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Morayshire Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in Morayshire.

About Morayshire

Bow Fiddle Rock, Morayshire

Morayshire is also known as Elginshire. It is a northern Scottish county. Morayshire is divided into two different areas naturally. These are the fertile, level coast and the southern hilly country region. The county does not have any major mountains. Its highest peaks are limited to the hills of Carn Ruigh at 1,784 feet, Larig Hill at 1,783 feet, and Carn Kitty at 1,711 feet.

For rivers, Morayshire features two significant ones, the Findhorn and the Spey. The Spey divides the Forest of Darnaway from the woods of Altyre. In its first seven miles flowing through Morayshire, the Findhorn travels by among the most beautiful scenery in all of Scotland. It floods without much warning. The other rivers in Morayshire include the Lossie River than runs thirty-four miles to the Moray Firth. Both the Finhorn and the Spey Rivers are renowned for their salmon fishing. Smaller streams in the county also provide good fishing opportunities.

Lochs in this county are not significant or many. A few of them are Loch-na-Bo, Loch Spynie, the Loch of Blairs, and Loch Dallas. The biggest lake is Lochindorb, which is two miles long and also two miles wide. On an island along the upper end stands the Lochindorb Castle ruins.

The county's southern half includes hills and glens. Several of these attractive glens are the Glens of Lossie, Rothes, Tulchan, and Beag. The Valley of Strathspey is famed for its gorgeous expansive terrain.

Attractions & Heritage Sites within Morayshire

1. Elgin Museum - 1 High Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1EQ

The Elgin Museum was founded in 1836, making it the oldest independent museum in all of Scotland.

2. Dallas Dhu Distillery - Forres, Morayshire, IV36 2RR

The Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery was first opened on Mannachie Road, Forres, Morayshire in 1898 as a fully operational whisky distillery.

3. Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre - Fochabers, Morayshire, IV32 7DX

The Fochabers Folk Museum was opened in 1984, and allows its patrons a real insight to the every day lives and workings of Scottish people who resided in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Towns and Villages in Morayshire

Morayshire has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Forres - near Findhorn Bay is found on Ptolemy's maps made two millennia ago... More...
  • Grantown-On-Spey - stands on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park... More...
  • Lossiemouth - was built in the nineteenth century to accommodate the new port being constructed at the mouth of the River Lossie... More...

Useful Contact Information for Morayshire

Elgin Tourist Information Centre
Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 1HS
Tel No: 01343 562608

Grantown on Spey Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, PH26 3EH
Tel No: 08452 255121