Working with barrels as we do, we’ve had the chance to visit many of Scotland’s whisky distilleries, often with our small child in tow! Autumn is the perfect time for a visit and with the October school holiday fast approaching we thought we’d share some of the best distilleries to explore with little ones. All tried and tested by us! So why not get out there and enjoy some of Scotland’s fabulous scenery and whisky heritage. There really is something for everyone!
The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, Crieff
Scotland’s oldest working distillery dating from 1775, we love the history here and the very friendly staff. Kids are welcome on distillery tours and under 8s go free. There’s also a great gift shop where you can bottle your own and find a range of good quality Scottish gifts. If you need some time out, head up to Wild Thyme, a lovely cafe/restaurant with comfortable seats and great coffee. Keep a look out for the distillery cats, Glen and Turret or get your photo taken next to World record breaker, Touser the Mouser, a previous distillery cat who is said to have caught 28,899 mice during a 24 year reign! Visit www.theglenturret.com
Laphroaig Distillery, Isle of Islay
This distillery is one of our favourites for many reasons. There’s a lovely welcoming and relaxing atmosphere here. It’s right next to the sea with the waves lapping at the distillery buildings. Inside there’s a free exhibition explaining a bit about the history and there are also distillery tours you can go on, kids go free. Become a friend of Laphroaig (FOL) which entitles you to a square foot of land across the road from the distillery. Print out your certificate showing the co-ordinates, choose your country flag, borrow a pair of wellies and claim your land. After all that exertion, relax in the comfortable FOL lounge with a complimentary hot chocolate or coffee from the vending machine while enjoying the view- pure bliss! Don’t forget to claim your rent – a miniature bottle of Laphroaig! Visit www.laphroaig.com
Annandale Distillery, Dumfrieshire
One of Scotland’s new distilleries. It opened in 2014 and the first ever whisky is due to be released next month, November 2017.
Although it’s new, this has actually been the site of whisky production for many years and was a Johnny Walker distillery from 1886 until 1918. It has been carefully restored and is well worth a visit. We love the coffee shop with it’s beautiful wood interior and kids will love the Belted Galloway( black and white cows famously from this area) highchairs and their own menu. There are distillery tours available which last 45 minutes and children under 12 are free. There’s also a great gift shop specialising in “Made in Scotland”produce and though the whisky is not ready yet you can try the new make spirit available as peated or non peated. Visit www.annandaledistillery.com
If you are driving, be sure to ask for any drams to take away, most distilleries are more than happy to provide you with a pot or minature to enjoy later on.
In these days of ecommerce and with the popularity of online shopping from the comfort of your own home or phone soaring, you may wonder why we continue doing events when we can connect easily with customers digitally. The fact is we actually love getting out and taking part in various festivals and fairs, you can't beat face to face communication and it's a great chance for us to meet you, our customers and catch up with fellow exhibitors. So what's in it for you? Are there any advantages to visiting us at an event? We think there are plenty so here's our top 5 reasons why you should!
5 reasons why you should visit us at an event
1.Sensory experience: Photographs are on substitute for the real thing. Especially for something as sensual as wood. You'll be able to see, touch and smell our products for yourself. Pick them up, turn them around, get a better idea of size and the material. You'll also be able to select the exact product you want. As each barrel stave is different, there may be more or less grain or it will be lighter or darker in appearance than another.
2. Something new, different or one-off: We are constantly coming up with new product ideas or variations and we usually launch these at events first as it's great for us to hear what you think! We sometimes have one off pieces too which we rarely list online so if you are looking for something a bit unusual you are most likely to find it at an event.
3. Better offers: At many events we'll sell a selection of items cheaper than online. Why? well, we've gone to considerable effort to get our products to the event and we don't really want to take them all home again, so our bulkier, heavier items are at the best price you'll find.
4. Meet the Maker: Come and meet the artisan behind all our great products, Ali Fakourpoor. He'll be happy to share his passion for wood and all things whisky and Scotland related. Find out how our gifts are made or tell us about your favourite whisky, we love a good chat and welcome all questions. We love nice comments about our products too!
5. No hard sell!: We never push people to buy - promise! We don't enjoy this sales approach ourselves when we're looking to purchase something so you won't feel pressured at our stand. On the contrary, we're pretty friendly so we welcome browsers, especially admirers! If you like what we do, we'd love you to tell your friends or like our facebook page.
So now you know all the advantages to shopping with us at events, why not check out where we'll be next on our events page. Hope to see you soon!