The Secret Life of Glenlivet

Forbidden Seminary and Illicit Stills, The Secret Life of Glenlivet

The day is spent in the remote Glenlivet area of Speyside where we peer into a secret history of Jacobite refugees, illicit whisky production and secretly trained ‘Heather Priests’, with a short moorland walk to the secluded and peaceful Forbidden Seminary. Along the way, we look at how the Highland Clearances impacted not only the landscape, but the people that lived there, resulting in the Scottish diaspora. We add a couple of castles to the mix to show how the change from warlike clan chiefs to landed gentry was reflected in their homes and management of the land.

Our distillery visit is to the stunningly located Glenlivet Distillery, with a comprehensive tour and tasting of cask, plus two aged samples.

Visits to: Tomintoul; Braes of Glenlivet and Scalan Seminary (2km return walk on track); Glenlivet Packhorse Bridge; Glenlivet distillery tour and lunch; Drumin Castle; Ballindalloch Castle and tea; Inveravon Pictish Stones (Speyside pick-ups only); Cabrach Moor (Deeside pick-ups only)