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The first legal distilling company in 175 years, Sliabh Liag Distillers is an international drinks business based in Donegal. Established by two ‘scatterlings’, James & Moira Doherty, who returned to the Sliabh Liag peninsula (pronounced “sleeve league”, meaning Mountain of Flagstones) to build a legacy. They have assembled a meitheal (work-gang) and set about creating a statement that our whole community can be proud of.

We are driven by a passion for soft-drinking hard spirits and take authentic inspiration from the rugged landscape, tough climate and rich regional traditions – our terroir. By allying that with the international view of a returning emigrant we are producing a series of carefully crafted super-premium brands that are sold across the world.

Our homes are in the festival town of Ardara, where our distillery is based; Carrick, where our blending, bottling and administration operations function; and in the future the development of the Bull Field, at the foot of the majestic Sliabh Liag.


Our team numbers more than 30, located in Donegal and around the world and they are at the heart of our business, led by our strong board.