From Aberlour to Urquhart, Moray is full of communities with history.
Moray has witnessed visits from various historical groups competing for the region’s territory including the Romans, the Picts, the Vikings and the Scottish nobility. Today, Moray is the 8 th largest council area in Scotland.
Elgin acts as Moray’s hub with most commercial and administrative centres being based here. The Moray Council, Moray’s administrative body, is based here. Other large towns include Aberlour, Keith, Buckie, Fochabers, Forres and Lossiemouth. Scattered throughout Moray are smaller communities such as Portgordon, Dallas, Mosstodloch and Hopeman.
Moray has become a prosperous region, blessed with an abundance of natural resources to compliment the talent of its people. The quality of Moray’s water and surrounding sea, for instance, has led to the emergence of Moray Seafoods in Buckie with its high quality fish on one end, and on the other, the highly successful whisky industry in Speyside. Chivas Regal, Glenfiddoch and Glenlivet to name a few have become household brands throughout the world, let alone Scotland, and still base their distilleries in Moray. This has led to the creation of the popular “Malt Whisky Trail” that attracts many a visitor every year.
Moray’s natural resources have also led a successful food industry. Walkers, based in Aberlour, have been producing quality shortbread for decades. The same is true for Baxters. Hailing from Mosstodloch, this family-run business has taken advantage of Moray’s fine produce to create quality jams and soups among other products.
Moray is blessed with beautiful countryside that also proves popular with visitors. With a wide variety of beauty spots, popular walks include the Dava Way, the Speyside Way and, for the keen walker, the 50 mile-long Moray Coastal Trail that runs between Forres to the west and Cullen, a picturesque coastal village, to the east. Other beauty spots include Sueno’s Stone in Forres, Brodie Castle, Gordon Castle near Fochabers and Bowfiddle Rock in Portknockie. With a long coastline in the area, Moray also boasts a variety of beautiful beaches such as those in Cullen and Lossiemouth.