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Holidays in Elgin

A pretty market town south of the River Lossie

Elgin lakeside

This attractive city is famous for its whiskey distilleries and surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Moray.Elgin is located on the south coast of the Moray Firth, between Inverness and Aberdeen. One of many impressive historical landmarks in the town centre is the ruined cathedral, on North College Street. As you explore Elgin’s maze of well kept streets, you’ll discover a variety of interesting, family-run shops and some excellent places to eat. Don’t leave without visiting one of its famous whisky distilleries, which include Glen Moray and Glen Elgin.

As a base for exploring Scotland’s ruggedly beautiful Moray region, Elgin is hard to beat. Within a short distance of the town, you’ll find miles of unspoilt countryside, where walking and wildlife-watching are popular.

The towering ruins of Elgin Cathedral are a must-see.

Ancient ruins

This magnificent structure was one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, and the principal church of the bishops of Moray. The 13th century west front is widely considered to be one of the country’s finest pieces of architecture. The cathedral is also home to Scotland’s tallest gravestone, which is five metres tall and dedicated to the Anderson family, from 1674 to 1813.

For a fascinating insight into the production of Scotland’s most celebrated drink, visit the renowned Glen Moray Distillery, on the banks of the River Lossie. Since 1897, one of the region’s finest single malt whiskies has been produced here by a team of expert craftsmen. During a tour, one of the distillery’s workers tells the story of how water and barley are transformed into ‘the water of life’.

Elgin is home to Scotland’s oldest independent museum. Elgin Museum is located on the High Street, featuring a fascinating collection of Pictish stones, archaeology, social history, natural history, art and science.

For a delicious meal in Elgin, check out the Lido, a stylish restaurant serving French and Scottish dishes, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. For a good cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake, try the Ditsy Teacup. This popular café is well known for its inventive scone flavours, including brie and grape, pizza and toffee apple.

Elgin is perfectly located for exploring the ruggedly beautiful Moray region of Scotland.

“This attractive city is famous for its whiskey distilleries and surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Moray.”

A short drive to the north is the coast, scattered with picturesque fishing villages and vast, sweeping bays. Nairn is a charming resort with a sandy beach, which can be easily visited for the day from Elgin. Head south and you’ll reach the famous Cairngorms National Park, a vast expanse of dramatic landscapes, crisscrossed by some of the country’s most scenic footpaths.

While you’re there

Johnstons of Elgin

A popular cashmere mill, shopping centre and friendly coffee shop.

Pizzeria Toscana

Pop into Toscanas for an extensive menu of Italian dishes and fine wines.

Elgin Cathedral

“The Lantern of The North” is another name for Elgin Cathedral, one of Scotland’s most beautiful ruins.

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