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Like much of the Scottish Highlands, Moray is a land of castles, whisky, rivers and rolling green landscapes. Bordered by the larger regions of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, and bisected by the famous River Spey, Moray stretches from the southern coast of the Moray Firth into the mountainous Cairngorms. At its heart lies the famous town of Elgin, but Moray is an area studded with gems of all kinds, from lively fishing villages and quiet riverside towns to remote whisky distilleries.
Moray is easily accessed by car, plane or train. The nearest airport is in Inverness, but Elgin also has its own railway station. If you’re not bringing your own vehicle, rest assured that car rental is done very easily in Moray. The easiest places to hire a car are in Elgin or at Inverness Airport, and once you have a vehicle you should find the driving fairly straightforward. The two main roads within Moray are the A96, which carries you east from Inverness through Elgin down to Aberdeen, and the A95, which travels southwest from Keith to Ballindalloch. Smaller A-roads offer transport to other towns and villages, but it’s certainly worth packing a sturdy pair of walking shoes to tackle the more remote places.
An ideal place to start your driving tour of Moray is in the peaceful seaside village of Findhorn, situated between Inverness and Elgin. Attractions here include bird-watching and seal-spotting, as well as the Findhorn Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the history of the town. From Findhorn, head east into Elgin, the provincial capital of Moray and the largest town in the region. Because of its size, Elgin offers the widest selection of hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, bars and attractions in Moray. It is also famous for its stunning historical landmarks – the spectacular ruins of Elgin Cathedral and nearby Spynie Palace – and is a short car journey from the Benedictine Monastery at Pluscarden Abbey, which is free for visitors to tour.
From Elgin, you can head up to the villages on the coast, continue west to the riverside town of Fochabers, or drive south to Dufftown. Fochabers is a picturesque town, home to antique shops, an 18th Century clock tower and a stunning walled garden at nearby Gordon Castle. Fochabers also offers easy access to the tiny coastal village of Spey Bay, a starting point for the famous Speyside Way walking trail and the Scottish Dolphin Centre. Dufftown, meanwhile, is home to beautiful Balvenie Castle, and the whisky distilleries at Glenfiddich and Balvenie. A stay in Dufftown also allows for a trip to Ben Rinnes, a mountain popular with hikers that offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
For a true taste of the wild Highlands, a venture into the Cairngorms is recommended. In the winter months, these rugged mountains are covered with snow and play host to thousands of keen skiers and snowboarders, but in the warmer seasons they are a beautiful place for cycling, rambling and long, scenic drives.
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