Glenlivet Hill Trek Smugglers' Trail Tour - on Carn Daimh summit enjoying a dram whilst overlooking the Robbie McPherson Smugglers Trail.
In 1823 the Excise Act was passed, which sanctioned the distilling of whisky in return for a licence fee of £10, and a set payment per gallon of proof spirit. Smuggling died out almost completely over the next decade and, in fact, a great many of the present day distilleries stand on sites used by smugglers of old. The Excise Act laid the foundations for the Scotch Whisky industry as we know it today
By the 1820s, despite the fact that as many as 14,000 illicit stills were being confiscated every year, more than half the whisky consumed in Scotland was being enjoyed without payment of duty. Today you can walk the Malcolm Gillespie Smugglers Trail in the Highlands. Malcolm Gillespie was an exciseman in the 1820s and was the most feared and respected by the outlaw whisky smuggling community. He was wounded in the course of his work no less than 42 times!