The old county of Moray (pronounced murr-ree) centres round the former royal burgh of Elgin and is well-known for its gentle climate and lush farmlands. For well over a century, the barley grown here was malted by the Speyside whisky distilleries, ma
Moray is the north-western neighbour of Aberdeenshire and the ancestral home of the Speyside whisky industry. Whisky remains the main draw for visitors to this fertile region and is home to several distilleries linked by the Malt Whisky Trail. But there is more to Moray than just Scotland’s national tipple.
Overflowing with natural beauty, Moray offers a spellbinding scenic backdrop for a whole host of outdoor activities including fishing on the River Spey, watching dolphins frolick off the Moray Coast, tranquil forest walks, and hikes up peaks like Bin Hill.
The site of an ancient Celtic province once presided over by the legendary Macbeth, the history of Moray is a rich one. You’ll find its compelling past is laid bare at spellbinding castles, medieval cathedrals, pretty fishing villages and attractive royal burghs such as Elgin, famed for its luxurious cashmere. From mysterious Pictish artefacts to tales of Victorian innovation, the story of Moray and its people can be explored at an array of museums and heritage centres.
Moray is set in the Highlands and is easy to reach by air, rail and car. The A82, A9 and A96 (which runs through Elgin) are the three main roads to and from the Highlands. The A95 which leads to Aviemore also runs through Moray. The area is also served by daily buses from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, while Inverness Airport is located just over an hour away, and Aberdeen Airport an hour and a half. Moray also benefits from a good local bus and rail network, linking the area’s towns and villages.