Cape Clear Island Distillery was an aspirational concept which has now become an operational venture, born from the sheer determination and commitment of an extraordinary community who live in one of the most beautiful places on this planet.
Cape Clear Island Distillery was developed by members of this island community, who through Comharchumann Chléire Teo achieved full planning permission in 2016; at that point, Cape Clear Island Distillery Ltd was set up. Since then, we’ve acquired an outstanding dedicated water source, created and trademarked new whiskey and gin brands, opened a display cottage and gained EII status (tax relief for investors).
We started bottling our unique and flavourful gin in November of 2019. Our focus will be to continue to uphold the highest standard of quality for the gin, as well as to work toward making whiskey as soon as possible.
Our triple distilled, classic Irish whiskey will be well-crafted and distinct, made with 100% Irish barley and with water sourced from our island well. Clear Atlantic rain, filtering through our sandstone landscape, provides us with the fresh water for a whiskey that will combine smooth maturity with an enveloping presence of the ocean.
Our gin is a labour of love, as it took many tries to perfect the recipe. The result is nothing short of spectacular. The gin’s juniper berries blend harmoniously with island-harvested honeysuckle, fuschia, and kelp.
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Cape Clear Island is the ideal setting for a distillery, visitor centre and cask store.
This is a Gaeltacht/Irish-speaking island, famed for its natural beauty. It is recognised worldwide for storytelling, language, traditional music, and sailing. Also associated with the island is the iconic Fastnet lighthouse, located on a solitary rock formation four miles to the west.