Nestled in the world-famous whisky region, Elgin lies on the south coast of the Moray Firth roughly midway between Inverness and Aberdeen and straddles the River Lossie.
The town offers many pleasant characteristics, breathtaking scenery and a number of local distilleries including Glenmoray, Gordon & MacPhail and Glen Elgin most of which have open days for the public and whisky trails.
The town grew in importance during the 13th century and still largely adheres to its medieval street plan, with a busy main street opening out onto an old cobbled marketplace and a tangle of wynds and pends.
On North College Street, just around the corner from the tourist office and clearly signposted, is the lovely ruin of Elgin Cathedral. Once considered Scotland's most beautiful cathedral, rivalling St Andrews in importance, today it is little more than a shell, though it does retain its original facade. Unusual features include the Pictish cross slab in the middle of the ruins and the cracked gravestones with their memento mori of skulls and crossbones.
At the very top of High Street is one of Britain's oldest museums, the Elgin Museum, housed in this building since 1843.