Join the 2018 Irish Whiskey Trail

How do we get our Irish Whiskey Tourism Business or Attraction listed on the 2018 Irish Whiskey Trail?

Listings on the 2018 Irish Whiskey Trail are free of charge. Irish Whiskey Trail Listings are awarded each year on Irish Whiskey Day (3rd March) to the top 20 or so Irish Whiskey Tourism venues on the island of Ireland who in the opinion of our judging panel, bring something special and unique to Irish Whiskey Tourism.

Irish Whiskey Trail Smartphone Guide

What we look for in an Irish Whiskey Trail Listing.

Our editor Stuart McNamara often defines the essence of an Irish Whiskey Trail venue to be ….

Irish Whiskey TrailStuart McNamara Sonny Molloys Galway

Irish Whiskey Trail Editor Stuart McNamara.

“if a visiting whiskey aficionado flies into Ireland and hires a car to drive across the island to visit any place on the Irish Whiskey Trail, they should never consider their journey to have been wasted”.

It’s not just how big your business is or how many whiskeys you stock. More importantly, its about the people who serve both your business and Irish Whiskey Tourism in general as ambassadors and influencers in the Irish Whiskey world. That’s why a small whiskey bar with friendly knowledgeable staff may be awarded a place on the trail, but a big Dublin mega pub with hundreds of whiskeys on the shelves, but with no whiskey champions on the staff, may not.

Sometimes a pub with a large and varied whiskey stock may also have a strong focus on other angles such as beer or music. Such venues may not be considered for the award of a listing on the Irish Whiskey Trail. To considered as one of the top twenty Irish Whiskey Venues, there must be no doubt for the visitor, once they walk into that venue, that it is “all about the Whiskey”.

Of course, any venue which is unsuccessful this year in making it onto the Irish Whiskey Trail, can always promote themselves through a paid listing on one of the regional whiskey trails or, if they are a pub, through a free listing on Irish Whiskey.Pub

An award of a listing this year does not necessarily guarantee a listing on next years trail. Once an award is made, our team of judges made up of Irish Whiskey commentators, guides and aficionados, discretely monitor the listings on the guide during the year to see that standards are being maintained.

We also consider how active the listing venue is in supporting and promoting the Irish Whiskey Trail, fellow listings on the trail and Irish Whiskey Tourism in general.

Irish Whiskey Trail Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre
What’s the prize?

Well, in addition to being listed as one of the top 20 or so whiskey tourism venues in Ireland for that year, those venues awarded a 2018 Irish Whiskey Trail Listing will also receive free listings on all other of our regional whiskey trails that are relative to their location.
So, for example, a pub in Kinsale, in addition to their free listing on the Irish Whiskey Trail at will also receive similar free listings on the Irish Whiskey Way at and the Cork Whiskey Trail and Munster Whiskey Trail (for Launch in Q1 2018).

Dublin Whiskey Trail Irish Whiskey Trail
A Dublin venue will also receive free listings on the Dublin Whiskey Trail and the Leinster Whiskey Trail . Future regional whiskey trails in Ireland including the Belfast Whiskey Trail, Connacht Whiskey Trail, Munster Whiskey Trail and Ulster Whiskey Trail will be launched in Q1 2018.

Do you accept paid listings or advertising on The Irish Whiskey Trail?

In a word, No.

Because we want to keep the Irish Whiskey Trail as a home of excellence in Irish Whiskey tourism, free of commercial pressure and influence, we do not accept either advertising banners or paid listings on the Irish Whiskey Trail at Therefore, the only listings that you will ever see on the Irish Whiskey Trail are those who have received awards for Irish Whiskey tourism excellence in that year.

We do accept advertising and paid listings on our regional Whiskey Trails in Ireland. We also permit brand / expression sponsorship in the “We sell xyz” category on each listing. Contact us for details.

As already mentioned, those awarded free listings on the Irish Whiskey Trail will also receive free “Featured” listings on their local regional whiskey trails.

How do I apply to be considered for a listing on the 2018 Irish Whiskey Trail?

Our first port of call each year in considering potential candidates is to consider the venues already listed on our regional whiskey trails and also the Irish based Pub listings already listed on our free Global Irish Whiskey Trail for Irish Whiskey Pubs around the world – http://IrishWhiskey.Pub.

So, if you think you have what it takes to be one of the Top 20 Irish Whiskey Tourism Venues in Ireland in 2018, let us know about your venue before 31 Jan 18 using any or all of the following methods.

  • Create a free listing for your venue at Irish Whiskey. Pub , our Smartphone Friendly Global Irish Whiskey Trail.
  • Create a paid listing (€150 per year) for your venue on one of our regional Irish Whiskey Trails such as the Dublin Whiskey Trail, Leinster Whiskey Trail or Irish Whiskey Way etc.
  • Send us some information about your venue using the Contact Form on this website.
Irish Whiskey Pub Irish Whiskey Trail

Remember! All Listings are Free on IrishWhiskey.Pub!

You can also make us aware that you would like your venue to be considered for whiskey trail membership by using the Irish Whiskey Trail contact form at Our judges visit venues randomly, quietly and un-noticed, so don’t worry that we don’t email or call you back to “arrange” a visit with you.

For obvious reasons we do not enter into correspondence regarding the non award of a listing. Please do not feel offended if your venue is not one of the few selected for the trail each year. It’s not that there is anything wrong with your venue. In general, only four or six pubs make it on to the Irish Whiskey Trail each year, as many other venues will be distillery centres or other whiskey tourism attractions.

And don’t forget, if you have not been successful this year, don’t worry! You can create a free listing at any time at Irish Whiskey .Pub or a paid listing on your local regional whiskey trail.

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2018.

The new Irish Whiskey Trail for 2018 will be announced online on 3rd March 2018 which is International Irish Whiskey Day.

Note. The Irish Whiskey Trail was created in 2014 in response to many, many requests from the international audience and  readers of seeking local Irish advice on the best whiskey tourism venues to visit when touring or visiting Ireland.  Each year since, the editor and judging panel of the Irish Whiskey Trail carefully nominate the the best 20 or so whiskey tourism venues in Ireland who in their opinion, offer something very special to a whiskey tourist visiting Ireland.

Whiskey Blogger
Whiskey Blogger

Stuart McNamara (@WhiskeyBlogger) is an international Whiskey Blogger who edits several International Whisk(e)y and Whiskey Tourism sites including and He is Chair of the Irish Craft And Artisan Distilleries Association (ICADA) and is an elected member of the National Council of ISME, the Irish SME Association. He is also the creator and editor of International Irish Whiskey Day which is celebrated on 3/3 or 3rd March each year and had a global social media reach in 2021 of over 20 Million. He is a Director of Portmagee Whiskey and has also acted as both a brand and product development consultant to several other Irish Whiskey and other spirits producers.

International Whiskey Reviews by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara