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15 minutes drive from Portrush. On 20th April 1608, a license was granted to Sir Thomas Phillips to “make, draw and distil ‘uisce beatha’ [the Irish name for whiskey] at Bushmills, making it the oldest license to distill whiskey in the world. Many lay claim to be the oldest whiskey in the world or to have the oldest distillery, however, the 1608 date puts Bushmills officially right at the start. World records aside, if you’re a whiskey drinker or enjoy/appreciate good drink, then a visit to the Bushmills Distillery and the town of Bushmills is a must. You’ll see the brown peaty waters of the River Bush which give the whiskey its unique colour and flavour and we’d certainly recommend a visit to the historic Bushmills Inn, which is a personal favourite of the founders of this website – there is nowhere better on a cold, damp winter day than in the Bushmills Inn in front of one of the fires with a pint of Guinness or a glass of Bushmills Whiskey.

Insider tip – Bushmills also has 2 AMAZING fish and chip shops – Flash in the Pan is our favourite. If you walk down to the river behind the shop you can sit on the wall and eat them in a tranquil and picturesque setting. In Bushmills you can also catch the gorgeous little train that takes you through the fields to the Giants Causeway. Not only does this help you avoid the traffic at the Causeway, it’s a great way to arrive at the Causeway if it’s your first time. The train also goes straight through the fairway of the 4th on the Bushfoot Golf Course, so you can enjoy this unique golfing experience.

Bushmills Distillery

The Bushmills Inn (building dates from 1600's)

One of the top things to do on the Causeway Coast is to taste Bushmills Whiskey whilst in the Bushmills Inn, both of which date back to the 1600’s.

Bushmills on our Top 3 and Top 5 lists...