Corona effect: Hit Netflix drama opens new hiking trail through East Cairngorms in Scotland

Its popularity, coupled with its fascination with all things royal, thanks to the castle and estate of Queen Balmoral, is now largely due to the increasing number of visitors to Deeside and the formation of a new tourist route that combines whiskey, heritage and the rich history of the area.

To help visitors get a true taste of the past, which includes clan wars, Queen Victoria’s role in establishing strong royal ties and military occupations, the Ballater Business Association (BBA) and Braemar Tourism Group (BTG) have launched the Jacobite Whiskey Trail. of their “Imagine More” campaign.

River Quoich Punchbowl, where members of the clan raised a toast to the 2nd Jacobite rising in 1715

The trail will connect whiskey with the area’s unique history dating back to the Jacobite period. Tourists can explore the sights and experience past eras by planning their visit with the help of a new interactive sitemap created by BTG and BBA.

It will also take you to important heritage sites such as Braemar Castle, the nearby cemetery, the village of Braemar, and a monument commemorating the Raising of the Banner of the Jacobite Rising of 1715. Farther west, the trail leads to the River Quoche Punchbowl, where the previous day a huge assembly of Jacobite leaders and clansmen had toasted the King Over Water from a large hollow in the flat rocks filled with whiskey and honey.

Simon Blackett, owner and manager of Yellow Welly Tours, said: “The hype around The Crown has definitely increased visitor interest in royal connections in the area. This has certainly worked in our favor as people want to know what we think and over the years I have been fortunate to meet the royals so I can give visitors a feel for their role and the fantastic interest they have in the area.

Haunted: Braemar Castle is on a new hiking trail.

“Interestingly, however, the visitors’ curiosity extends beyond our later royal history, and they were especially intrigued by the Jacobite period, when the 6th Earl of Mar raised a standard at Braemar to mark the beginning of the 2nd Jacobite rising.”

The campaign, which includes a website, promotional video, digital trail map and trip planner, is part of a series of five aimed at inspiring visitors to explore East Cairngorms as a year-round outdoor destination.

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The late Prince Philip, the Queen and several young members of the royal family at Balmoral. (AFP via Getty Images))

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