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  • The Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie
    The Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie
  • Cullen
  • Findhorn beach, Moray
    Findhorn beach, Moray
  • River Spey near Craigellachie
    River Spey near Craigellachie
  • Strathisla Distillery near Keith
    Strathisla Distillery near Keith

Experience the magic of Moray Speyside. Explore the picturesque fishing villages, secluded coves and sublime beaches of the Moray coast and keep an eye out for the dolphins of the Moray Firth. Follow Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail through the heart of ‘Malt Whisky Country’, touring some of Speyside’s legendary distilleries. See historic castles, ancient cathedrals and intriguing standing stones that speak of the region’s Pictish past.

The Moray Coastal Trail is a 50-mile waymarked trail between Forres and Cullen which offers clifftop views, sheltered coves, hidden caves and beautiful beaches. Explore historic fishing villages with pretty harbours and look out for the dolphins of the Moray Firth as well as a wide variety of birdlife. Other fantastic walks include the Isla Way, the Speyside Way and the Dava Way

Buckie is the final destination on the Moray Coastal Trail and is a typically attractive fishing village.

Forres is a beautiful Moray town with stunning parks and gardens and Sueno’s Stone, that most impressive of Pictish relics. Nearby is Brodie Castle, a magnificent 16th century tower house.

Nearby Findhorn attracts sailing boats and a variety of birdlife. The historic coastal village of Burghead was once the site of a major Pictish fort, while neighbouring Hopeman boasts two stunning beaches and a lovely golf course.

From pretty Portknockie, you can witness the Bow Fiddle Rock, a spectacular arch-shaped rock formation not far from the shore.

Elgin’s key attraction is its 13th century cathedral, which is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings. You’ll also find Gordon & MacPhail, the world’s leading malt whisky specialist, and Johnstons of Elgin, renowned for its luxury cashmere garments.

The delightful seaside town of Lossiemouth has two classic links golf courses and two epic stretches of golden sand. Further east you will find the Scottish Dolphin Centre, where you can look out for some of the world’s largest bottlenose dolphins and learn about the history of salmon fishing on the fascinating ice house tour.

Fochabers is an attractive village, which lies on the Speyside Way next to the River Spey, one of Scotland’s big four salmon rivers. Nearby you can visit the Baxters Highland Village and browse and purchase the luxury soups and preserves of this local fine food producer.

Some of the finest beaches in the country are in Moray Speyside. Culbin Sands is one of the largest shingle and sand dune bars in Britain. Lossiemouth’s west beach is a vast expanse of golden sand and Cullen Bay has ‘The Three Kings’, a trio of isolated rocks that are local landmarks.

More than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are situated in Moray Speyside. Explore some of the region’s finest distilleries on the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail, including The Glenlivet and Glen Moray, and visit the award-winning Speyside Cooperage at Craigellachie where you can witness the master craftsmen hard at work on the whisky casks.

Keith is home to Strathisla Distillery, Scotland’s oldest continuously operating distillery.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is a fantastic celebration of whisky, food, music, culture and history. Not only does it take place in May, it returns later in the year with the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival.