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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 48 activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Factory Tours
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Visited last week and was very impressed and only £3.50 to get in - it is not huge but worth a visit. There are boards to read and then a video to watch, then you are taken up to the viewing area where a guide explains all processes and what all goes on in the Cooperage. It is lovely outside... More

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Callington, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A fascinating experience and getting to see the coopers at work was incredible.The viewing gallery must be unique. It gave us a much better idea than the usual reading of displays although the video intro was good. The staff really made this tour special. The guide who took us round was knowledgeable (being an ex-cooper himself!) but he was so... More

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

Dear Brian Thank you for taking the time to review your visit and for your comments; I am so pleased that you enjoyed your tour and found it so informative. I hope we can welcome you again in the future. Best regards Gill More

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

A fascinating experience and getting to see the guys at work was incredible - they work so hard and must have muscles on their muscles! As it seems to be in Speyside, the staff really made this tour special. The guide who took us round was knowledgeable (being an ex-cooper himself!) but he was so friendly and interesting (I'm sorry... More

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

Dear CarolCB1983 Thank you for your Trip Advisor review of your visit to the Cooperage. I am delighted to hear you found your guide whose name is Ronnie so knowledgeable and you were made so welcome by Hilary in the Gift Shop. We hope you can visit again if you are in the area. Best regards Ms Gill Mackie More

Scotland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

checked specifically is this was open before setting out but closed when we arrived - good businesses check their websites are kept up to date and accurate!

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

Dear DoubleDScotland Thank you for your comments. I am sorry you arrived to find the Visitor Centre closed. On the home page of our website it does note we closed from 20th December 2013 re-opening 6th January 2014 and our leaflets note that we are closed over Christmas and New Year. I am not sure if you happened upon an... More

Galashiels
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Really good and interesting visitor attraction. The viewing gallery above the work place is brilliant as you get a great view of the whole area. The café & gift shop on site has a nice selection of gifts and the café is nice and clean and tidy with good food. Overall a place worth a visit.

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

Dear Pedro-Galashiels Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Speyside Cooperage on Trip Advisor. I am delighted to read that you were happy with all our facilities here and hope to see you again in the future. Best regards Ms Gill Mackie Visitor Centre Manager More

Crail, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We visited this attraction this week and were very impressed by the whole set up. The staff are very friendly and are willing to answer any questions and give further insight into what a Cooper actually does with some very amusing anecdotes. There is a 15 minute video which explains exactly how the barrels are made and then you're off... More

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

Dear Crailkid Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your visit. I am pleased you found the Cooperage tour so enjoyable and have passed your kind words to the staff and we hope we can welcome you back in the future. Ms Gill Mackie Visitor Centre Manager More

Dyce
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Answer - when it's a cask of course! A very enjoyable visit for a nominal entry fee. Even although we arrived at 3.00 pm (last tour 3.30 pm) and the only ones there the staff couldn't have been friendlier and more informative. Super viewing gallery to watch skilled men work and boy do they work. Lovely shop. The cafe which... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Found ourselves at a loose end near Dufftown. The rain and clouds were right down and sightseeing impossible. A mountain of barrels attracted our attention on our way to the Glen Fiddoch. and decided to take a look, and we were delighted we had taken the time as a warm welcome awaited our arrival and a fascinating tour including a... More

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Verona, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Friends told us to stop here and it was well worth it. The introductory video is very informative and shows you places you can't see in person. Then you go to the observation galleries to watch the coopers at work. It was fascinating and very hard to photograph. The coopers are paid by the barrel and they fly through their... More

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London
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My wife and I stopped in to the Cooperage recently on our way across Scotland. Welcoming and informative staff / guides made this an unexpected and interesting visit! A bit of a shame that the gift shop didn't appear to sell any casks or cask slats though!

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