Fes­ti­val to host whisky hunt

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Drinkers rais­ing a glass at this year’s Spirit of Spey­side Whisky Fes­ti­val have been in­vited to take part in a spe­cial trea­sure hunt for rare drams.

The five-day cel­e­bra­tion of Scot­land’s most fa­mous ex­port, run­ning across the re­gion from April 27 to May 1, will in­cor­po­rate the world­wide craze of geo­caching for the first time.

The ac­tiv­ity in­vites par­tic­i­pants to en­joy the great out­doors and fol­low clues to find spe­cial stashes of hid­den treats.

It is usu­ally per­formed with the aid of GPS tech­nol­ogy, but for the fes­ti­val’s chal­lenge, com­peti­tors will be given hints and tips on where to dis­cover the Spey­side se­crets when they reg­is­ter.

Minia­ture bot­tles of whisky will be stashed across Spey­side, and

“We ex­pect it will gen­er­ate con­sid­er­able cu­rios­ity”

those that dis­cover the nips are urged to re­place the dram they take with a tip­ple of their own choice, to be found and en­joyed by the next geo­cacher.

James Camp­bell, the chair­man of the fes­ti­val, said: “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.

“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?”

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