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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 54 Activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Went for the tour of the Cooperage with friends and children. At the start of the tour you watch a video about the production of casks, it is very interesting even the children sat quietly through it. Then the tour guide takes you up to the viewing area of the Cooperage where you can see the Coopers hard at work.... More

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

Dear Lara M Thank you so much for taking time to leave your review. I am so pleased that you and the children enjoyed the audio visual and found the viewing gallery so interesting. Well done on attempting to build the miniature cask! It is also good that you found the staff so friendly - I will certainly pass your... More

State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We visited Dufftown to purchase whiskey -- where else but the whiskey trail. The Speyside Cooperage was recommended and were are really glad we listened. The tour was inexpensive and very informative. You see a 15 minute film which gives an overview of making and repairing the casks for distilleries. You then proceed to a viewing gallery where a guide... More

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

Dear Kathy I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Speyside Cooperage and found the tour informative. Thank you for taking time to leave a review; I will be sure to pass your comments on to the team. Best regards Gill More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

Dear Jonalexander Thank you for following the recommendation and visiting us. I am pleased you found the viewing gallery so fascinating and had fun with the small barrel - not many people can complete it! Kind regards Gill More

Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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

Hello Terry The team and I are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Cooperage. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit and our facilities. Kind regards Gill More

Peterboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

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

Hello a_travellerPeterboro Thank you for your review on trip advisor. I am delighted that you decided to stop by as you were passing and were pleasantly surprised with your visit to the Cooperage. Best regards Gill More

Port Orchard, WA
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33 helpful votes 33 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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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear ElliottBay Thank you for visiting the Cooperage and taking the time to leave your comments. The work is very physically demanding and the team are please you found it interesting to watch and that your guide was able to answer all your questions. Best regards Gill More

New York
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15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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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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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

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