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Speyside Cooperage

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Address: Dufftown Road, Craigellachie, Scotland
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Firstly the intro video and tour guide were very good. The viewing gallery also. A well done to the cask workers it must be difficult being watched all the time. Unfortunately... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Firstly the intro video and tour guide were very good. The viewing gallery also. A well done to the cask workers it must be difficult being watched all the time. Unfortunately there is goes downhill. The cafe was disappointing with bakes wrapped in clingfilm and pre-packed sandwiches. Half of the gift shop could be any gift shop. I do wonder... More 

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Hampshire, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

You don't have to be a Scotch Whiskey expert to truly appreciate this must see attraction in the Scottish Highlands. These artisans, or "coopers" as they are correctly identified, are responsible for repairing whiskey casts to be used internationally for storing whiskey. First there is a brief 15 minute presentation about the 125+ year history of coopering then, you get... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

After you've been on a few distillery tours they all start to sound the same since a lot of it is about the process. So this tour was unique because it's all about how "coopers" men who make the oak cast/barrels for aging, execute their craft. You'll be shown into a room to watch an exceptional film all about the... More 

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Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Despite living locally we had never been here. Happy to say we were pleasantly surprised and found our visit very interesting in particular getting to see the coopers at work. Fascinating part of the whole whisky making process. Nice cafe for afternoon coffee. There is a fee for the tour.

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Tayport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I popped in here for a tour prior to visiting a distillery. We found it really interesting. Also the way the wood was recycled when no longer of use for barrels. Lovely shop and cafe too.

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

Hi Frances Thank you for including us in your trip prior to your distillery visit. It is super to read you found the tour really interesting; your comments on recycling are quite correct - nothing goes to waste! I am pleased that you found the gift shop and coffee shop to your liking and hope the rest of your trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

What a cracking little gem this place is,we visited here as we were staying just down the road,we was welcomed by friendly staff who told us all about the place and what we would see on the tour. £4.50 for the tour wich includes a video with smells and sounds,then they take you onto the viewing gallery to see the... More 

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

Hi Douglas What can I say?! Thank you for such a complimentary review of your time here. At the Cooperage we try to offer our visitors the best possible experience and for you to describe us as a "cracking little gem" is a lovely endorsement. We really appreciate you highly recommending us. Best wishes Gill More 

Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Make this stop before hitting the distilleries! It makes all the difference in understanding the role of the casks in making scotch. The tour provides a great view of the ongoing work and tour guides were very knowledgeable.

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

Dear Colken2015 What lovely comments - thank you! It is massive compliment for you to recommend us so highly. We are so pleased you found your visit both informative and enjoyable and hope you had a good time at your distillery visits! Kind regards Gill More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

An excellent and informative tour. Watching the 'coopers' at work was a real privilege. Wonderful to see that such an ancient craft is still being passed on through the generations. The video explained beautifully the journey from acorn to cask. Well worth a visit.

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

Dear Lucy Thank you for taking time to comment on your experience at the Cooperage. It is superb to read you enjoyed the film, watching the coopers at work and found us to be well worth a visit! Best wishes Gill More 

Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited the Cooperage with family and we're greeted by the lovely staff in the visitor centre. They really are a credit to the cooperage and helped to make our experience a great one. The tour was informative, relaxed and had a great film at the beginning too. I would not recommend the cafe. A soul-less place offering pre-packaged jams... More 

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

Dear TiskiTiski Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Cooperage. The staff in the visitor centre were thrilled with your comments and delighted you found the tour informative and relaxed. I was saddened to read you were unhappy with the Coffee Shop and the service you received there; I shall certainly take on board your... More 

New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We loved visiting here to learn how to make the whisky barrel. We spent a lot of time watching the guys make the barrels from the glass windows!!. I wish they made barrel clocks again...

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

Dear Caroline I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience here at the Cooperage so much and spent a long time watching the Coopers at work from the viewing gallery. It is a shame that we do not have the barrel clocks; it is something we miss in the Gift Shop and are looking at trying to re-introduce.... More 

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Additional Information about Speyside Cooperage

Address: Dufftown Road, Craigellachie, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Craigellachie
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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