20th March, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival will this year host a geocaching event for the first time, which will see visitors hunt for drams in the Speyside countryside.
Spirit of Speyside will launch a whisky caching event this year
This modern day treasure hunt will take people on secret routes throughout Speyside, where they can seek out drams among nature.
Sometimes called a “high-tech treasure hunt”, geocaching involves hunting down containers called caches using GPS, although Speyside’s version will not require GPS, instead a guide with clues will be provided at the start.
James Campbell, festival chairman, said: “We are always keen to add new and dynamic offerings that will appeal to our visitors who travel from all over the world to enjoy the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
“There’s huge interest in geocaching and we expect the same to be true for whisky caching, which is being offered for the first time this year. It is certainly something different and an attraction that we expect will generate considerable curiosity, as we suspect this could be the first dedicated whisky cache trail in the UK, and one which will only be in operation during the festival.”
Three caches will be set out by Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, each containing a 200ml bottle. Once found, whisky cachers are required to replace the dram they take with their choice of miniature.
Campbell added: “What could be better than the chance to explore the great outdoors, soaking up the beauty of Speyside with the prospect of discovering a hidden dram along the way?”
Whisky caching will be offered daily during the festival and tickets can be reserved on the festival website. It is one of around 500 events that make up this year’s programme, which takes place from 27 April to 1 May.
Tickets and more information regarding the event is available at www.spiritofspeyside.com.
Last month, festival organisers revealed that this year’s event will see the launch of a Japanese whisky focus.