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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 51 Activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

You'll never see a cask the same after this tour. They take you right to an observation deck and you watch these craftsmen and apprentices build every barrel buy hand. If you enjoy watching a skilled hand make something without power tools this is a must. You also gain a greater appreciation for the whiskey that these containers house. After... More

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a working cooperage and not an historical monument to the past which makes it all the more worthwhile. However, there is an historical dimension to it by way of a short introductory video before the short tour commences. The guide is very good at explaining past and present workings of the cooperage. The tea room is excellent and... More

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Morwell, Australia
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100 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I've seen the making of barrels before but this was different. After the initial short intro movie we moved through to the viewing deck above the workshop area. From here we could see the coopers repairing barrels. The guide was very informative and was able to answer all our questions.

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

been here before but when taking friends through the highlands its a must to visit. SO much hard work goes into these barrels and they don't waste any of it even when they have reached their use by date they are made into furniture etc. really eye opening and a good export business for Scotland. Had lunch- just soup and... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I've never given a thought to how casks are made and only visited the cooperage as it was a wet week and we'd run out of things to do! The visit starts with watching a video which we found interesting but what really fascinated us was watching the coopers at work. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Seeing the Speyside Cooperage in action was a highlight of our trip. The tour included a video and then going to an overlook of the workshop to watch the coopers make and repair the casks. We have a new appreciation for their craft, skills and strength. The kids (little and big) enjoyed putting together a demo cask. The guide was... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Everyone knows that Whisky has to sleep in a cask for a long time ... but how important the making of this cask is clear to me now. These hard working man make it all possible. Great respect and very happy I saw them really working. I will think of them everytime I have a wee dram. The location is... More

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

Dear McSan41 It is very kind of you to take time to review your visit. Thank you for your comments; I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the facilities and location. I also hope you enjoy your next wee dram! Best regards Gill More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The visit was interesting but not as good as the promotional leaflet suggests. The front of the leaflet leads with a close-up image of the barrels being flamed - we didn't get to see this at all (apart from on the video). Getting a bit closer to the action would be good - I know it's a working factory but... More

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

Dear DaddyBadger2010 We very much appreciate your review of your visit to the Cooperage. I am sorry to hear you feel your visit could have been better; you are correct that we do not let visitors in to the area where the casks set alight - this is due to the obvious safety implications which is why we show the... More

Braemar, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went there a few days ago and planned to do a few distilleries and stopped by the cooperage, as without casks there would be no whisky Great location and plenty parking, a very good welcome and was shown a short video about the oak source etc the was met by Ronnie our guide, he was full of knowledge and explained... More

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

Hi Jimbob Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, it's great to hear you found the tour interesting and Ronnie, our head guide was so knowledgeable. I am glad you found the facilities and location great; do visit us again if you are ever back in the area. Best regards Gill More

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I learned things about the beautiful oak whiskey barrels and watched the coopers at work, a dying trade.

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

Hello Mary Thank you for visiting the Cooperage and for your review. The traditional craft of coopering certainly is fascinating to watch and I am glad you found it interesting. Best wishes Gill More

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