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Illicit whisky trail walks opened
Glenlivit walks [Pic: John Paul Photography]
It is hoped visitors will learn more about whisky history
The historic illicit trails used to smuggle whisky in Speyside are being opened up for guided walks.

It is hoped visitors will learn more about the history and importance of whisky to the area.

The Glenlivet Distillery and The Crown Estate have taken the step back in time to launch the three historic walks in the Glenlivet Estate.

They range in length from a family walk to longer hikes which explore the secret smuggling paths.

The Glenlivet Estate has a fascinating history, much of which is associated with its past connection to illicit whisky distilling
Andrew Wells
The Crown Estate

Each trail is sign-posted and an accompanying leaflet is available from the visitors centre at the distillery to bring its history to life.

Alan Winchester, malt distilleries manager with Chivas Brothers, said: "We are delighted to launch the Glenlivet Smugglers' Trails and we are keen to encourage visitors to try out the walks to get a taste of The Glenlivet's smuggling history and enjoy the fantastic scenery.

"These newly created trails enable visitors to Glenlivet to experience how whisky was transported by the illicit distillers of old."

'Truly memorable'

Andrew Wells, countryside and forestry manager for the Crown Estate said: "The Glenlivet Estate has a fascinating history, much of which is associated with its past connection to illicit whisky distilling.

"This history, combined with a picturesque landscape of wide open spaces and rolling hills, make it a truly memorable place to visit."

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead added: "Moray has a wide variety of attractions for visitors and the Glenlivet Smugglers' Trails will add another impressive string to the bow.

"Whisky plays an important role in the heritage of Moray and I welcome the work done by the Glenlivet Distillery and the Crown Estate to open these historic routes to the public."




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