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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 52 Activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We only visited because of someone from the Aberlour Distillery recommended the trip and I am glad we did as it is brilliant. It is really interesting and only one of two working Cooperages in the country so it really is a rare attraction. The best part is the viewing gallery where you can watch the Coopers working and it... More

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Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

A very reasonably priced tour that provides insight and a cool viewing area above the work floor of the cooperage. You will see many masters and apprentices repairing casks for many of the area distilleries. Lovely gift shop and picnic are on the grounds. Note: only open Monday to Friday.

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Peterboro
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73 reviews 73 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Wasn't too sure that this would be an entertaining place to visit, but as we were passing we popped in and glad we did. The visitor centre is small, but manages to pack a lot in about this supposedly "dying" art, but when you get the opportunity to see the craftsmen on the shop floor, its clear that for this... More

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Port Orchard, WA
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16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A cooperage is a place where wooden casks are made and/or repaired. The tour here is free. This is a working cooperage, not a historical recreation. To me, that makes it even better. You start by going into a little room to see a short video (which I've completely forgotten in the three weeks since I saw it). Then, a... More

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New York
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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

Dear Kdowell Thank you for your comments. The tour certainly can leave one with a new found appreciation for the craft and skill that goes into coopering and I am pleased you enjoyed it. I hope the rest of your visit to the area was a pleasurable one. Best regards Gill More

Erskine, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hi John Thank you for your review (and your vote!). I am glad you found your guide so insightful and enjoyed the opportunity to appreciate the grounds on such a lovely day along with the rest of our facilities. Best wishes Gill More

Morwell, Australia
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100 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Colint50 Thank you for your comments on your visit. I am pleased you found your tour and guide so informative and hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Kind regards Gill More

Stromness, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hi Martins012 It was great to welcome you here again to the Cooperage; thank you for taking the time to review your visit. Excellent to hear you and your friends enjoyed your visit and lunch and we hope to see you again soon! Best regards Gill More

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

Dear Susiemc Thank you for your review - we are really happy you found your tour so fascinating and at a leisurely pace which you could enjoy. You are correct that coopering is a craft, at which our coopers are very skilled and we try our best to offer the most informative visit in a welcoming environment possible so your... More

Arlington, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Hilary Thank you for taking time to comment on your visit and the lovely compliment that it was the highlight of your visit to the Highlands. I am pleased you found your guide so well informed and had fun with the small demonstration cask. Best regards Gill More

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