Locke's Distillery, County Westmeath

Locke's is one of the venerable names in Irish whiskey distilling, dating back to the mid-18th c. The first of three generations of Locke's took over in 1843, the distillery ceased production in 1954 and closed in 1957.

Fortunately a new generation of Locke's whiskey has returned to the market thanks to local community effort in Kilbeggan the old distillery has been preserved as a museum. Much of the equipment once used at the distillery is still in place, including the brewing vats, the millstones and the mash turns. At each stage, the complicated details of the distillation process are explained.

Kilbeggan, 32 km (20 miles) E of Athlone on the N6.
Admission charge.
Restaurant.