Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Sliabh Liag Distillers, has today announced that planning permission for its new €6m distillery and visitor experience has been granted.

The new distillery in Ardara, which will be the first to distil whiskey in Donegal for the first time in 177 years, will have the capacity to produce over 1.2m bottles of whiskey per annum.

Sliabh Liag Distillers given green light for new distillery

The company plans to create a number of brands, including the Ardara and Sliabh Liag single malt and pot still whiskeys, which will be heavily peated and authentic to the style of 19th century whiskeys from the county.    

Commenting on the news, James Doherty, Managing Director of Sliabh Liag Distillers, said: “We are really excited to get the go ahead from Donegal County Council and we look forward to commissioning the distillery and reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. The mix of contemporary and traditional finishes will complement the village of Ardara our aim is to create an opportunity for visitors to park in the village, walk along the Owentocker river, across a new footbridge and into the Show Field. It is important to us that local businesses benefit from the foot fall, and if we can get visitors walking in the village, increasing their dwell time, then so much the better for the entire community.”

In addition to producing whiskey, the company’s An Dúlamán gin still will be moved from its current location in Carrick to the new site.

Construction for the new distillery is scheduled to start later this year, with distilling operations due to commence in 2020.

Posted by Steve Rush