The Glenlivet Distillery Smugglers' Trail
Follow in the footsteps of Robbie MacPherson, one of the most notorious whisky smugglers with expert guides and a dram on the way. The walk will be led by Master Distiller Alan Winchester and a Ranger. Between them they will bring to life the history and natural environment of the route you will walk.
The 11km trail from The Glenlivet Distillery can be challenging in places. It passes the 16th century Blairfindy Castle, leads to the summit of Cairn Daimh [570m] and continues to the site of George Smith’s original distillery in Upper Drumin. It returns close to Josie’s Well, the natural spring which bubbles hourly 3,500 gallons of pure, ice cold water for making this iconic single malt whisky.
Smugglers like the legendary Robbie MacPherson hid their stills from the prying eyes of those excise men courageous enough to venture into the lonely glen. The smugglers moved their illegal cargo out of Glenlivet along secret paths that were often impassable because of snow or floods. Stout boots and waterproof jackets are recommended.
Free distillery tours depart every 20 minutes from 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00pm to 4.00pm on Sundays. Over 18s only.