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Bushmills distillery, Ireland

The village of Bushmills in Northern Ireland is known for its spirits, but it has a spiritual side too. Still, the Church of the Redeemer may not be as big a draw as Old Bushmills Distillery. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Galbraith sniffs a sample of Irish whiskey as he conducts a tasting at Bushmills distillery. Tours are offered daily, and you can take one in the morning. As tour guide Galbraith noted: “A wise man once said, if you don’t start in the morning, you can’t drink all day.” (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Bushmills Inn is a quaint re-creation of an old coach inn and mill house. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
A couple dines at the inn, listed as one of the most romantic inns in Britain by the Sunday Times of London. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Students who attend Trinity College in Dublin stop in at Bushmills Distillery to sample the wares. The tour of the distillery draws about 100,000 people a year. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Bushmills, in Antrim County, is about an hour’s drive north of Belfast. Its famed distillery marks 400 years in April. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)