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Speyside Cooperage

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

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Great experience...With a rude woman!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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New York City
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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

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 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

seeing how these barrels are made was very informative the men making them working so hard it makes you think twice the next time you see a barrel would have liked the visit to be a little longer

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

Dear Jo It is very kind of you to take the time to review your visit to the Cooperage. I am pleased that you found the experience so informative. Our tours run every half an hour from 9.00am until 3.30pm and, other than closing time, we do our utmost not to restrict guests, allowing as much time as possible in... More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The Speyside Cooperage is fun, educating and enjoyable. Seeing the work of crafting the casks is mesmerizing, and you get a chance to build a mini-cask at the end of the tour - not many succeeded, but we did :)

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

Hi Yael247 Thank you for highly recommending the Cooperage! The team are thrilled you found your tour fun, educational and enjoyable. By the sounds of it you had fun building the mini-cask at the end; you are quite correct when you say not many people can do it - it is much harder than it looks so well done! Best... More 

Calgary, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A fantastic short film to watch at the start, which explains EVERYTHING! It makes me proud to be Scottish and even more so that we produce such a beautiful product that is exported worldwide. A visit to this place will give you an even deeper appreciation of whiskey and the process from acorn to cask. Definitely worth a visit.

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

Dear VoyagerScotland It was our pleasure to welcome you to the Cooperage, thank you for such a positive review of your visit. The acorn to cask exhibition aims to showcase the amazing process of coopering and to read that you found it informative and interesting is a wonderful endorsement. Best regards More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The initial video tour was brilliant with a few surprises which I won't spoil for people who haven't been.. Watching the coopers practice their craft with such dedication was really nice. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Must visit for all whisky enthusiasts to see the often neglected part of the whole whisky making process.

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

Dear Beemie I am glad you enjoyed the film and the special effects you didn't give away!!! The Cooperage is a different aspect of the industry and we are delighted you found it to be well worth including in your itinerary. Best regards Gill More 

Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

You get a very good idea of what making casks really is. This is not an tourist attracion but the real deal.

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

Hi Rob Thank you for your comments. It is a delight to read you found your tour so interesting; we try to offer something unique and to be described as the 'real deal' is a huge compliment. Best wishes Gill More 

GA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Great experience to watch the function of the work place. The coopers work at quite a rate as they are paid by the pieces they finish. First we watched a video of the process which was complete to appeal to all senses---the smell of the wood and the burning of it! Our guide was very good and patient with all... More 

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

Dear Skitr19 Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you found your visit to be such a wonderful experience. The film has been getting excellent feedback and it is super to know our guests enjoy the special effects. It is welcoming to read you found your guide to be good and that you enjoyed the gift shop. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

So pleased we came here. The new multi dimensional video is not to be missed. Genius. The cooperage itself is fascinating & was difficult to tear ourselves away. Great guides & super friendly staff. This place is a little gem

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

Hi Ruth Thank you for leaving such great comments following your visit. It is wonderful to read you enjoyed our new video and found the Cooperage at work so fascinating. The whole team here at the visitor centre were delighted to read your review. Best wishes Gill More 

Juneau, Alaska
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

If you need a break from castles, distilleries, your golf score, woolen shops, sheep looking back at you from the roadside or whatever, this is a welcome stop. The guides narrating the tour are longtime employees and share the pride of their craft as you stand in an elevated gallery watching their coworkers repair casks that have come in from... More 

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

Dear George What fantastic comments - thank you! You really have captured the entire essence of the Cooperage in your review. I am so pleased that your visit to the Cooperage provided a welcome break and hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best regards Gill More 

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Additional Information about Speyside Cooperage

Address: 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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