Moray, pronounced ‘murr-ay’ lies at the heart of an ancient Celtic earldom and is famed for its mild climate and rich farmland. The barley fields of the region have provided the raw material for the Speyside whisky distilleries since the 19th century and today whisky is a big industry for the area with more than 60% of all whisky produced in Scotland coming from Speyside.

Located between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen, the region has a rich history and a stunning natural landscape from beautiful coastline to forests and mountains.

Elgin, a former cathedral city, is the centre of population and business and also has the highest concentration of retail, commercial and leisure provision. Elgin is the central node in a network of smaller market towns including Forres in the west, Keith and Buckie in the east and the coastal villages of Findhorn, Lossiemouth and Burghead to the north.

You are spoilt for choice for thriving places to live in Moray. Each location has its own attractions and activities - you'll never be stuck for something to do in Moray! Towns and villages include:

  • Buckie
  • Elgin
  • Keith
  • Lossiemouth
  • Forres
  • Findhorn
  • Cullen
  • Craigellachie
  • Aberlour
  • Dufftown

What makes Moray?

Moray is famous for a number of things, from traditional harbour towns and seals and bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, to historic castles and famous food and drink, including the traditional Cullen Skink, BaxtersWalkers shortbread and malt whisky. In fact, Moray is home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries.

Moray even has its own dialect - Doric. This ancient Scots dialect is still widely spoken today and even featured in the recent Brave movie by Disney/Pixar.

Activities in Moray

With much of the region situated along the Moray coast, you can find beautiful, sandy beaches in Burghead, Lossiemouth, Roseisle, Cullen and Hopeman. In fact, National Geographic voted Moray’s 35 miles of golden sandy beaches in the top 12 most beautiful and unspoiled in the world.

The River Spey and River Findhorn are ideal for salmon and trout fishing and Moray's 18 golf courses make it perfect for keen golfers. The region is also the perfect spot to enjoy a range of other outdoor sports, including climbing, skiing, watersports and hill walking.

Moray is ideally suited to cycling and there are routes for all the family, for all abilities and at all levels.  Whether it’s a family cycle through Elgin’s town centre following the River Lossie, passing the Cathedral and through Cooper Park, serious cycling such as the  Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails or taking part in thrilling mountain bike routes such as the Forestry Commission’s Monster Trails, there is something for every cyclist.

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