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“Whisky Tour? This is a must see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Speyside Cooperage

Speyside Cooperage
Dufftown Road, Craigellachie, Scotland
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Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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“Whisky Tour? This is a must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

The barrel making process is under appreciated as a component of the whisky making process. This working Cooperage displays the history and the methodology of modern barrel making and repairing with excellent precision. A small fee applies and the tour takes on three methods. The first is a self guided reading tour in the front room. The second is a video explanation of the workings of the Cooperage. The third is a visual observation deck of the working Cooperage. Check out the oldest workers - they whip the young boys' butts in efficiency and skill. Very physical and impressive to watch; ask how much they produce and how much they earn for an additional shock!

Visited April 2013
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

The cooperage is fantastic, it gives a history of the industry and the talk was given by an ex cooper who showed us around and we could see through a large window overlooking the working area the hot, noisy, physical work conditions the coopers had to work under. It was piece work and they had to work hard to make their money, and they did, (not much talking (very little) and slacking or waiting around, they were hard at it all the time, focussed on their work and this was not because we were watching, they did not know they were being watched half the time, they were all concentrating). There was a test area where you could have a go at making a cask..Not as easy as you think, but good fun. The cafe is ok as well, serves light lunches and soups and cakes (wine/spirits etc as well). The cooperage in Craigellachie is a bit out of the way. You could visit, from Inverness by going on the A96 then turn off at Elgin down the A941 Craigellachie - Dufftown road, is a quarter of a mile south of Craigellachie and four miles north of Dufftown. You could visit also on your way to or from the cairngorms for example. All in all it was a good trip, and experiential. You saw how casks were made and you learned about the process.

Open all year, Monday to Friday, from 9am until 4pm (Last Tour 3:30pm)

The cooperage was closed from Friday 21 December, reopening Monday 7 January 2013. So this maybe every year....

Wheelchair users welcome - C.C.T.V. available if required.

Exhibition and Audio Visual are displayed in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Italian.
Admission

Adults: £3.50
Juniors: £2.00
Students/Senior Citizens: £2.80
Family: £8.50
Group Rate: £2.50 (Minimum 15)

Visited November 2012
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Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
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“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the cooperage. It was a very interesting tour showing the history of the coopers. We then saw the coopers at work repairing the casks using traditional techniques helped by a few modern machines. I could not build the cask at the end though!! Highly recommended.

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Oldmeldrum, United Kingdom
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“Good fun & very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Took friends on a bit of a Whisky Trail tour & stopped off here as a result. The guides are informative with a good sense of humour. The video introduction is interesting & informative. I could watch the Coopers for hours, the speed & accuracy with which they work is incredible, & it's good to see that there are still young people wanting to learn the trade too. We all tried making our own barrel from he samples on the viewing balcony - great fun, you certainly need several pairs of hands. Gift shop is very nice with good gift ideas, coffee shop does what it says on the tin, it serves tea/coffee & snacks which is all is needed - & usually a free taster of a local wine, added bonus. Would certainly recommend a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“Interesting and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This was our first visit on our Whisky trail holiday. We were welcomed by a very nice man who showed us to the first exhibit, a hallway with boards that had interesting information on it. We then moved on to a film viewing, a short documentary about this particular cooperage and the coopers' trait in general. We then moved on to the viewing area. You can see the actual working area of the coopers. Real fascinating to behold. As they are paid by the cask, not a lot of communication was held between the coopers, understandably. Our guide (I'm sorry I forgot his name) was extremely knowledgable, as he himself worked in the Whisky (Glenrothes if I remember correctly) and cask industry for a big part of his life. A treat to listen to and learn from. I would recommend a visit to this cooperage to anyone. You will learn lots!

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