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Speyside Cooperage

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Address: Dufftown Road, Craigellachie, Scotland
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Fascinating insight into an ancient craft

When we arrived at the cooperage we had a short wait for the next tour to begin so we popped into the gift shop and tea rooms, although the staff were welcoming and friendly it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
CalandDel
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

When we arrived at the cooperage we had a short wait for the next tour to begin so we popped into the gift shop and tea rooms, although the staff were welcoming and friendly it felt like a high street tourist shop. The tour started with an entertaining film celebrating Scotland and the cooperage, with additional light, sound and smell... More 

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear CalandDel It was our pleasure to have you here at the Cooperage and I am delighted you found the staff welcoming and friendly. I am sorry the gift shop wasn't to your liking; we do try and offer a wide range of products including some which are exclusive only to the Cooperage. Your comments on the film and the... More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This place is well worth a visit and situated in a beautiful setting. Good tour and friendly staff in the cooperage and shop. The tearoom though was a bit of a disappointment. Not so friendly in there on the day we visited. Maybe tourist fatigue had set in early.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Heloise 12 Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Cooperage. I am disappointed to hear that the Coffee Shop did not live up to your expectations; giving all of our visitors a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere is extremely important to us and I have shared your comments with the staff. I am pleased that you found your... More 

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

There is a very nice film and then the tour. The coopers are paid by the piece so you really get to see them at their best and fastest.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hi George Thank you for visiting the Cooperage, I am pleased you enjoyed the new film and the subsequent tour and found it to be educational. The Coopers do work at an amazing speed which is fascinating to watch. Your review is very much appreciated. Best regards Gill More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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273 reviews 273 reviews
27 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Was on a scotch tour and our guide included this as part of the tour. At first was skeptical as I didn't think it'd be that interesting. I was wrong. They start off with a video that's informative and entertaining. Tony was out host and he was superb. As a former cooper he provided more than a tour, he provided... More 

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Edelan Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Cooperage - I am glad that although skeptical at first, you found it to be a worthwhile inclusion in your tour. I think your host that day was Ronnie - he is our head guide and an ex-cooper; I have passed on your compliments to him. I hope you enjoyed... More 

Pitmedden, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We were travelling in the area and looking for a place to stop for lunch. It was a beautiful day and we stopped and had a quick look around the outside and the gift shop. We had a sandwich and a cup of tea and sat outside in the covered area. Very relaxing and when we have more time we... More 

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Lasalle Thank you for choosing the Cooperage as your stop for lunch; it was our pleasure to welcome you. I have passed your comments on to Sharon who was in the Coffee Shop that day and she is delighted you enjoyed your time in the barrel-themed coffee shop. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards Gill More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Unfortunately we were too late for the tour. The gift shop and the staff are very good and worth the stop even if you don't do the tour.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Robert That is such a shame that you missed the tour! It is very kind of you still to leave a review and the ladies in the gift shop were delighted with your comments. I do hope we can welcome you back one day and you can enjoy the whole experience. Best wishes Gill More 

england
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was an absolutely super place to visit. There's a great wee film explaining everything with some rather nifty special effects, then you get to see the craftsmen making the barrels, utterly fascinating. Beautiful location, friendly staff. There was a free tasting in the cafe, and a good gift shop. And the admission was ridiculously reasonable. Top marks!

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear fififolle What fantastic comments - thank you! We are delighted to have met with your expectations and that you enjoyed all aspects of your visit so much. As you saw, we have a new 4D film with some little "extras" incorporated and your feedback on that was also much appreciated. Best regards Gill More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

So interesting to watch true craftsmen at work and boy do they work hard. Great knowledge from the visitor attraction staff too. Highly recommend a visit, we could have watched for hours

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Jane Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Cooperage. I will pass your comments on to the team who will be delighted that you found the tour interesting and informative. I hope we get the chance to welcome you back. Best regards Gill More 

Monifieth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Watching these men at work assembling barrels made me feel tired. I'm told they are on Piece Work and they work extremely hard. It is fascinating to watch how quickly they can assemble a barrel. This is well worth a visit if in the area. The toilets were spotless and the cafe had a small but good menu for lunch

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear albuntin Thank you very much for your review. It is quite amazing to watch the Coopers at work using many of the traditional methods assembling the casks at almost lightening speed! I am pleased you enjoyed the tour as well as the rest of the facilities we have on offer. Kind regards Gill More 

england
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Went as part of a coach trip fantastic visit very interesting indeed I could have watched them fella s working all day

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Adelle Thank you for comments following your visit to the Cooperage; it is so fascinating watching the Coopers at work and they make it look so easy. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your coach trip. Best wishes Gill More 

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