The Echlinville Distillery became Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013.
Echlinville Estate was founded by the Echlin family in the 1730, a notoriously influential and powerful family in Ireland at this time. Most notably Bishop Robert Echlin who was the guardian and implementer of the new reformed church in the counties of Down & Connor. Robert settled in the Ards Peninsula around 1612, becoming the founder of the Echlins in the area.
It was his great grandson Charles Echlin who bought the two storey property in Rubane in the early 1700s and renamed it the Echlinville House & Estate. It may have changed down through the years but the majestic house still provides the perfect backdrop to exciting new times for the Echlinville Distillery.