On the trail of region’s illicit whiskey past

History buffs will be on the trail of the south-west’s illicit whiskey stills this weekend.

Whiskey Stills Inc is hosting a tour of the southern end of the region’s whiskey trail, meeting at the Boggy Creek Hotel at 9am on Saturday.

Alan Hart on a tour of the region's whiskey trail.

Alan Hart on a tour of the region's whiskey trail.

The tour will make stops along the way at important sites in the region’s illicit distilling past, which dates to the 1880s when a number of whiskey stills were dotted around the bush.

Whiskey Stills Inc president Alan Hart said plaques had been placed at notable locations along the trail and the tour would visit those at Delaneys Corner, Whiskey Creek, Brucknell Scout Camp, Terang, Camperdown and Cobden.

A short talk will explain the significance of each site and Mr Hart said the tour would take about three-and-a-half hours.

Whiskey Stills Incorporated was formed in 2003 after Mr Hart came across old records at Cobden police station when he was sergeant.

He said people commonly distilled their own whiskey in the 1800s because it was higher in quality and cheaper than the imported English product, which was taxed. The last still was seized in 1895.