waterwheel and a steam-powered engine, although these are mostly for show.) Unlike most distilleries, you can wander around yourself, or choose one of the guided tours. The daily Apprentice Tour (€14 per person; hourly 10am–4pm and 4:30pm Apr–Oct, hourly 11am–2pm and 2:30pm Nov–March) includes a master-class tasting of three whiskeys, or, if you prefer, samples to take home. The daily Distillers Tour (€26 per person; 1:30pm Apr–Oct, noon Nov–March) allows you to meet the distillers themselves and take part in a four-whiskey master-class tasting. True enthusiasts can opt for the Connoisseur Experience (€85 per person), a 3½-hour extravaganza that includes lunch and the chance to bottle your own whiskey. It’s only available on certain dates; call or go online for schedule.