Visit somewhere unique, somewhere memorable, somewhere adventurous and somewhere ancient. Moray (pronounced murr-ree) nestles between the Highlands to the west, Aberdeenshire to the east and the Cairngorms to the south. The region is well-known for its gentle climate and lush farmlands which lend themselves to food production, and of course, growing grain.
Moray Speyside is the home of the Speyside whisky industry, with more than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries counting the region as home. Whisky remains a big draw for visitors to this fertile region but there is far more to Moray Speyside than just Scotland’s national tipple as the region is also home to several craft distilleries producing gin and vodka, and some excellent breweries.
Overflowing with natural beauty, Moray Speyside offers a spellbinding scenic backdrop for a whole host of outdoor activities including fishing on the Spey and Findhorn rivers, watching dolphins frolic off the Moray Coast, tranquil forest walks, and hikes up peaks like Ben Aigan.
Moray Speyside’s history 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, and ‘The Real Macbeth’ the story of Moray Speyside and its people can be explored und enjoyed at the region’s museums, heritage centres and historic sites.
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.