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Moray – The undiscovered county

Moray is a county located in the north east of Scotland, with a coastline on the Moray Firth.

It has been said that “Moray lies hidden from the main Scottish tourist route”, which is probably a nice way of saying that Moray is not high on the list of places to visit for tourists. However, it would be wrong to say there is nothing worth seeing in Moray and one of the benefits of having fewer tourists means many areas have remained unspoiled and less crowded.

Reasons to visit Moray

Actually, Moray offers many interesting attractions and is not so much hidden, but perhaps undiscovered?

Moray is a good location for sea fishing, but you can also fish for salmon and trout in the River Spey and River Findhorn. There are 16 golf courses in the area, including the championship links course at Lossiemouth. Other sporting activities include horse riding, mountain biking, walking, hiking, hill walking, climbing, sailing, diving, water skiing and even winter skiing.

There are quite a few castles in Moray: Auchindoun Castle, Ballindalloch Castle, Balvenie Castle, Brodie Castle, Duffus Castle, Lochindorb Castle (ruins) and a number of towers and forts.

Other places of interest include Birnie Church (built around 1140 and occupying the site of a 6th century Celtic church), Dufftown Whisky Museum (or one of the many distilleries), Elgin Cathedral, Pluscarden Abbey (the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks) and many others.

Entertainment and Dining in Moray

Moray offers a cinema, theatre, festivals and music. Restaurants worth visiting include Littlejohns and an Italian restaurant called Pizzeria Toscana, located in Elgin.

Accommodation in Moray

You can choose to stay in a holiday cottage, guest house or try camping. Hotels include The Stotfield Hotel (3 star) in Lossiemouth, The Cullen Bay Hotel (3 star) and the Craigellachie Hotel (3 star).