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Illicit whisky trails opened

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Trails used to smuggle Scotch whisky opened to visitors.

The notorious trails used to smuggle whisky around Glenlivet Distillery and The Crown Estate, have been opened for guided walks.

The distillery in Speyside, Scotland, hopes the three historic walks around the Glenlivet Estate will educate visitors about Scotch whisky.

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

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, Chivas Brothers malt distilleries manager, 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."