Found a few miles inland of the Moray Firth in Moray and straddling the River Lossie, Elgin is a pleasant Scottish town. The centre offers a range of shops and restaurants and some interesting historic sites of interest, including Elgin Museum, one of the oldest museums in Scotland, brimming with artefacts from Moray and around the world, and the magnificent medieval ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Situated in the heart of the whisky region, the town is home to a number of distilleries, and Glen Moray is open to the public for tours and tasting. Nearby is Spynie Palace, the residence of the Bishops of Moray from the 14th to the 17th Century. Parts of the ruins are open for visitors to explore. A few miles north to the coast is Spey Bay; the richly vegetated estuary provides some beautiful scenery, wildlife, and walks to enjoy. The town is also home to the Elgin Kart Raceway, a fantastic high octane entertainment for the kids to enjoy!
Located in the Highlands on the north coast of Scotland, Moray is one of the smaller of Scotland’s counties. There are some mountainous features including Bin Hill, but its main draw is the magnificent coastline, along the Moray Firth. Dolphin watching is most popular, with boat trips available to spot the many sea creatures that frequent the area. Seals, porpoises and the occasional whale have been seen in the Firth. The area of Culbin Sands, Culbin Forest and Findhorm Bay is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the Sands are an RSPB Reserve. The county is in the heart of Whisky country, with a vast number of distilleries in the area, including the historic Dallas Dhu, pristinely preserved and open to the public. For real enthusiasts, the Whisky Trail takes in many of the local distilleries in this area and is worth investigating! Towns and villages in the county include the fishing town of Lossiemouth on the north coast; Elgin, the historic city, home to the dramatic Elgin Cathedral ruins; and Forres, home to Brodie Castle and the Falconer Museum. Other attractions in the area include Spynie Palace, the former residence of the Bishop of Moray, Knockando Wool mill at Aberlour.
Highlands and Islands
This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found.