Lambay Island located just three miles from Dublin, is the largest island off the East coast of Ireland. It is about 2.5 square kilometres in size. Its highest point rises to 127 metres and is a place of priceless beauty.
Lambay is a nature reserve home to a colony of red neck wallabies, a herd of deer, seagulls, grey seals and puffins, natural flora and fauna that live together in perfect harmony. This private island paradise is owned by the Baring family since 1904.
There is a private harbour on the Western shore, and there are a small number of buildings nearby including a bothy, coastguard cottages and a real tennis court. Lambay has a natural water source – called Trinity well Water and offers the perfect maritime conditions for Lambay Whiskey Cask Maturation.
The House of Camus has joined the Baring family in partnering on this exciting new venture. Moved by the island’s beautiful, pristine surroundings, the Camus and Baring families share a common bond for the love of nature, entrepreneurship and L’art de Vivre. Maison Camus having already experienced the effect of island maturation with their cognac Ile De Ré, bringing this ethos of island maturation into the Irish Whiskey category.
Combining the respected art of Irish whiskey making with the century-old blending and maturation skills of Camus, Lambay Whiskey has direct access to some of the finest cognac casks in the world while also benefiting from the mastery of Camus’s Maître De Chais (Master Blender) Patrick Léger. This partnership ensures a unique product that captures to perfection the nuances of this natural paradise where the idea is born.
It is a nature reserve and place of intrigue and has long had an air of inaccessible mystery. When WB Yeats visited the island in the 1880s, he compared the experience of landing on a remote South Seas island for the first time.
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While we are very welcoming and love to have visitors, Lambay is a privately-owned island and therefore not open to the general public. As it states on our bottle, access to us is by invitation only. However, we are working on a new whiskey tourism experience that we will announce soon for private groups and details can be booked here: https://www.whiskeyisland.ie/private-island-experience/
Sea Tours runs two passenger trips daily; to Lambay Island & Rockabill Lighthouse (2 Hour & 30 mins) and Lambay Island Walking Tour (4 Hours) & 30 mins. The trips are run by local RNLI crewman Eoin Grimes. The boat can carry 12 passengers and 3 crew members, is fully insured and carries the required P3 license from the Department of Transport. For more information on the trips via Skerries tours: http://www.skerriesseatours.ie/